Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fabric Flower Hair Pin Tutorial

Fabric Flower Tutoral
I am in love with wearing flowers of all kinds in my hair this spring. Fabric flowers are beautiful, long lasting, eco-friendly and extremely easy to make yourself! You probably have most of the necessary materials already, but craft stores or beauty stores should have the rest. I used a piece of scrap orchid purple silk left over from this dress reconstruction, but any fabric will do. Be aware that some fabrics will fray a bit and it is completely up to you if you're into that sort of thing (I am!). When I first attempted to create a fabric flower, I freehanded the outline on a piece of card stock paper but Alex was awesome enough to create a printable flower stencil for this tutorial! The stencil may be adjusted on the computer to make any size flower you choose, so feel free to play with it! The whole process takes less than twenty minutes, and even less once you've done it a few times. Have fun and get ready to feel super crafty and cute in your fabric flower hair pin!
Fabric Flower Tutoral
You will need:
-scrap fabric (about 10" x 5")
-flower outline; sized, printed, and cut out (I sized mine at 2.5" x 2.5" but Alex made this outline so you could size it however you like on the computer. Thanks, Alex!)
-glue gun
-a thin foam sheet (i got mine for under a dollar at Michael's)
-a bobby pin with pad (found these in the bridal section of Michael's for $1.99)
-fabric marking pen
Fabric Flower Tutoral
Step 1 - The Cutting: Trace 5 flowers onto scrap fabric. Cut out carefully, but don't stress if you mess up a little. Cut out a small 2" x 1" rectangle from the same fabric to use as the center of the flower. Cut out a small .5" circle from the foam. Cut out an identical .5" circle from the fabric. Since we don't have a stencil for the rectangle or foam circle, just freehand it onto the material.
Step by Step Fabric Flower tutorial
Step 2 - The Petals: Place a tiny drop of glue onto the center of only 4 of the 5 cut out flowers (fig. a) and fold in half, pressing lightly (fig. b). Fold each flower in half again and place a droplet of glue between each side (fig. c).
Step 3 - The Center: Okay, now take the 2" x 1" rectangle of fabric and hold it in half lengthwise. Place a small drop of glue at innermost end, roll it together, and secure in place with another drop of glue (fig. d). Then, take the fifth cut out flower, fold it in half, and place a drop of glue on the end. Set the rolled up rectangle on the glue and roll the cut out flower around it, secure with more glue (fig. e). This should make a neat little center piece to attach the petals to (fig. f).
Flower Tutorial pt. 2
Step 4 - Putting it all together: Put a drop of glue at bottom point of each folded petal (fig. 1). Then, press each petal around the centerpiece (fig. 2) so they are all firmly glued in place (fig. 3). Glue the foam circle piece to the fabric circle piece (fig. 4). Glue the foam circle fabric side up to the base of the flower (fig. 5). Place a drop of glue on the pad of the bobby pin (fig. 6) and press foam circle to pad. Voila!
Step 5 - Take a bunch of silly photobooth photos of the flower in your hair and send them to me :) If you'd like to see more detailed photos of the step by step process, check out my flickr!
finished flower!!