Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bow Tutorial #2- Rosettes

Yay for bow tutorial #2!!  The ones that I am going to show you how to do are called rosettes.  They are also super easy to make and do not require a sewing maching (YAY).

Here is what you will need:
Fabric- the longer the fabric, the bigger the rosette will be.  My fabric was about 11 in. long
Felt square
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Alligater clip or hair clip of choice (head band)

This is what you can make....ahhhh smiles

Take your fabric that you can get at Walmart for $1.00 and open it up.  Cut a 1 1/2 inch wide strip long-ways from the fabric. 
Cut a 2 inch wide circle from the felt.  It does not have to be perfect, just freehand it.  This will be the piece that you glue the fabric to.


Put a dot of hot glue in the center of the felt and push one of the ends of the fabric into the glue and wait for it to secure.  Using your fingers, twist the fabric.  Using the hot glue, secure the fabric as you twist around the center fabric piece until you have no more fabric left.


It should look like this.

Or like these.


Secure an alligater clip on the back of just one or you can  glue three rosettes together and glue one alligater clip on.

It will look like this if you would like to put three together.  Then you can clip the rosettes onto any elastic head band.  If you choose to use only one rosette, you can put a clip on the back and clip directly into hair.  There are so many ways to do this and so many color combinations.  Just have fun doing it!

Don't you just see all the things that you can use these on?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bow Tutorial #1

Since finding out that Matt and I are having a girl, I have been thinking of lots and lots of fun things that I can make for her before she makes her big enterance.  Nothing screams girl more then a BIG BOW.  For a while now I have been making bows (through trial and error) out of different kinds of fabric.  Below is a little tutorial of one of the kinds of bows that I made today.


You can buy fabric squares at Wal-Mart for $1.00 in all kinds of patterns.  I picked up a few that I really liked and thought would go together.  This fabric can be used for a few other kinds of bows that I will share with you in later posts.

Keep the squares folded (make sure you take out the cardboard that is inside).  You need to make 2 different size circles.  Each size I made with a different color, as seen below.

To make the bigger circle, I traced on the square of fabric the top of a lid from a candle.  The smaller circle I made from the bottom of a cup. 


If you trace the circle template on the fabric square, using kitchen scissors you can cut all circles at one time.  They do not need to be perfect.  You need at least 6 circles of both sizes.


See the difference in size?


You need a hot glue gun for this part and a small circle of felt (.10 a sheet at Wal-Mart) which will be used to glue the pieces down.  See below a finished bow at what the back looks like.

Taking one of the circles, fold in half and using the hot glue, put a strip of glue to hold secure.  Make sure not to get the glue too high, you want them to look "fluffy."  Then fold half to the front and half to the back.  Look at the above picture, it's kind of hard to explain how to do this.  Using the hot glue, secure the folds.  Remember not to get too high with the glue.

Do this will all 6 big circles and all 6 small.  They do not have to be perfect.  In fact it gives a little personality not having them so exact.

Get the felt circle ready.  Glue the big circle pieces down onto the felt first matching up the corners.  Then on top, glue on the small circle pieces the same way you did the bigger ones.  Look at the picture below to see what it should look like.  Then you can glue on a button or bead- anything that can decorate the center of the bow!  You are ALMOST done!!



On the back, glue on the hair clip.  I covered them in ribbon using hot glue.  It takes a few times covering them to get the hang of it.  If you do not want them on a hair clip, you can put straight on a head band.  I just know with a growing babies head, I don't want to secure on a head band in one size.  With a clip, I can still clip onto a stretchy head band and be able to change out as her head grows.  And when she gets a lot of hair I can just use as a hair clip as well and not a head band.


These really are super easy.  Once you make one, you will see what I mean.  I think I will be making these as gifts for all of the little girls I know. 

Be looking for more tutorials on how to make different kind of bows.  I have about 3 other kinds all to make NOT having to use a sewing machine.  Easy and cheap.

Let me know how yours go!!