February 28, 2011

Vintage Rosettes

This is a repost of my guest post at Ucreate.

 Today I am going to show you how to make this vintage-inspired hair accessory.

You will need:

-Three strips of fabric (mine were about 2.5 inches wide and 14 inches long)
-A scrap of netting big enough to cover the rosettes (I used about 12 inches by 5 inches for mine)
-Scraps of a heavy fabric that won't fray, such as felt (best if it matches your rosettes)
-9 glass pearls
-A Headband 
-More pearls or feathers {or whatever your heart desires!} for embellishment 
-Glue sticks and a glue gun 

First you're going to make three rosettes from the three strips of fabric.  If you already know how to make them, you can skip the next couple of steps.  I'll just show you quickly how I make mine.

Start by folding your fabric strip in half.  It's okay if its not perfect.  That's part of the charm!  I start by rolling mine a few times, like this:

Then I squish the roll down between my thumb and fingers.  Keep rolling, adding some twists to your strip as you go.

When it's the size you want it, add a whole bunch of glue to the back of your rosette and glue down the tail so you'll have a nice flat back to your rosette.

Trim off the tail that sticks out and there you go!

When you've finished making your three rosettes, add three pearls to the center of each of your rosettes.  Let me just add a small disclaimer here.  Obviously, these are small and we don't want them in your baby's mouth, so please don't let a baby or child wear this unsupervised.  Okay. Moving on.

Glue the rosettes to your felt scrap (fleece will do in a pinch, as I found out).  You want to squish them together as much as possible.  Hmm, we seem to be doing a lot of squishing today.
To make them more stable, glue the sides of the rosettes together as well.

Trim off the edge of the felt.

Now for the netting.  Pinch one end of your netting together, like this:

Glue it to the back of your rosettes, trying really hard not to burn yourself like I did.  Do the same on the other end, trimming some of your netting off if you need to. 

This is what it should look like after you have the netting glued on both sides.

Now add your embellishments and attach it to your headband.

I used a white knit headband about the width of my rosettes and just glued them on.  If you use a thinner headband, I suggest cutting out a second piece of felt and sandwiching the headband between the two pieces when you glue.

Here's one embellished with a feather:

This one has some extra pearls on the lower left, which are kind of hard to see, because my camera only wanted to focus on the netting.

That's it! You're done.

Now go take a picture of your baby wearing your beautiful creation.
 Another tip: upload your picture to picnik and use the cross process tool to edit it.  It will give your photograph a nice vintage feel.

And since this is my blog, here are some pictures of Cita modeling it.


Anonymous said...

Very cute. I will have to try this out. Maybe red flowers with black mesh.

glamourpuss said...

So pretty! Adorable model as well! :)

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Really cute! (Clearly you need a set of Glue Gun Helpers to protect your fingers!! LOL! Really - they save me!)

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! So adorable! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

Oh and I'm your newest follower :)

Melissa said...

That is so cute! Thanks for sharing over Tuesday Tell All.

Rathore Jane said...

I love your this craft. The baby looks so cute after wearing that.

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