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.)

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