Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fabric Flowers

The sun has finally decided to shine in my little corner of the world!! So I went hat hunting for my kidlets, and I found Chase a nice blue hat with a sporty number in the center and a couple palm trees in white on either side. At first he said he didn't like it but now he's wearing it all the time. (As is standard any time I introduce anything new to him.) Now I had a little sun hat for Rayna, but did you know that as babies grow, so do their HEADS?!! Well, the hat that I had for her was sized 6 - 12 months, but it has an elastic at the back, and as she's grown, it now slides up so it's sitting on top of her head farmer style. So I decided to get her a little ball cap as well. I went to The Children's Place as I had already bought some shoes there that ended up not fitting the kids and I had to return them, and I found Chase's hat rather quickly. I scanned the girls section and asked if they had any little girls baseball hats for under 12 months and she told me since the store opened here they have never had girls baseball hats. Me - {raised eyebrows} "really?? huh." So I went back to the boys section and found this little white hat.
Not bad I thought, mostly white, and the little bit in front isn't so boyish that she couldn't wear it. But then she had it on, and I told my husband I was going to girl it up a little bit. And then I remembered this tutorial I had found a little while ago on how to do these fabulous fabric flowers. I had originally found them here on Rachel's blog (you can find the link to her etsy store on her sidebar) but as per usual I am too cheap and crafty to buy something like this when I think there is a chance I can make it myself!! The tutorial has a printable template you can use to cut out the flowers. I used farmers market material, which I bought here, as I just love the colors and they match a lot of what Rayna wears, and I thought it would look nice on the hat.

So I think it turned out pretty cute! I altered mine the slightest bit from the tutorial in that she tells you to cut 2 large flowers, and 4 smaller flowers. Well, I did that, and then I cut my template for the smaller flower down about 1/4" all around and cut out 4 more flowers, so I have a total of 3 layers instead of 2. (It makes sense once you read the tutorial). I also tacked the pieces together and then used a regular button and sewed the whole thing right to the hat. (I see alot of the flowers with fabric covered buttons or blingy buttons instead.) Here is a closer up shot of my crafty awesomeness. I'd say it's almost Rocktastic, right Des?? hehe. Wow, I'm all about the links today.And then since my model was having a good old snooze, my back up agreed to model it for me

Then my model woke up and decided to grace us with her awake-ness. Models. They're so moody. So that's what I have for you today, I also got some digital scrapbooking layouts done, maybe I'll post those later in the week. Chase also had his fourth(!) birthday at the end of May and I decorated a cake for it, so I have some catch-up pictures and updates to do as well. Hope you enjoy making your flowers, I know I did, and I want to make more! The thought of making different sizes and embellishing everything from crocheted toques and tote bags to headbands and all the different fabrics I could use....oh my head is just swimming! Have a great day!

4 comments:

blair said...

love the idea of adding more layers, I was going to work on a new, fluffier version of the flower today actually. Looks so great, I'm so glad you made the flower!

E said...

It's adorable! I wish I was that crafty! I will definitely give that tutorial a try!! I love the Children's Place I just wish all of my kiddos were small enough to still wear their clothing!! Thanks for stopping by!

Sun shine said...

Love the models. they're so moody comment- that so fits when your models are kids hey!!Love the deep blue eyes on Rayna!! You're gonna be beating the boys away- oh never mind - nothin to worry about- dad has a shot gun right? Tee hee...

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

So cute!!

Beware the few racy photos...thought it was worth it to see all the other ones!