My love/ fall back/ favorite seems to always be fabric flowers, BUT today I am straying from my norm.
It all started when May Arts
announced they would be holding a competition. Competition, huh? The materials... silk ribbon. Mmmmm hmmmm.... I normally am so busy that I pass on such things but I just couldn't resist trying out that gorgeous. silk. ribbon.
By it's very nature, silk lacks a bit of stability so I began by soaking it in fabric stiffener and hanging it to dry:
When it was dry, I took my 3 thinner strands and knotted them together then braided a 12" length.
After I knotted the end of my braid, I grabbed my hair straightening iron and on the lowest setting (silk burns easily) flattened the braid so it looked more finished:
I used the concept from the headband tutorial on this
post to add an adjustable or stretchy band.
Ok! Let's make the curled bow! NOTE: It is important to have treated and dried your ribbon with fabric stiffener as your bow ends won't hold a curl if you don't.
Cut 3 lengths of 1.5" wide ribbon: 9", 9" & 6". Angle cut one of your 9" lengths as shown (reverse angles).
You may want to mark the center of each ribbon length, but being a free spirit I eyeballed it. ;)
Fold one end of your 6" ribbon up and just past the center, then do the same with your other end. Sew the center to form your bow:
Repeat this process with the 9" regular ribbon. Without folding in the ends, sew your angle cut ribbon in the center. This is what all 3 ribbons should look like:
Take your hair straightening iron on a low setting and curl your angle cut 9" ribbon ends. I curled my ends opposite ways. To curl ribbon (or hair for that matter) with a straightening iron simply put the ribbon between the iron plates, twist your iron in a curl and gently pull the ribbon through the plates:
When all 3 layers are finished, stack and sew them together. I liked this skawompish :) way of layering them:
I finally glued my bow to my headband and threaded a fancy button on a ribbon and wrapped/ hot glued it around the center of my bow and headband.
Here's another look at the finished headband:
WAHOOEY! My adorable model put on her sweet side today. Either that or I was more patient (ehem) after reading this post
Thanks for a fun challenge May Arts
!! We'll see how well I fair... or fall. :)