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How To: Rolled Fabric Flowers

How To: Rolled Fabric Flowers
So I am jumping on the bandwagon and loving all the rolled fabric flowers I've seen here and there. We decided to make some with the girls in our church youth group, but I couldn't find a great tutorial on how to make them so I played around and this is what I came up with.Enjoy! Start with about a 1" ripped strip of fabric (you can use any width...this was the width I liked best). The length and weight of your fabric will dictate the end diameter of your flower. Fold the strip in half and dot a little fabric glue on the end 1/2" or so. Roll the glued end a few times to get a nice tight center. Then, once you have a center you like, start twist/folding your fabric away from the center as you roll. It will start to look like this. Continue rolling until you have a flower that is sized the way you like, but make sure you leave at least a 1" or 2" tail (enough to cover flower bottom). Spread glue all over the bottom side of the flower. Then fold tail down to cover glue. Maybe. Related:  fashion crafts

Rolled Fabric Flower Belts Remember several weeks ago when I showed you how I made my girls some rolled fabric flower headbands? (Click here if you missed that post.) Well, we also made some belts using that same fun rolled fabric flower idea, but I got so busy with Spring decorating and Easter fun, that I'm just now getting around to showing them.So, here they are now, modeled by myself and my Lily... Very little or no sewing required. And super-easy and cute for girls of all ages.All you need to make these are some rolled fabric flowers just like we used on the headbands, 2 to 3 inches of velcro, and enough elastic to go around your waist. I made one with basic white elastic for myself. To make the belt, just wrap the elastic around your waist, allowing it to overlap by 3 inches on each end. Lastly, just hot glue the flower onto one end of the belt and you're done. I told you these are easy! These are so much fun, they make you just want to twirl. Too bad I can't find those pictures of me twirling, too!

No-Sew Fabric Flower Belts I'm kind-of a fanatic about fabric flowers. Basically, I'm crazy about flower pins, ga-ga for flower headbands, & I've never met a flower belt I didn't like. And after I'd bought 2 fabric flower belts in the past few months, I thought, "What am I doing? I could so make these." So, that's what I did. And if you love a good flower belt, you can make one, too! Here's what to do: Choose one of your own belts that you'd like to add a flower to. You'll need some felt in a coordinating color. (1/8th of a yard will be more than enough for this project) You'll also need some scissors & a hot glue gun. Start off by creating a belt slide. Then, just squeeze a strip of hot glue along the top & bottom edge & sandwich them together to create your slide. Next, you're ready to create your flowers. For these, just cut approximately {8} 3-inch circles for each flower. Squeeze a little hot glue into the center of one of the circles & then pinch it together to make a little fluffy bunch. Hope you like these!

Beaded Ribbon Necklace Techniques Beaded ribbon necklaces are possibly the simplest type of necklace to make. One of these little beauties might just be the perfect accessory you need to go with that new summer outfit. All you have to do to make one is thread a ribbon through some beads. But if you've tried this, you know that sometimes that's easier said than done. Here are a couple of tips and methods I've found that work for me...Start with the right ribbon and beads. After that, you can use one of these methods to string on the beads.1. 2. Cut a thin piece of wire and fold it in half, letting the ribbon rest in the fold, creating a threaded needle technique. Once you've threaded all your beads onto the ribbon, tie it to the length you want it and snip the edges of the ribbon. A little clear nail polish on each ribbon edge will keep them from fraying. These necklaces are super-simple with the right techniques.

Silhouette Jewelry How-to...(Mom, You're Not Allowed to Read This) Mom, I'm serious. If you're reading this, jump on over to Amy's blog or something. Or at least start practicing your surprised look when you open up your gift on Mother's Day. I'm so excited about this project I just did that I decided to post about it right away for those of you who may still be stumped as to what to get your mom for her big day. After browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby and finding out that their jewelry-making supplies are 50% off this week, I came up with this Silhouette Charm Necklace using pictures of my kids: Do you love it? The great news about this project is that it's relatively quick and also pretty easy. So, here's what to do: Head to Hobby Lobby or any place that sells these bezel pendants and a necklace chains. You'll also need a small amount of scrapbook or other pretty paper and some Gloss Mod Podge. Next, cut your pretty papers to fit your pendants and paint on a thin layer of the Mod Podge on the back of the paper to secure it inside the pendant.

Fabric Flower #3 -"Burnt Flowers" Now I think that Page & Jes saved this flower tutorial for me, since it's super simple (and I like to play with fire -haha). ;-) I have to say that I think this flower has to be one of the most fun to make, due in part because you do indeed get to "burn" the flower! I call this the "Burnt Flower" tutorial. You will need: Poly-satin fabric, fabric scissors, needle & thread, a few small beads of choice, and a candle flame. #1) Start out with a poly-satin fabric, pick your favorite color or play it up and combine several different colors for a one of a kind flower. #2) You can create how ever many "petals" or layers that you'd like. 3, 4, 5+Cut however many squares aka petals in 1" increments, depending on the size of your flower. #3) Next, take your scissors and round the edges. #4) Now for the FUN part! These are pretty fool proof, hence why this is MY flower tutorial. haha! #5) Next pick a few beads for the center of the flower. Now you may ask, what can you do with these flowers?

Flower Headband Tutorial Growing up I was never much of a girly girl, preferring jeans and a t-shirt to anything with ruffles or flowers most of the way through high school. I never wore makeup and mostly put my hair in a pony tail. Then I went to collage.I don't know why but I actually started wearing more feminine clothing and even occasionally wore makeup. I cut my hair short and cute too. Fast forward to now and I still wouldn't call myself a 'girly girl' but I really do like to get dressed up in something cute and LOVE ruffles and flowers. I had some scraps from taking in some shirts (I'm back into the same jeans I wore when I got married, two kids ago!) Then use E6000 glue to wrap it around a headband (got these beauties 6 for a dollar at the Dollar Store!) Put a bit of glue at the end and then every inch or so, so the fabric will stay secure, and begin to wrap. Finished wrapping at the end. When the seam is done gather it, making it about half the length you started with. Like so! Here it is in the yellow.

Five Days... 5 Ways: 3 Things Thursday: The Skirt Challenge {#4}—Fabric Flowers Oh, y’all… You know when you think something’s a really great idea but know it will be a lot of work/time and think, “Boy, this could be touch-and-go, but that’s okay. I can pull it off…surely.” Yeah, that would be: Of course the super-organized thing would have been to get all my tutorials done early (like last week) and then present them to you first thing every morning with panache and punctuality. But that is so not my life right now (Baby, come hooooooooooome!). And while I will spare you the details of today, suffice it to say that nothing (and I mean nothing) has gone right. Do you have those days too? (It’s a rhetorical question; I know we all do). But you know what’s really cool? For me… One of the most selfish, easily annoyed human beings I know (on my worst days) and one of the weakest (without His strength) on even some of my best. It’s so humbling and good all at once. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I do not have “it all” together. I think most of you know that by now. and

Five Days... 5 Ways: Wardrobe Wednesday: The Skirt Challenge {#3}—The Ruffled Scarf Okay, so I know most of us are pretty much out of scarf season, but after yesterday’s, ahem, eventful weather, the temps around here have cooled rather drastically, which is pretty much the only benefit to arise from a dozen tornados tearing through the DFW area and landing Arlington in a “state of disaster.” So since I had already planned on making a ruffled scarf for this edition of: …I will now get to actually wear it out (at least in the morning). I promise I’ll add pretty pics later, but I posted Monday’s and Tuesday’s projects so late that I felt like I had to turn right back around and show you another one in a couple of hours, so I figured I would get this one posted with a couple of midnight shots I nabbed in my friend’s (soon-to-be-painted) bathroom and then update a little later with the good stuff. No 27-step tutorial for you today, I’m afraid, although I will briefly describe what I did: (Tomorrow, I’ll be showing how I made each of the flowers in the corsage). Who knows? v

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