I have mentioned before how much I love daisies and I have been dying to make something out of some vintage fake daisies I bought from etsy. I finally got around to it and made this sweet daisy headband. It’s easy to make – you don’t even need a sewing machine and it would make a lovely Christmas gift for a sister/daughter/mother/friend.
You will need:
- About 8 fabric daises approximately 2 cm (3/4″) in diameter.
- A bit over a metre (41″) of ribbon
- Some small scraps of satin and iron-on interfacing
- Some scraps of lace or a piece about 30 cm (12″) long
- Thread, needle, pins etc
- Pliers, wire cutters or sharp scissors
Start by cutting two rectangles of satin 13.5 cm (5 1/2″) by 4.5 cm (1 7/8″). Round off the corners and cut two pieces of fusible interfacing in the same shape. Iron the interfacing to the back of each satin piece. Fold over about 5 mm (1/4″) around the edge of each piece and iron flat.
Trim off most of the wire from the flowers, leaving a stem of 2-3 cm (about 1″) and bend over about 5 mm (1/4″) on the end. This keeps the sharp, pointy bit tucked safely away and gives you a loop to stitch through so the daisies will be attached securely.
Arrange the daisies on one of the satin pieces and hand stitch in place.
Don’t worry about visible stitches at this stage, you will cover them up later.
Once all of the flowers are stitched on, wind the piece of lace around the the flowers, tucking it under the petals and leaves. The lace should cover any bits of visible wire or stitching. Hand stitch the lace in place.
Cut two lengths of ribbon, each 52 cm (20 1/2″) long. To prevent the ends of the ribbon from fraying, either very carefully melt the tips with a candle or paint a tiny bit of clear nail varnish on the ends. Hand sew the ribbon to each end of the daisy piece.
Pin the other satin piece to the back of the daisy piece, lining up all the edges.
Stitch the two layers together, all around the edge, with tiny, neat hand stitches.
You headband is finished and ready to be tied in your hair or wrapped up and given to a friend. You could use the same technique to make a headband using pretty much any type of fake flowers using ribbon and satin to match!
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