I had this post planned for Show & Tell Wednesday, but a class field trip and sick kiddos put me a day behind. So today I’m breaking out of the mold, going hog wild and doing Show & Tell on Thursday. What can I say, I’m wild, I’m a rebel (not really… in fact I’m the complete opposite of that. I am rule follower, because after all that’s what they’re for.)
This is a little sneak peak at some things I’ve been working on for the last week.
I was invited to take part in Ladies Night Out next Thursday night. Ladies Night Out is a fun event hosted at Jake’s Coffee in Ripon (CA). Vendors set up tables with their wears, and people are able to shop while enjoying fresh coffee and delicious coffee-house treats. It happens once a month, but this is my first time to participate and I am so excited! I’ve been busy making hair clips, infant headbands, pins and even doing a little sewing. I’m hoping to have some more Sunday-go-to-meetin’ bags done by Thursday as well.
Here’s some of the pieces I’ve made so far~
A wide variety of hair clips in lots of fresh, fun colors. I really had fun this time experimenting with different techniques and materials. I pulled out everything I had! The sewing room was quite the site.
I also made some larger flowers with pins on the back. I thought they would be really pretty on a scarf or jacket.
I made a few infant headbands, I might try to make a few more.
I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without any creative inspiration. So, I thought i would show you how to make a basic flower rosette.
I think these are even easier than the folded rose tutorial I did a few months ago. They’re fun little flowers that can be made to look dressy or playful. You can use a variety of fabrics (cotton, silk, satin, linen) and you can add little trinkets to the center.
First step: The Supplies
You will also need a glue gun and a sewing machine.
The 2×32 inch measurement doesn’t need to be precise. You don’t have to get your straight edge and measuring tape out (unless you like that sort of thing, then by all means have at it). A strip this wide and long will make a rose that is about 3 inches in diameter. Longer and wider will make bigger and fatter roses.
Now, fold your fabric in half and lay the netting on top of the fabric. The fabric is folded over but the netting is not.
Set your machine to the longest stitch setting it has. DO NOT backstitch! Leave a long tail string, you will need that to gather the material. Stitch the length of the strip. Sew closely to the unfinished edge of the material. Once you get to the end of the strip, do not backstitch, and leave another long tail string.
Hold your fabric in one hand and pull on one of the threads. Holding the thread tightly, carefully push and gather the layers of fabric with the other hand.
It will look like this when it’s all gathered up.
Now to make the rosette:
Start at one end and make a small tight spiral. Place a dab of hot glue along the bottom of the spiral to secure it.
Keep spiraling the fabric around the center. Place a bead of hot glue all along the bottom edge to hold the shape of the rose.
As you spiral gradually flatten the “petals” out. This will take a little practice but you’ll get the hang of it quickly.
This is what it looks like from the back.
Keep going until you run out of fabric or you like the size of the flower. Take the unfinished edge and glue it behind the rose.
Next, hot glue the felt circle to the back of the flower. This hides the stitching and gathers, and gives you a flat, even place to glue the clip.
Using the super glue, glue the hair clip (or pin) to the center of the circle.
All finished! I recommend making a bunch of roses, sticking them on everything in sight, and giving them to everyone you know.
Have fun playing around and experimenting! ~April