One of my very favorite things about summer is the ushering in of SUNDRESS WEATHER! Woohoo! Now, I know that not all of you share my view that sundresses are the Most. Fabulous. Invention. Ever (ahem, Jord). But hear me out on this one- pair this one uber-functional piece of clothing with accessories and sandles and you are ready for your day- glorious!
Even if you’re still not on board, you have to admit that there is an abundance of adorable baby girl summer attire in your daughter’s closet that you’ve just been waiting to pull out! And what better way to complete that darling summer outfit than a cute as can be dahlia headband?
About a year ago, Megan from Not Martha shared this genius felt dahlia tutorial that immediately landed on my To Make list. However, I didn’t get around to attempting it until a recent car trip. And I didn’t have any glue on hand.
So this is my sewn version.
To make one too, you’ll need-
-a 9×12 sheet of wool felt
-a stretchy headband (I found this one at Michael’s [random, right?], but I’ve also had luck finding plain baby headbands at Target and at Dollar Tree)
-sew on pearl beads
-invisible thread and needle
1. Cut out a whole pile of wool felt petals in three different sizes. As suggested by Not Martha in the tutorial for the glued version, I cut my felt into a few 2″ rows, a couple 1.5″ rows and a couple 1″ rows (and used the leftover to make my circle flower ‘base’). Then, I cut the rows into rectangles and then made ‘petal-ish’ shapes. It’s not an exact science- just freehand it. Be sure to make a point at the top of each petal, though, if you want your finished flower to be dahlia-esque.
2. Fold the bottom of the flower in to make a pinched petal.
3. Secure the pinched petal to the circle base (my circle was about 2″ wide) by handstitching with invisible thread. It worked best to stitch across the base of the petal horizontally and then secure with a vertical stitch as well. I usually did one more stitch just for kicks, so three stitches per flower.
4. Continue around the entire base, using your biggest petals.
5. Repeat entire process for the middle layer, using your middle-sized petals.
6. Finish off petal-ing by handstitching the smallest petals into a top layer. There should be only a small spot in the center that isn’t covered in petals.
7. In that uncovered center spot, stitch a pile of pearl beads (I think I used about 20 total). For full coverage, some of the beads will be stacked on top of each other. Oh, and the back of your flower base will be a mess of invisible thread- haha!
8. Sew around the perimeter of the felt base, securing the flower to the headband. Sew threw the petals- if they aren’t stitched in place, they have the tendency to flip up and get all backwards.
9. Pair this new headband with something summer-y! So adorable!
Be sure to also check out the purple goodness by Tara from Easy at Delia’s today!