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Exciting guest post--Cute headband tutorial!

I'm still on the road, so today I'm excited to share a guest post for a super fun and cute tutorial from Kristen at Peace, Love, and Crafts!  If you haven't checked out this blog, I highly encourage you to--Kristen has a ton of great simple sewing projects and other fun ideas at her super cute blog. And enjoy her tutorial!!
hello lovely readers of Adventures in Dressmaking!!! my name is Kristen over at Peace, Love, and Crafts. (when i get the chance) i love to create new things and of course try out all the cute tutorials that other awesome bloggers post...like Suzannah! she asked me to do a little guest post and i am super excited to share one of my favorite tutorials i did awhile back. i am a busy lady...juggling full time nanny, full time student, wife, and soon to be mom!! i know i am crazy. come check me out when you have a chance! enjoy!!

flower pedal head bandpedals headband

i got this inspiration from a hair piece i saw awhile back from anthropologie, but i can't find a picture of it...i guess it was really a while back. but anyways i thought i'd share with you how i made them. the fun thing about these is that there's all sorts of ways you can do this, from different colors to sizes and then arrangements. so i will just show you one way for now...(oh and they look like flower petals to me, so i will call them petals) :)

what you'll need: fun color felt (you can use other types of fabric but this is the easiest to me and shapes really well), matching or nonmatching thread to add more color, sewing machine, headband, small piece of fun fabric, and hot glue gun.

step 1: grab the colors of felt you like. this is a good project for extra scraps laying around too!
felt scraps 

step 2: figure out what size you want the petals to be. i did a lot of experimenting with the sizes but for this one i used about 2 1/2 inches in diameter for the top and about 2 inches for the bottom. (the size of the base is how big the petals will be)

step 3: cut them out! i usually trace all my circles first and then cut them all out at once.
cut out felt 

step 4: take the top (bigger) piece. you can call this the starting position. ;)
starting position 

step 5: this is where you want to make a "dart." for those who don't know what that is, simply fold over the right side with the end point at the center of the circle
fold over 

step 6: this is what it looks like folded over...and then a side view of the fold.
folded overside view of fold

step 7: pin the fold and now you're ready to sew it down
pin fold 

step 8: start the stitch on the outside (about 1/4 inch away from the fold) and sew all the way to the point in the middle (getting closer as you get to the middle)
sew the dart 

then you get this!
sewn dart 

step 9: take the top part you just did and pin it on top of the base piece. it probably won't fit perfectly just by laying it down, but try to pin them together with the edges together. (this will give that poof of added material since they do not match perfectly)...not sure if that made sense :)
pin back 

step 10: sew the pieces together with an 1/8 inch seam allowance.
sew together 

and then you get this!
sewn flower 

and this is the back...
sewn back 

sooo you do this several times and you get a bunch of cute petals...
sewn flowers 

the more you do it the better you'll get...trust me. lol i used this one as my valentine's headband (since it was close to that holiday then)
pedals headband 

i cheated and used a hot glue gun to attach the petals together but you can stitch them as well.
back of pedals headband 

i used some of this fabric to cover underneath. again i just a hot glue gun. she's my best friend.
pedals headband 

yay! hope you like it. let me know if you make anything with the petals! thanks again Suzannah for letting me share on your awesome blog. hope everyone has a great day!!!

peace and love


Thanks again, Peace, Love, and Crafts! Have fun, readers, and I'll get back to you soon when I get back from my road trip!


  1. I think you are thinking of the rosette fascinator by Giant Dwarf here. The store sold some of her indie fashions for a while.

  2. How cute and easy! I love this!

  3. Anonymous8/06/2010

    These headbands are adorable! I think I'm going to try making them.



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