Fabric Flower Tutorial

There are many different methods of making fabric flowers and I’m going to show you one of them. They come together very easily and you can use them for all kind of accessories and embellishments. After the basic fabric flower tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to add one to a headband! Or glue one to a hair clip if you prefer. You can also glue a pin back to one and have a pretty accessory to pin to a jacket or purse. They can be sewn onto t-shirts or tank tops to dress them up a bit.

You can use all kinds of fabric, but the best ones are the kind that don’t fray. T-shirts work great for this so don’t throw those old ones away – make flowers out of them!

This is all you need: small amount of fabric or t-shirt, small piece of felt that closely matches your fabric, glue gun and a flower template. You can cut one out yourself…just make sure it has 5 or 6 petals.

My flower template was made by tracing the rim of a juice glass and then I just drew some petals and cut it out. My template measures about 2 1/2 inches across, but you can make yours any size. I needed a black flower for a necklace that I was making (post coming!), but from here on I will show you with the pink fabric.

Pin your paper template to your fabric and cut out your flowers. Start by cutting out either 13 flowers (for a looser flower) or 17 flowers (for a tighter flower). This might depend on your fabric or what kind of look you are going for. I’d recommend cutting out all 17 and then deciding as you go. I used the arms of a long-sleeved t-shirt for my pink flower and I folded it so that I could cut 4 at a time.

Cut out a circle of felt that is smaller than your paper flower template.

Now grab that handy glue gun! Take a flower and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again (so it looks like a slice of pizza – can you tell I’m hungry?).

Glue that first flower down onto the felt circle, positioning the folded point of the pizza slice flower petal at the center of the circle. Fold 3 more like that and glue each one down as well.

Now you are going to fold 4 more in the same way and glue them each down over this first layer. But you need to position them differently – over the pizza cuts edges of the previous petals.

When you have this second layer finished, you can see if you want to make another layer or not. I thought with my knit fabric that it needed another layer. We will be adding something to the center so save a little room for that! Whether this is your final row or if you go on and make a third layer, you may want to use your glue gun and glue down the folds of those on top. You will see what I mean. They are floppy and start coming apart.

After you have made your layers, take another cut out flower, fold it in half, and start rolling it into a cone shape, slightly off center.

This is too tall to use as is, so snip off a bit from the bottom. (Check the height with the inside of your flower and snip off more if you need to.) Hot glue this rosette into the middle of your flower. Press down until it’s dry. Fluff up your flower and then glue the top layer of petals to the rosette to fill out your flower. If you see any uneven cuts, just take care of them now.

You are done! I used 13 flower cuts for the black one and 17 flower cuts for the pink one.

If you want to see how to make a headband with one of these cuties, follow along!

Here’s all you need: Completed flower (or a few small ones), felt circle that matches your flower (again, pretend that one is pink – although here it works since it matches the headband), and a glue gun. I bought a 5 pack of fabric covered headbands made by Goody for $4 and they are perfect for these!

Glue the bottom of the flower to the headband, somewhere on the side. You may want to put on your headband and mark where you’d like the flower to go. Take the felt circle and glue that to the underside of the headband, and to the bottom of the flower where the felt is. Make sure it’s secure.

It takes a minute or two to dry and then it’s ready to wear!

I made a black one, too…for me. ­čÖé

I hope everything was clear. Please ask if you don’t understand something. Easter is right around the corner and Mother’s Day is coming up. I’m sure you can find something that needs one of these flowers! Now, I’m off to see if there’s any pizza around…

~Micha

Bird’s Nest Ring Tutorial

With the arrival of spring, now is the perfect time to learn how to make this bird’s nest ring! It’s really quite easy, even if you’ve never made any jewelry before. Last year I made a bird’s nest necklace as a birthday gift for my Mom and I got the tutorial here. She really likes her birds and I thought it would make a nice gift. This is how it came out:

My daughter loved it as well and asked me to make her one. The one I made for my Mom had larger beads (8 mm I think), so I bought some smaller beads to use for her necklace. When I was making hers, I thought it would make a cute ring and whipped up yet another nest to use for my ring.

I used turquoise colored beads because they resemble robins’ eggs, but you can use any color you wish. I think the silver wire looks nice with the blue, but again, use any color wire you like.

These are the supplies you will need to make one ring:

Ring base, three 6 mm beads, 24 gauge jewelry wire, round nose pliers and needle nose pliers. It really helps to have the round nose pliers, but you can get by without them if you don’t want to buy them. You will need the needle nose pliers at least. If you plan on making your own jewelry in the future, I recommend getting a tool kit that would contain the 3 essential tools: Needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and side cutters (wire cutters).

Here are two additional tools that are good to have, but not necessary:

Long needle nose pliers and side cutters/wire cutters.

Let’s get started…
Using the cutting part of your pliers (or wire cutters) cut a length of wire about 18″-20″ long.
(That part of the pliers below the ridges is the cutter.)

Thread your 3 beads onto one end of the wire and using your round nose pliers make a loop to hold your beads in place. This can be done with the needle nose pliers, but won’t look as rounded.

Slide beads to the loop you just made and form them into a “circle”.

Now you are going to hold the beads in between your thumb and index finger and wrap the wire around the “sides” of the beads. Keep the wire as round and as tight as you can, and also try to keep the nest flat and not too bumpy so that it sits well on your ring base. (I know, I’m asking a lot here, aren’t I??)


When you have enough wire around your nest and you are happy with how it looks, cut off the rest of the wire, leaving a little bit to hook on to the nest you’ve made. Wrap this around the side of your nest a few times and secure it with your pliers.


Now you are ready to wrap the edges. I think it looks best with 3, but you can do less if you prefer. Cut a 4″-6″ section of wire for each wrap. Using your round nose pliers (or needle nose pliers), make a hook to slip onto the nest. Start winding it around the edge of the nest and through it, almost like you’re sewing. Keep this tight with each go around. You do not want to get in the middle with the beads…just wrap the wire edge of the nest. Decide which side will be the bottom because you’ll want to end all your wraps on the bottom. You want to have a nice, pretty side!


When you are satisfied with your “wraps”, cut off the excess wire and hook it in the bottom somewhere with your pliers.

It should look something like this:

By the way, I used a 20 gauge (thicker) wire for the nest and 24 gauge (thinner) for the 3 wraps. The 24 gauge is much easier to work with so I’d recommend that size wire unless you are used to working with it.

Grab a hot glue gun and glue the nest to your ring base. I had to file down my ring base first because the edges of the base stuck out a little (it was oval shaped and not round). Hopefully you will find a nice small round ring base. And that’s it!

If you prefer, you can attach a jump ring to the nest and use it as a necklace instead. Once you get the hang of it, they are really easy to make and you’ll want to make a few of them for your friends and family! I’m so happy Sarah Ortega showed me how to do this. If anything is not clear, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy Wiring!
~Micha

St. Patrick’s Day Ombr├ę Cupcakes

Ombr├ę: adjective – shaded or graduated in tone, said of a color.

These cupcakes have jumped on the ombr├ę bandwagon and are ready to celebrate the upcoming holiday. They are not hard to do at all, so why not whip up a batch? I purposely put the colors from light to dark so that it gives the recipient a little surprise when they take off the cupcake wrapper. Also, the white frosting blends in with the top white cake layer.

If you want to make the cake from scratch, you’ll need a white cake recipe. Otherwise, grab a box of white cake mix. I like to spend more time on the frosting and decorating so I usually use a boxed cake mix. I’m loyal to Duncan Hines because the cake comes out so moist. But you use whatever you prefer.

After you have made your cake batter according to the directions, divide it evenly into 3 bowls. With my cake mix, that came out to about 1 1/4 cup per bowl. Leave one bowl white. Now grab that green food coloring and put about 4 or 5 drops in the second bowl and stir to combine well. In the last bowl, add about 55-60 drops. That sounds like a lot, I know, but you want it to be very green!

        

Once you have your 3 bowls ready, prepare your cupcake pans with liners.
You are going to make 3 even layers for each cupcake with the 3 different colors.

{I’m not exactly sure why, but I did not get as many cupcakes as I usually do from a box…just so you know that ahead of time in case you need a certain amount.}

To fill each one, I used one of my soup spoons (or about a big heaping tablespoon). You will want to take your spoon and spread the batter out to the edges of the cupcake liner. This will give you more even layers, rather than those you’d get from one of those sand art bottles. Not sure why I thought of that comparison, but let’s move on. You may do your layers the way I did with the dark on the bottom (dark green, light green, white, then frosting) or you may prefer to have it go from dark to light. It’s your cupcake! You won’t get it perfect, but just do your best keeping the amount of each color the same and spreading the batter to the edges to “seal” it.

When you have all three layers completed, bake according to your cake recipe’s instructions. Cake is done when you poke a toothpick or a fork in the cake and it comes out clean. Cool in pan for a few, and then remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool completely on wire racks.

If you want to make it easy on yourself, use a purchased white frosting — or you can make your own like I did — and frost all of your cupcakes. I tried a new frosting recipe for these, but I wasn’t crazy about it or else I’d post a link to the recipe. My son gave it a 9 out of 10, but I think it needs some work. Finally, dress them up with some shamrock sprinkles, green sugar, or you can cut out a shamrocks from some green fruit roll ups and place on top.

Now comes the best part…eating them! Any questions or comments? Leave your reply below. If you make these, feel free to let me know if you got less than the normal amount of cupcakes, or if it was just me!

Enjoy…
~Micha