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12 Days of Christmas: Day 5 Felt Holiday Hair Bows and Headband & Giveaway

UPDATE: This giveaway is closedCongrats to Vicki Runninger who was randomly selected to receive the Holiday Hair Bow Headband and Nicole S. who was randomly selected to receive the Holiday Felt Layered Flower Clip.

Wow, it’s already day 5! Today’s 12 Days of Christmas DIY and Giveaway is for the little ladies in your life. Hair bow are a big deal right now. Everyone’s making them and half of everyone is selling them. There are some pretty incredible talents out there and if you’re of the persuasion to buy rather than make please support some of the local creative ladies in your community. BUT if you do fancy yourself crafty and want to attempt them, here’s yet another tutorial out there on the interwebs to give a go.

You lucky people get not just 1 but 2 tutorials and that means 2 winners for today’s giveaway!

So, before we get started enter to win one of today’s TWO giveaways!

 

The first is the Holiday Felt Headband (modeled by my little MillionAyres Lilly)Modeled by LillyStep 1: Gather all your supplies:

  •  Felt in the color of your choice
  • Hair elastic
  • Rotary Cutter/scissors
  • Needle and matching thread
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks OR felt glue if you have it
Step 2:  Measure the circumference of your head/the head of the person who will wear this headband. Measure the length of your hair elastic. Cut a strip of felt ½” x the length of your head minus the length of the hair elastic. While you’re in a cutting mood, also cut a strip of felt 1¼” x 6″ and one 1¼” x ½”. Having a rotary cutter and ruler will make this process much more pleasant.
Step 3: Lay out your long skinny strip of fabric and lay your hair elastic over the end of it so that they overlap each other by about ¾”. Place a small dab of glue on the end of the left and wrap it around the hair elastic, gluing it back onto intself.
repeat this process on the other end of your felt making sure that you’re gluing it correct side down and that your felt isn’t twisted.
Step 4: Next grab your 6″ piece of felt. Fold one end into the middle adding ¼” of overlap. Basically if you took one end it would hit the 3¼” mark and then from the other end it would hit the 2¾” mark. You’ll end up with a section about ½”wide of overlap.
Step 5: With your matching needle and thread, sew a running stitch (quick weaving in and out) down the center of your overlapped felt.

run the needle in, out, in, out so that your thread looks like what you see below. If you put too many stitches in, it will cinch in a weird way.
 Step 6: Pull your thread tight and knot tie it off so that it doesn’t loosen.
Step 7: To ensure that my thread won’t come out, I like to wrap my thread around the center a couple of times and then sew down through the middle of all my cinched layers again.
Step 8: With your bow made, grab your little strip of ½” felt you cut out earlier.
Glue one end of your ½” strip to the back of your cinched bow. Pull tight around your bow making sure you’re not distorting the purposed cinch you’ve got going on, and glue the other end to the back of the bow aswell.
 Step 9:  With your finished bow in hand, grab your headband and glue the bow off center of the middle of the headband by a couple of inches. First place a dab of glue in the center back of the bow and secure to the headband. Next apply a dab of glue to the center back of the sides of the bow and attached them to the headband aswell. This will ensure that the bow conforms to the curve of the head and lays flat.
Once you’re finished gluing, your end result should look like a pretty, light weight, holiday hair band.
You could also embellish this a bit by attaching a button, or maybe a small jingle bell in time for Christmas! I liked the simple look of the bow and left it as is despite an internal battle to do “just one more thing”.
Okay you faithful readers…on to the 2nd holiday hair bow!

Step 1: Gather your supplies:

  • Felt in the color of your choice
  • Rotary Cutter/scissors
  • Needle and matching thread
  • Matches or a Lighter
  • 3 circular objects to trace around that are equally spaced apart so your cut outs appear nested
Step 2: Start by cutting out 3 circles in graduated increments. You can either trace around your object with a light colored pencil or Disappearing Ink Pen ($1.74 at Amazon)(used a lot in sewing) or use your rotary cutter and cut around your object like I did here.
Step 3:  Stack your 3 pieces largest to smallest and make whatever trimming and adjustments you need to so that they appear to be in uniform increments of each other
Step 4: Grab a small circular object, I chose a button, and place it in the center of your smallest piece. Using a pencil or Disappearing Ink Pen ($1.74 at Amazon) mark dots at 12 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 3 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. Then place a mark in between those marks (i.e.1:30 4:30 etc.) These will be your guides as you stitch a circle into your felt so they are evenly spaced stitches.
Step 5: With your needle and thread, I chose Red so that it would have a bit of a pop and contrast against the white, begin stitching around your felt. First be sure that your 3 pieces are still centered with one another. Starting in the back of your felt, run your needle through one of your premarked guide dots.
Next, run your needle back through in the white space between your marked dots. Try to visualize the curve of your button and not straight in the middle like a horizontal line.
continue this process all the way around, running your needle up through your guide dot and back down into the space between your guides.
If you’re happy with this look, you can call it a day, but if you want to get the petaled look, continue on to step 6.
Step 6: Much like we did marking the felt for the stitches, with your felt laying flat, snip about ¼” into the bottom layer of felt. (12 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 3 o’clock, and 9 o’clock and then again in between those slits). In the middle layer of your flower, allowing the slits along your bottom layer to act as your guide, make your ¼” slits in between those of the bottom layer.
Now, following in line with the slits you made along the bottom layer, make your ¼” slits in the top layer.
Step 7:  Now comes the fun part, curling the felt and making the slits appear more like squared petals. Grab your matches, lighter, candle, whatever gets you hot (sorry couldn’t resist). With your flower turned upside down gently wave the outermost layer over the flame and watch the felt along the edges of your cut start to seal themselves and tighten thus curling the felt into more of a petal.
Repeat this process for the middle and top layer of felt. Holding back the previous layer so that it doesn’t get overexposed to the head and begin to singe. You’ll end up with something like this:
Glue this to some fold over elastic or slap on an Alligator Hair Clip and you’re done!
So go, enter today’s giveaway and pick up a free bow to give away to a little princess in your life this Christmas.
Michelle
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