Hello everyone! I’m very excited to be on the Dia De Los Meurto Blog Tour!!
When I started looking around at Day of the Dead websites for inspiration, the colors immediately caught my eye! Oh, and the flowers. I love flowers. I knew that I wanted to make something wearable and wanted to incorporate marigolds and so, the Marigold Headband was born 🙂 This is a long post but if you make it to the bottom, you will be rewarded (there’s a giveaway 😉 )
I’ll share some more pictures at the end of the post, but let’s get into the tutorial, shall we?
Before you begin, gather all the following things:
- 2-3 fat quarters of orange fabric (I used a dark orange, a light orange and an orange batik, all from Joann’s)
- Thread (doesn’t have to match the fabric color)
- 1 piece of felt
- Hot glue gun/ hot glue
- Ribbon (if you plan to cover your headband)
First, you will cut out circles. For a larger flower, I cut out 8 circles that were just a little over 2 inches big. For a smaller flower, I cut 6 circles that were a little more than 1 1/2 inches big. Note in the picture that I did not measure or draw perfect circles. I did this to give the flower a more organic shape.
Once you have cut all 8 circles, stack them on top of each other, roughly in size order (smallest on top, largest on the bottom).
After stacking them, you are going to sew a small circle using a long running stitch in the center (or close to the center). For the purpose of the tutorial, I drew the circle:
I started on the top side (which will be the flower center) putting my needle through. I didn’t pull it all the way through. You will see in the picture below that I have left the tail of the thread up.
Put the needle up right next to where you started and put the needle through the tail of the thread and pull tight. This will keep the knot from pulling through the fabric when you are tightening the running stitches.
Now create your running stitches, ending with the needle out the back. Do not cut the thread yet, we are still using it 🙂
Turn it upside down and start pulling your threads. Tighten it all the way up, as tight as you can get it. On a couple flowers, I had to stick a pin head in the center of the flower to make sure the center of the stitched circle didn’t pucker up. The first picture below, is showing that the center is staying down and not puckering, you are going to want the flower pulled much tighter (see the second picture).
After you stitches are pulled tight, take the needle and stitch around the outside of the flower.
Once you have stitched around, tie off your thread, hide it in the flower’s nub and cut it. The picture below shows how I hide my thread tails.
Flip your flower over and arrange it. Pull the pieces of fabric around until you like the way the flower looks.
Make lots of flowers!!!! (I used about 6-8 flowers per headband- less for Molly and more for me. Use more or less depending on your preference. One flower would look cute on a hair clip 🙂 )
Now I’m going to talk headband. I had a headband crisis. I couldn’t find clear or black or white headbands. So I bought sparkly pink. And then I didn’t like the way that the pink looked with the hot orange. So I tried to paint them white. And that didn’t work. So after sitting on it for a while, I decided to wrap them in ribbon. So here’s a quick how to:
This is what I began with.
Very carefully pass the end of the ribbon through a flame to keep it from fraying. This is optional.
Dab some glue on the end of the headband, both the front and the back.
Fold the edge of the ribbon over the edge of the glue end of the headband. Hold it in the glue long enough to set.
Dab a bit more glue on the front and start wrapping the ribbon around the headband.
Continue wrapping and sporadically adding glue.
When you get to the end, cut the extra off, put a dab of glue on the underside of the headband and press the edge in. Trim any extra.
Your done wrapping your headband!! Now let’s put it all together!
Lay out your felt and then arrange your flowers on the felt.
Carefully pick up flowers one at a time, add hot glue and return to felt, pressing the hot glue to felt to stick the flower down.
Continue until all the flowers are glued down. Once the glue is set, fold back the felt and cut around the flowers as in the picture below:
Now figure out where you want to place the flower grouping on the headband. For mine, I went way off center. For Molly’s, I put it closer to center since her head is smaller. Run a line of hot glue on the headband that’s about as long as the flowers. Press the flower grouping onto hot glue.
Now cut one more strip of felt, as long as the flower grouping and wide enough to cover the headband.
Run two lines of hot glue along either side of the bottom headband.
Press the rectangle of felt onto it to finish the headband off!!
Flip it over and look at the top. If you see any holes where you can see the felt, put a drop of hot glue on the outer most of a flower and attach it to the flower next to it to cover up the hole.
And your done!!
After I finished out headbands, we headed to a really cool old graveyard near the downtown of our town and took lots of pictures. It was really cool looking at the old graves.
So many other awesome ladies are a part of this blog tour! Be sure to check out their posts!
October 28: Crafty Lady Abby
October 31: Call Ajaire
November 1: Lulu & Celeste
November 2: Rebel & Malice (Last day to enter giveaway!)
And now let’s talk about the giveaway! Look, I’m giving away something 🙂 Since wordpress wont let me the rafflecopter on my blog, click the link below to go to the rafflecopter giveaway! You have a chance to win a pattern of your choice from E+M patterns, a pattern of your choice from Golden Rippy, a copy of the Emerson Dress Pattern from ME, and 2 Patterns of your choice from EYMM. This is a seriously awesome chance to stock up on patterns!! And here is the link:
Thanks for reading today!!