I had a few ideas when I designed this headband. I wanted a black piece that was flecked with gray and accents of sparkly red. This is the result - the Paisley Petal Flower Headband, and I'm sharing it with YOU, the fabulous visitors to Blissful and Domestic, first! Yea!!!
|I was getting no cooperation from my daughter so I used the Pillow Pet! Hey, at least he was sitting still!|
- Two 2" strips of black satin
- One 2" strip of gray satin
- One black metal headband
- black felt
- one round head button (not pictured)
- red glass seed beads
- red crystal beads
- needle and black thread
- hot glue gun and hot glue
Begin by cutting the strips of satin into 3/8"ish tiny strips. I just used scissors and estimated the width. You don't need to be very exact while cutting these strips. I followed this cutting pattern (without a fold in the fabric) to make one loooong tiny strip made from the original 2" strip. Begin cutting on the 2" edge.
|Tiny strips just perfect for braiding!|
Tie two black strips and one gray strip together in a quick knot at one end. Braid the strips together. Knot the other end after you complete the braid.
*It is easiest to secure the knotted end to something and let the ends hang down straight. I pinned the knot to the top of a bath towel hanging on the wall. There was plenty of room for the ends to hang down and not get tangled. Keeping the ends of the strips well separated while you braid will help too.*
|Beginning the braid. Notice the edges are starting to fray.|
*I find it is easier and you have more control if you keep the flame stationary and move the fabric (such as with a candle) instead of keeping the fabric still and moving the flame (such as with a lighter)*
|See the difference? The top has been singed, the bottom has not.|
Now that the braids are complete, you are ready to move on to phase two...hahahahahaha!
Oh sorry, I got away from myself for a minute. I'm fine now, really... :)
|Here are the materials again with the braid added.|
First, make yourself a pattern for your paisley petal. I sketched one out on a piece of paper. The paisley pattern was approximately 2" long and 1 1/2" wide.
Another easy way to find a pattern is to use a clip art program. I often use Microsoft's Clip Art site found here.
Cut five paisley patterns out of felt. One for each petal. Begin sewing the braid onto the felt. *(Here is where I insert my disclaimer. I LOVE to hand sew, I do it whenever I can. You can use hot glue or fabric glue to make the paisleys, but that will make your finished flower much heavier, thicker, and much less flexible.)* Start at the center of the fat end of the paisley and sew in a circle. Then sew around the outside of the pointed end and fill in the rest. Snip the end of the braid, fold the end under towards the inside, and sew it down. Tie the end of the remaining end of the braid off with a knot.
|Click on the photo to enlarge.|
|Click on the photo to enlarge.|
Each braid made two paisleys. Sew four paisleys on one side and the fifth on the other side. This will give the finished flower a swirly asymmetrical feel. You can also sew all five paisleys on the same side for a spiral look.
Once you have finished all of your paisleys. Begin stitching them together. Sew two paisleys together, then another two paisleys. Sew both sets of two paisleys together. All of the curves should be curving the same direction.
|Sew the pairs of paisleys together.|
|See how the last paisley goes the other way? It has an almost starfish like look to it.|
|Here you see rhe button I covered with black felt and seed beads. I used the fabric glue to adhere the felt to the button.|
Use hot glue to attach the button to the flower.
|Sewing on the crystals. A few of the seed beads fell off but only a few.|
|Trim the under felt.|
|All alone. Do you see the crystals?|
|Lulu Panda is looking Stylin'.|
|I got my daughter to sit for ONE photo only! :)|
|Back to the stuffed animals.|
|Here you can really see the crystal patterns on the petals.|
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