Photo: Artsy Tartsy Photography
Have you ever wanted to know how to create your own fabric flower headband?
Well, you’re in luck because today I’ll be sharing with you a fabric flower tutorial on how to create a pretty floral headpiece.
This tutorial will cover a tulle flower headband for flower girls and the little ladies in your lives. Go on and channel your inner Martha Stewart, you know it’s in you!
Just a little note before we begin – I always prefer to work with a needle and thread rather than glue so this tutorial does assume some basic sewing skills. Sometimes you just have to use glue but wherever possible, I will use a needle and thread because I find it leaves a nicer, prettier, cleaner finish – free of messy glue residue.
So, grab yourself a cup of tea, clear a spot at your table and let’s get started!
You will need:
- Spotted tulle – enough to cut 12 x 3″ squares and 4 x 2″ squares
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing needle and thread - fold the thread in half and tie a knot at the base so you’re ready to go
- Satin headband
- 1.5″ felt circle
- Dressmakers chalk or pen
- Pearls, crystals, rhinestones or beads to finish
1. To begin, cut out the petals. You will need 12 x 3” sized tulle squares and 4 x 2” tulle squares.
2. Next, fold each tulle square in half and then fold in half again to create a smaller square. Pinch the base and carefully pin to hold down. Repeat for all 16 pieces. You should now have 16 ‘petals’. Separate the 12 x 3” folded petals from the 4 x 2” folded petals.
3. Mark a dot at the centre of the felt circle with a pen or dressmakers chalk.
4. Position your first 3” petal on the felt circle with the folded tip just touching the marked dot. Using thread and your sewing needle, carefully stitch the petal into place near the folded point. Continue to sew each petal onto the felt circle ensuring that the petals overlap slightly and their inner points touch. Continue until you have sewn down all 16 pieces.
As a guide:
- Bottom layer – 5 x 3” petals (slightly overlapping)
- Second layer – 4 x 3” petals (evenly spaced)
- Third layer – 3 x 3” petals (evenly spaced)
- Final layer – 4 x 2” petals (evenly spaced)
5. It’s now time to embellish! Stitch into place your finishing touches. I love mixing crystals and beads for this piece but experiment with pearls, rhinestones or vintage buttons. For added security, I like to go through each bead with thread at least twice. When you are happy with the embellishments, tie a double knot underneath.
6. Grab your headband and find a spot to position the flower. Fold the sides of felt circle over the satin headband and carefully stitch together to create a seam. Tie a double knot and cut the thread.
Congratulations on finishing your handmade headband!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and you are feeling inspired!
Feel free to experiment with different sizes, colours or embellishments. If you would prefer round petals, cut a soft curve or perhaps a heart shape into the open side of the tulle during Step 2. That’s what I love about handmade – the flexibility to create whatever takes your fancy.
If you have any questions or comments about this tutorial, please leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Love Percy xx
Photo: Artsy Tartsy Photography