Wednesday, June 23, 2010

nearly indestructable fairy wreath

I made a few things to take to my sister and her daughter while I visited them. Some you've seen, some you have not. One of the things I made was a fairy hair wreath for my sister's oldest daughter G.

I've made at least a dozen of them. My girls own several. I've made them for friends girls and for my own nieces. I made five of them for the preschool where my girls attended.I know that they are nearly indestructible because my girls are rough on everything. The only thing that happens is that ribbon does end up fraying if you don't finish with with Fraycheck.

They are easy to make.

  • fleece
  • coordinating thread
  • silk flowers
  • buttons
  • hook and loop tape
  • ribbon or tulle

Cut a bunch of ribbon or tulle to use for the streamer behind the wreath. Bundle the top of the ribbon in a scrap of fabric and stitch over it a couple of times to hold the bundle together.

Next you need to measure your child's head. You will need to cut the fleece long enough to go around her head with the addition of about three inches of overlap by about four inches wide.

Fold the band in half lengthwise. Slip the bundle into the folded band near one end and then top stitch around the entire band.

Cut a three inch strip of hook and loop tape. Fix the loop tape to the end of the band on the inside. Fix the hook tape on the opposite end on the outside. (I like to put the hook tape on the side that faces out because I think it is less likely to snag on their hair that way. I also like to make sure that the outside (the end with the hook tape) is the side with the ribbon or tulle so that when the child wears it, it is against the head and the flower band covers the top of it).

I realize now that this picture doesn't really show it. I am sorry.

Dismantle your flowers and stack them together with a button in the middle.

When you sew the flowers to the head band, it is helpful to place the knot of the thread on the top of the head band so it will be under the flowers and then when you finish the thread to finish it under the headband. In this way, the only thing that is on the head side of the band is the stitches and there aren't any knots to irritate their head.

In the past, I've used jingle bells as the center of the flowers. The edges of the bells often fray and snap the thread so after I've sewn the flower down, I also use some glue underneath it to help prevent the jingle bell from breaking the thread.

Here are a few others, I"ve made. I can't seem to find a picture of my favorite one right now.

A few faces:

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  1. Ah those are lovely Melissa.. they remind me of some fairy petal belts and hairbands I made for Cyan's 3rd birthday.. I might post about them one day!! (in fact I just remembered I added a photo from that day on my very first ever blog post back in February, you can just about see them on Cyan, if you're curious!)

    Love the B&W faces too.. lovely shots :)

  2. The fairy wreaths are sweet! I love your photography, too :)

  3. The fairy headbands are adorable! Stopping in from iFellowship!

  4. Ooh, I think my daughter would love these (she's almost 5). What a fun, new dress-up accessory! And I think I could make her one with your instructions.

  5. My girls love the wreaths you made for them. They remind of the May day 'May Pole' with the flowers and the ribbons. They're in good condition too, made to last.

  6. This is so fun! Both of my girls would really love this. I'll have to pick up some flowers next time I'm at the craft store. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Melissa, you make such great art. I always appreciate visiting your blog. I love your passion for people and your creative mind!!

  8. The are darling! Any little girl would have such fun with these! I am featuring these today so stop by and grab a featured button if you would like! Thanks for linking up and sharing your creative juices! Have a great Friday!

  9. I absolutely love the fairy headbands, those are the cutest I've seen so far!

  10. BEAUTIFUL! Great job Melissa! Your pictures are beautiful too! : )

    I also wanted to let you know that I featured you here:

  11. Melissa, my daughter would LOVE this!! What a fantastic fairy wreath. Great idea!! I am not sure though what is prettier the wreath or all your pictures. You are a fantastic photographer!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Gifts From the Heart!! Have a Blessed Day!!