With the emergence of websites such as Etsy a lot of us can run a decent supplemental business venture by selling hand-crafted items. I have to admit there are a lot of wonderful, beautiful-looking pieces out there at affordable prices and some I would gladly buy for myself. Today I have stopped my attention on how you can make yourself a hair clips with a fabric flower on them. It is surprisingly easy if you know what you’re doing so without further ado:
1. Choose your fabric wisely
The secret to making these what they are is layering as it is at the core of what we need to do. For that reason you need to choose a fabric which goes well with the intended clothes and which reflects your personal tastes. Perhaps you prefer something dark and Gothic or something light and cheerful? Whatever it is you should make sure the fabric is substantial so you’ll be able to cut it appropriately. You can use old pieces of fabric from clothes you won’t wear anymore as long as they are what you’re looking for.
2. Making the pattern
It is wise to use a thin cardboard so you’ll be able to work with them. Using a water bottle, water glass or a small plate or similar circular objects you should trace several circles with varying sizes so you can imitate the flower petals later on. Make sure they are as round as possible as you’ll want them to be perfect.
3. Tracing and cutting
Now that you have the patterns ready trace them with a pencil or an invisible marker so they won’t stain and cut out the circles one by one. Make sure you’re using new and sharp fabric scissors so you’ll reduce tears and fringing.
4. Making the petals
Next you should cut out the petals in a pattern which can be done easily with four to five cuts. Make sure they are even and that you don’t cut too deep. Remember how flowers look like in nature and try to emulate that by cutting in the same way.
5. Rounding out the petals
Shape them out with the scissors and remember to make little irregularities in their shape to avoid all of the petals looking the same. Nature is chaotic so no two flowers look the same right? You can add dimension to them by underlining the edges with either fabric pens or hot glue for example to give them volume.
6. Piecing it together
Place all the petals on top of each other and then sew them together. Make sure they are not aligned but mismatched. They still have to go from large to small obviously, just avoid making it look uniform. Once again observe real flowers and imitate those. Add a bead or a button to the center to make it complete with either hot glue or just sewing it on.
7. Gluing it to the hair clip
This should be fairly easy to do – you can also sew it on to the hair clip if that’s possible to increase its durability over the years. And voila! You’re ready to proudly wear your very own fabric flower!
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Article by Cindy Davis
Cindy Davis is blogger, writer and housewife. She is very passionate about art and craft, but also likes writing about home improvement and home maintenance topics. Find heres ome more of her helpful tips and hints: http://www.cleanerscarpet.co.uk/carpet-cleaning/EC4-rug-cleaning-city.html
Article publié pour la première fois le 26/04/2013