You're late, you're late for a very important date! Stumped for a quick gift for Mother's Day? Our Tattered Flower headband saves the day. I made this in about 30 minutes. But, it looks like I slaved for hours over the intricate triptych design, button embellishment and chic frayed-edge flowers. If asked, you're welcome to use any of those big words to describe how hard you worked on this gift as well.
Our thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for providing the brand new Ebony Dumb Dot for the binding on this project. And, to our friend Jona at Fabritopia for the amazing ribbon. Jona carries a wonderful selection of the Renaissance Ribbons. We were so impressed with the quality; they are so beautifully woven, they look almost as gorgeous on the back as from the front. Fabritopia also has lace, novelty trim and appliques.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem Gold 3)
Fabric and Other Supplies
- Full width (apx 44") fabric scrap(s): we used Michael Miller's Ebony Dumb dot
- Purchased stretchy knit headband - about ¾" - 1": we used black to match our fabric
- 1-3 buttons to embellish the flowers: we used one ½" black jet button
- All-purpose thread to match fabric - for making flowers
- All-purpose thread to match headband - for attaching flowers
NOTE: When attaching the flowers to the headband you want the thread to blend with the inside of the headband; you can hide the threads within the flower itself.
- Hand sewing needle
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and ironing board
- I made my flowers in two slightly different sizes. The flower in the middle is larger than the two on the sides. I cut one fabric strip approximately 2" x 44" for the large flower and two fabric strips approximately 2" x 30" for the smaller flowers.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Follow the easy, step-by-step instructions of our Tattered Flower tutorial.
- When all three flowers are done, hand stitch in place to the top of your headband. Cluster the flowers close together; closer than what seems logical – almost one on top of the other. When you stretch the headband to put it on, the flowers will pull apart and you want to minimize the distance they move.
- We added a button to the center flower, but left the two smaller side flowers plain.
- Gift wrap one, two or three of these fun headbands (the headbands are usually sold 3 or more to a pack) with a pretty hair brush and some fancy shampoo for wonderful, personalized (speedy) gift.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Liz Johnson
Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna Sew Fun and the Bernina bernette 46.