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The Ruffled Flower…..for headbands, clothing, totes, etc.


Many of you asked about the flower that I attached to Chloe’s Color Block Dress from the other day.




It wasn’t part of the pattern that I used to make the dress…….but I just had to add it! :)


I mentioned that it was a simple little flower and actually thought I had shared it before.  Nope.


But really, this little flower can be added to dresses, shirts, to a tote or handbag, hair clips, headbands, etc.  And if I keep going, I’m going to start saying to add it to things like light switches and computer monitors…… I better stop! Ha.


So here you go…….now go crazy with it! :)







I decided to add some to headbands for Elli and Chloe.  And you know, as long as flowers have been around, I’m still far from tired of seeing them in my girls’ hair. (And the red one just happened to be perfect for Elli’s Valentine outfit she put together.)







And they’re equally cute on clothing, just like the Color Block Dress.  But just imagine this on a plain ol’ Tshirt.  So much CUTER.  (And did I mention really cheap?)





They are made from knit fabric… no fraying.  And if you’re like me, you have plenty of old Tshirts you could cut up and use. :)






Such a fun little flower, with minimal effort.






Now Elli and Chloe…..LISTEN UP!!  Please oh please love on each other like this, when you’re 16 and 12.  And while we’re at it… this same type of excitement when I offer to make you things when you’re that age too.





Ready to make your own flower??



To make these flowers, the best type of fabric is knit.  It won’t fray and keeps its shape pretty well.  However, you can use a woven type of cotton fabric…..but it will fray slightly.  To keep fraying to a minimum, cut your strips on the bias.  (What does cutting on the bias mean?)


Cut some 1-2 inch wide strips of knit from Tshirts or purchased knit fabric.  (The width of your strips and the amount you need, depends on how big of a flower you’re making.  You may have to experiment a little.)



Cut a circle from felt or another sturdy fabric, to use as your base.



Then, sew a basting stitch along one long edge of each strip.  I actually used elastic thread in my bobbin and “shirred” the strip.  That way, I didn’t have to do any gathering or pulling of the threads.  It sped up the process tremendously.  (Need more info on Elastic Thread and Shirring??)  But if you don’t have any elastic thread, just sew you long-stitch basting stitch along one side and then start gathering in your strip of fabric nice and even.  (Need more info on Gathering Fabric??)



Now, starting with the outer edge of your felt circle, begin pinning the gathered strip of fabric around the contour of the circle (and pin in place if needed).



Then begin sewing the strip right to the circle, sewing right on top of the line of gathering.



Continue your way around the circle, adjusting the strip as you go.  Once you make it all the way around, begin guiding the strip to start spiraling inwards just a bit, to start the next layer of the flower. 



And if your strip runs out…….grab your next strip, fold over the end……..



……and overlap it right over the end of the first strip.  Then continue sewing.



Keep sewing around and around…..until you can’t add any more rows.




Cut off the end and then trim the edges to even out each layer of the flower.



For the center, grab an extra section of the fabric strip and tie a very loose knot in the middle.



Then tie it in a knot again……very loosely.



Then, tuck the ends under and place the knot in the center of the flower.  If you’re using this flower as a headband, just hot glue it right in place.  However, if you’re using it for clothing (that needs to be washed and dried), use a needle and thread to attach the knot to the middle, keeping the thread hidden from the back.



Now, attach the flower to your clothing, secure to a tote, or attach to some elastic for a headband.  Cute and scrappy little flowers!







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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Adorable baby headbands says:

    Very pretty headbands !!!

  2. umielaine says:

    Thankyou, for always write tutorial friendly for us. it’s sooo cute and easy.. You’re soo good in writing instruction. Sometimes is difficult for me to understand tutorial in english (english is not my mother languange), but you make it easier. Thankyou soo much ashley. btw, woukd you write more about boys collection? i have 2 son :-P
    Salam from Indonesia ^^

  3. Evie says:

    oh Ashley thank you for this flower…
    .just as I sad I made one for Sofia ( with little dress )

    she is so happy!!
    and it was so much fun to do it !!!
    best wishes Evie

  4. jayna says:

    i loveit

  5. Kimberly T. says:

    Love it!! So fun and easy, makes it all the more loveable! I think I’ll make a few for my girls and then a few extras to keep on the “gift” shelf for those surprise birthday parties, especially since I always need 3 gifts (my triplets always get invited together) and I usually do a big gift and a couple smaller ones. Thank you!

  6. vijaya says:

    Nice flowers as embellishments! I think you have done the same thing on your other tutorial ‘Flower Wall Hanging’ ! I tried it and it is awesome on my wall! But I liked the flowers you made on your pillow covers in Home Decor Part 21. I still have to try them. Thank You:)

  7. Kristie says:

    Thank you so much!

  8. Rita McCart says:

    This is the best flower tutorial I’ve seen yet, so simple. Thank you :)

  9. Danielle K. says:

    This is adorable! My 3 year old just started wearing headbands again, soooo I see a few of these in her future. haha

    Also, totally random… can I ask where Elli’s gold polka dot shirt came from? I’ve been looking for a cute shirt with gold on it for a while now for my daughter! They are hard to find!

  10. Cathy says:

    Thanks so for the wonderful tutorial
    Love this
    the photos are awesome

  11. Evie says:

    ok……I am sooo on it!!!
    LOVE IT BADLY!!!!!
    Thank you , thats exactly what I was looking for!!
    and Ashley…I was checking link to this pattern….is it possible to buy it separately?
    best wishes Evie

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…..hurry!!! :)

      And no, I don’t think you can buy them separately…..but you’d have to click on over and ask the creators of the pattern collection. -Ashley

    2. Evie says:

      oh Ashley thank you for this flower…
      just as I sad I made one for Sofia ( with little dress )

      she is so happy!!
      and it was so much fun to do it !!!
      best wishes Evie

  12. Anne says:

    That’s such a pretty flower!! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:

    1. Ashley says:

      Awesome….thanks Anne!

  13. Monica says:

    Wow, they looks super easy! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely have to try them with some scrap!


    1. Ashley says:

      You’re welcome Monica! And good luck! :)

  14. Lynette says:

    Those are way cute! I love how easy the elastic thread will make it! :) I think I will need to make me a few to put on clips for my hair. I am nearly constantly rocking a pony tail, so this would be a fun way to mix it up. However, if I start wearing clips again, my two year old son will just rip them out and want them in his hair. :) Oh well!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, yes, the elastic makes the gathering a cinch! :) And haha……your little guy just thinks anything in your hair is his little hidden toy! :)

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