Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! Here is the first post in this spin off series, with a tutorial for a pretty spring daffodil headband. Daffodils have recently become available again and they are just the best! So it’s perfect timing for this spring headband which is just as cheerful as the flower it represents. Over to you, Laura!
One of the awesome things about felt crafting is how easy it is to get creative and adapt projects to make new things. Swap ribbon for a brooch clasp to turn an ornament into a brooch, stuff a pincushion with lavender to turn it into a lavender sachet, enlarge some brooch templates and use them to add an applique design to a cushion…there are always so many crafty possibilities!
Inspired by this, here is the first of our series of fun ideas for things you can make using templates and tutorials I’ve previously shared here on The Daily Stitch…
To make this cute and colourful felt headband you will need:
* The template sheet from the March Daffodil Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in Banana Cream and Hallows Eve
* Orange stranded embroidery thread
* A plastic headband / Alice band
* Yellow sewing thread
* Sewing scissors
* Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small or fiddly shapes!)
* Optional: pinking shears
* Sewing needles and pins
* A glue gun and glue
* A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
To make the headband:
Use the Narcissi templates from the Daffodil Wreath tutorial to cut out the following felt pieces: ten yellow petal pieces, five orange trumpet pieces and five orange circles.
When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.
Follow steps 3, 4 and 5 from the Daffodil Wreath tutorial to sew the trumpet and petals together.
Use a glue gun to stick the flower pieces to a plastic headband: first the petals, then the trumpets. Start with the central flower and work outwards, adding a small amount of glue to the felt pieces and pressing them in place very carefully.
IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.
Additional photography by September Pictures.