September 30, 2010

Autumn Bloom Belt

As I mentioned yesterday, I LOVE autumn.  Yesterday autumn got its own wreath and today it's getting its own belt.  I'm going to show you how to make this belt and these fun flowers.


When I made it I envisioned wearing it with a cute brown tunic, but I still haven't found or made one yet.  Until then this dress will give you the idea.


Let's get started.  Here's what you'll need - a glue gun, some grograin ribbon, and 1/8 of a yard of four colors of felt.  (Actually with these supplies you could make about 4 belts, but an 1/8 of a yard is the smallest measurement they let you order fabric in.)


Cut your grograin ribbon to be the correct length.  The belt just ties around the waist in a bow, so make sure it's long enough to do that.  The nice thing about a ribbon belt that just ties on so it's one-size-fits-all.  You can share it.


Find the center of the ribbon.  Take a large rectangle of felt and glue it to the belt as shown.  Then fold the felt on top of itself and glue it.  The felt is essentially sandwiching the ribbon and you'll have a large base to work with when you glue the flowers on.  (Sorry I didn't get a picture of it folded over, but I'm pretty sure you know what I mean.)


To make the flower cut the felt lengthwise in about a one inch strip.



Cut slits in the strip as shown.


Do this down the entire length of the strip.

Start rolling the strips like a cinnamon roll.  I like to add a little hot glue every 6 inches or so just to keep it from slipping.


When you're done your flower will look like this, front and back.  You can fluff up the petals to get them to look how you want them to.  Make two more flowers the same way and glue them to the felt base you created.  I glued them in a high-low-high arrangement.  I loaded up the bottom of the flower with a fair amount of hot glue.


On to the petal.  To make the petals have a little body, cut a slit at the bottom.


Fold one part over the other (as shown) and glue it.  Glue the petals wherever the felt base is still showing.


Head into your closet and see what matches your new belt!  My sister and I have also tried these flowers with thick upholstery fabric and they look cool, too.  They fray a little and they are bulkier, but they look great.

Thank you to all of you who have been enjoying our Loopdeeou headband blow out sale.  We'll keep updating the site with more headbands as they sell until they're all gone.  My sister and I have been thrilled with the success of the sale.  Thanks for your support!

Have a lovely day.  See you tomorrow....same bat time, same bat place.  (Yeah, Rex's Batman phase is creeping in on me.)

71 comments:

  1. OOh, I feel a homeshool craft day coming on! This is awesome, thank you for sharing!!!

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  2. Cheri, I triple puffy heart luv those flowers and belts are all the rage this fashion season. Great combo! (P.S. Can I just say how happy I am that your tutorial didn't include a pom maker) k, gotta get back to work.

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  3. I love this belt! I'm going to try those flowers for sure. They have so much texture and bulk. I love the look. Thanks Cher.

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial! This is so cute!

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  5. Thanks for sharing!! Cheri, I have to ask where you got that fabulous dress, too! Oh, and I'll be linking!

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  6. I first saw this style of flower on one of your headbands and I have been wondering how you made it. Thanks for another great tutorial/idea. I can't wait to make some cute flowers of my own.

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  7. Love this belt! I'm always looking for cute ways to spruce things up, this is just the ticket.

    On a completely unrelated topic, I wanted to ask your opinion on something, since your extra crafty. My boyfriend and I are going as Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man for Halloween this year... and it seems like it'd be easy enough to make the costumes... Got any brilliant ideas/or starting points? I'm just not sure the best way to go... I'd like to be able to move/sit in the darn thing haha!

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  8. I really love those felt flowers. I've admired them in your headband shop and I just LOVE the idea to make a belt. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    justenoughstyle.blogspot.com

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  9. Those are so clever, and surprisingly simple. I've seen similar flowers before and thought they looked way complicated, so thanks for showing how you made them! Love the belt, you are so cute.

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  10. Very cute, Cheri. You are one creative, talented gal!

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  11. I'm off to make some flowers! Thanks for the cinammon roll reference-any woman can follow what you mean by that:-)

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  12. So so cute! I love your style! I've really been thinking about trying out the belt trend. I was thinking it would be a good way to dress up some basic tees. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Very nice,thanks for sharing

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  14. beautiful!!!! I will be making myself one this weekend now!!! Happy Fall!!

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  15. I love them so easy. I can think of a lot of things that need flowers.

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  16. I love the belt! If my waist was as skinny as yours I'd be wearing it right now:) Instead I'm putting mine on a pin on a lovely fall cardigan!

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  17. Love the look. I don't do belts, put would like it as an accessory. I may have to make one as a pin, a hair accessory, purse accessory, necklace accent, oh my, the possiblities are endless!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  18. I bought two headbands and I'm soooo excited about them. You got me with the $5, tricky tricky! Love this post. Thanks for showing how to make those cute flowers, I've been wondering. You and your sister are the epitome of cute moms of boys (I'm partial to moms of boys, because I have four... boys, that is, not moms). Love your blog!

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  19. super, super cute!! love it!
    jen@eighteen25

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  20. Tell Rex Batman is AWESOME! We grew up watching the original version with Adam West, and no real violence. Got to love the Bat!

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  21. That is so beautiful, I love the way you did those flowers!

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  22. So cute! I just discovered your blog...thank you HowDoesShe!!! I am loving it. I have a boy and am really enjoying seeing some cute boy stuff, along with awesome stuff like this!

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  23. Oooh So pretty! I love this way to make a felt flower! I want to make one even though my craft list is WAY too long. I still have to make some of your hats!

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  24. LOVE this!!! Felt is one of the best things ever invented don't you think?!!

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  25. AMAZING! I have been thinking about something similar to this and this is definitely on my to-do list! Like now!!! thanks!

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  26. Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I heart this belt so much I am making one this weekend. How is it staying up, is there a bow in the back/

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  28. those flowers are AMAZING! I love them. The colors are great and the belt is gorgeous. nice job!

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  29. too gorgeous for words! I am so making one of these!!!!

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  30. oh love it saved to my tutorial file to try it soon! thanks so much - joining you now if you have a follower link :-)

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  31. I really love your belt-tutorial. I've linked it on my blog so the Dutch woman can also make this fantastic belt, thanks for sharing again.

    Marieke

    http://gewoonmarieke.blogspot.com/2010/10/een-riem-met-een-touch-of-herfst.html

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  32. This is so cute! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I just made one of these to go as a gift topper for my niece's birthday gift (she is turning one). It turned out perfectly. :)

    http://thiscraftygal.blogspot.com

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  33. Love these. I might actually make some to embellish a wreath I made!

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  34. 2 Words Totally Awesome, Got to try it!!!! MANY BLESSINGS DEBORAH

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  35. so cute! I just made one of these flowers with a thicker fabric for a headband. love it! thanks for the tutorial.

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  36. This belt is incredible! I love it so much! I'm thinking that I might make a huge felt flower to go on a headband for my baby girl. Thanks!

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  37. Ooh I'm in LOVE! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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  38. Ooh, I really like this. Just the right texture for autumn. I just might have to make one. :) Thanks!

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  39. Love, love, love! I made mine into a headband - pic can be found here:

    http://cookyousomenoodles.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/felt-headband/

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Mariane

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  40. Oh my goodness, I love it! THANK YOU so much for this little tutorial! You are awesome! I had seen felt flowers similar to these, and wondered how to make them... for some reason I couldnt figure it out! haha (They looked like they would be easy enough to figure out and make.. but I wasnt getting it HAHA) SO Thank you for this.. now I see they really are easy to make..Im just a little slow! HA! :)

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  41. A lovely tutorial and a wonderful blog!

    I'm already a fan of your blog.. and a follower, of course ;-)

    I would also like to introduce you to my blog: http://nolugarquechamocasa.blogspot.com

    Hope you'll follow back!! :-)
    Catarina

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  42. I love this! Thanks for sharing!! I'll be featuring it on my blog sometime this month. :) little-inspirations.blogspot.com

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  43. This is SO pretty! What a nice touch on a classic dress. :)

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  44. I love this so much - thanks for sharing! I made the belt yesterday, wore it out last night, and featured it on my blog today. I pointed my readers to your blog for the tutorial.

    Thanks for featuring such cute and simple crafts!

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  45. This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! The belt looks stunning on you by the way :)

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  46. Thank You for this! I made mine today! I'm already getting compliments and just finished it an hour ago! :) Can't wait to wear it to work tomorrow!

    - Haley

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  47. Thank you for posting this!!! I made my own version(s) of your idea and LOVE the results- I had to brag about it on my blog, of course ;)


    Thanks a million!!
    :)LollyJane

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  48. This is such a wonderful DIY and a real beautiful belt to wear! I found it on Paper*Cakes Finds but also credited your blog on my own share:

    http://hurraykimmay.blogspot.com/2010/10/craft-project-lovin-diy-shares-for.html

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo Kimmay

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  49. I LOVE this! Can I ask you where you bought your felt? I love those more subdued fall colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. I am loving this belt and your scrappy belt that are featured at Lemon Squeezy today!! I can't wait to give them a try.

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  51. Thanks so much for this tutorial!! I am using it right now to make a flower for my brother's dog. Yeah, we're those people!! :)

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  52. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I made my own version with recycled satin ribbon. I created the belt for my daughter's refashioned apron.

    If Possible please have a look

    http://www.creativitymypassion.blogspot.com/2011/01/apron-from-shortalls.html
    http://www.creativitymypassion.blogspot.com/2010/12/flowery-fabric-belt.html

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  53. I used this tutorial last night to make some flowers- thanks!

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  54. LOVE THIS!
    It reminds me of something you would see in an old movie (which I love)
    Great tutorial. thanks!

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  55. this is so adorable, I'll use your tutorial for sure :)

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  56. Thank you for such a great tutorial! I've passed it on to several friends over the past few months, and featured it on my blog today!
    http://madeitonmonday.blogspot.com/2011/02/flower-power.html

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  57. So cute! This is one I am going to have to try! I just started my own blog, so when I finish mine, I'll blog about credit you, and put your link on it.

    Followin' you now. :)

    www.DavisDomestications.blogspot.com

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  58. so adorable. You are very creative. Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Muito lindo!!!
    obrigada por compartilhar.
    Bjkas.

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  60. wow! très jolie!!! Adorable:)))

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  61. I wanted to let you know that I just linked to your tutorial in this post. For YOU – A bunch of flowers – one dozen flower tutorials – http://creatingthehive.com/blog-post/174849/for-you-a-bunch-of-flowers

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  62. Love these! How long did you make your strips for the flowers?
    sales@lollylinens.com
    Thank you, Katy

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  63. Hey
    I made a fabric flower DIY roundup a while ago.
    I featured your DIY in it.
    And I forgot to tell you (so sorry)
    Better late than never.
    If you aren't okay with it, please tell me.

    http://birdsandkittens.blogspot.nl/2012/06/diy-roundup-fabric-flowers.html
    Please check it out!

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  64. What a wonderful project for fall! We would LOVE to feature this project on CraftFoxes. Would you allow us to excerpt the tutorial as a how-to for the CraftFoxes community and link back to your site? (Example here: https://www.craftfoxes.com/how_tos/candy-stick-straws). Let me know what you think--in any case, I am off to make one!

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  65. fab tutorial - beautiful outcome! Making! thank you :)

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  66. Grosgrain riibbon not grograin.

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  67. Funny! I searched for a fabric belt to wear with the exact dress you modeled! I think I have found m answer!

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  68. Hello - I have pinned a few of your items onto one or more my Pinterest Boards but now that I'm trying to move some things around and/or delete/add some pins on my boards, I find that your pins are impossible to do anything with because of the little 'heart' you have in the upper right hand corner of your original pin that I copied onto my boards, instead of the usual little "edit pencil" that are usually on all pins, and that allows pins to be deleted, moved to other boards, etc. Can you change that, or help me delete these pins from my boards, or at least perhaps tell ME HOW TO?! This is nothing personal about your pins that I don't like, I just need to know how o work with the 'hearted pins', lol! I've never seen the heart used on a pin and don't know what it does when I click on it (nothing that I can tell but I assume it makes a like or something appear somewhere?!). I really need to clean up and re-arrange my boards, and the 'hearted pins' is preventing me from doing so. You can email me privately and if you want to do that, ask me on here in the comment section for my email address and tell me where to give it to you privately. OR perhaps others may have found this same situation and have asked you about it already...if so, please tell me where I can find that info. :) Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Susan, I'm sorry that you're having trouble editing your pinboards. I can assure you that there is absolutely nothing I've done with my images that makes them not deletable in pinterest. I don't put a "heart" on them or alter them in any way. I don't know what to tell you. Sorry! Maybe you could ask pinterest because I'm really sure the issue isn't on my side. Good luck!

      Cheri

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  69. Love this! Such a cute diy accessory, and I think would be a fabulous gift as well. As to the 'finishing' of the belt in the back, you could also finish the edges of the ribbon with a Choker Clamp and a chunk of chain that could dangle down the back if you have jewelry findings laying around. Here's a pic to illustrate, but you'd need clamps for 'wider' ribbons. Thanks so much for the fabulous idea! Pinned! http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/twilightsfancy/3643166/25mm_or_1_inch_bronze_ribbon_choker_or_bracelet_clamp_finding_kits/supplies/jewelry_supplies/findings/other_

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