....A very abstract flower!
I first got the idea to make this super simple hair band when my daughter wore this ruffly dress:
I just happened to have some plain pink cotton in the exact shade and weight of the dress fabric. I planned to make some rolled fabric roses, but they take so long and I was in a hurry. I wanted to imitate the style of the raw-edged ruffles of her little dress, and so the ruffle flower was born! It took me less than ten minutes to make the headband.
- woven fabric
- sewing machine and thread
- button or beads
- hair clip or headband
The edges of the ruffles on the dress are completely raw, not hemmed or serged. Why doesn't the ruffle dress unravel?
Woven fabric has threads that go from left to right, and threads that go up and down. If you were to cut the fabric along the length of the threads (parallel) in either direction, that would be "on the grain":
Ok now we can get started!
Cut your fabric into strips on the bias, about one inch wide and thirty or forty inches long. Like I said, if your piece of fabric isn't wide enough, you can cut small pieces and use them together as one long strip. If you'd like, taper one end of the strip into a point. That will be the center.
Next, set your sewing machine to the loosest and longest length of stitch. Run one edge of the strip through the machine about a quarter inch from the edge. Leave a long tail of the thread end.