Celebrate the fresh giddy nature of spring with a bevy of posies to adorn your and your child’s hair. These are three fast and easy ways to felt up some flowery hair accessories to help usher in this most welcomed season; two different felted flower bobby pins and a wet-felted flower head band.
Needle Felted Flower Hair Pins
It doesn’t get any quicker than this needle-felted project. My daughter was happy enough to help by picking out the colours and preparing the fiber before I quickly adhered it all together with the super sharp felting needle.
Wool roving bits
On top of the foam block, pull out two small tufts of wool and lay one on top of the other to make a cross. Fold the ends of the bottom tuft toward the center. Then fold in the other two ends of the top tuft.
Take a pinch of roving in a contrasting color to make the center of the flower and then needle felt into place while at the same time ‘sculpting’ the petals of the flower into place.
Push a darning needle through the back of the flower to make a hole into which you may insert the hair pin. Insert one prong of the hairpin into the pre-made hole.
Felt Sheet Flower Hair Pin
This flower pin has less poking involved, making it more hands-on for the little ones. My daughter likes to cut out the flower shapes and use her newfound sewing skills to thread the needle for me or even make a few stitches.
Felt sheets in fresh spring colors
1 inch square piece of silk fabric
For template, draw out a five-petal flower shape approximately two inches wide onto the construction paper and cut out. Trace then cut out flower shape from a felt sheet.
Cut small slits toward the center of the flower to make the petals more defined and slightly movable.
Completely push the darning needle through the center of the flower to make a hole.
Using the blunt side of the darning needle, poke the center of the silk through the hole from the back, leaving a little pocket of silk peeking though.
Pinch flower in half and sew to secure the silk fabric to the flower. Pinch the flower in half the other way, sewing in the same manner so that flower is slightly ‘closed’. Trim any excess bits of silk away.
Using the same thread, sew the flower to the end of the bobby pin.
Spring Flower Headband
This one is so fabulous. We both ended up wearing these out to dinner and got lots of compliments! Edie only takes hers off for bedtime now. A great project to use up any leftover felted scraps from a previous project or even an accidently shrunken sweater!
One ounce of roving in two to three colours
Two pieces of bubble wrap at least 12 inches square
Watering can or spray bottle
Broom handle or bamboo mat
Stretch lace ribbon
To begin, lay out the towel then place bubble wrap on top. Pull out wisps of the roving, mixing up the colors so they all blend well, and place them on the bubble wrap in a thin layer horizontally to cover a seven inch square area.
Place another layer of roving wisps on top of this but this time vertically so the fibers are crossing each other. If you want to go fancy, a couple of wisps of silk thrown in at this point looks pretty.
Pour hot soapy water into the watering can or spray bottle and get the fibers nice and damp. Press down the second piece of bubble wrap on top of your work, add more water and soap on top to make your hands slide on the surface, and begin rubbing.
After about five minutes, flip the work over, pour more hot water on top of the new side of bubble wrap and rub again for another five minutes.
Carefully peel back the bubble wrap and rub for a few more minutes directly on the felt piece.
Rinse the felted square with hot water. Squeeze excess water out then place the piece directly on top of the towel.
Using either the broom handle or bamboo mat, roll on the felt piece 50 times from each possible direction.
Cut out the felt piece into a six inch circle. Cut two inch slits around the outside toward the center to create petals, as many as you like. The one Edie is modeling has eight.
Measure out a piece of stretch lace to fit over your or your child’s head comfortably with a one inch allowance for seam. Sew together a one inch seam.
Sew on a pretty vintage button at the center of the flower. Attach the flower to the side of the headband so the flower lands just above the ear keeping in mind you would want the seam to be at the nape of your neck.
Now put on all your newly crafted bijoux at the same time, throw on your best spring frock and go frolic in a field of daisies!
Kathy Stowell is living out a second date dream on seven acres with her then boyfriend, now husband, and two children. She has just written her first e-book, “Handmade Time: How to Squeeze in a Little More Crafting Everyday” which is available for free at her blog, While Tangerine Dreams.