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I am delighted to welcome a new DIY contributor to the blog today. Lyndsey Harvey from Blooms by Lyndsey. Lyndsey is a South Devon based business specialising in handmade fabric flower arrangements and fabric flower making workshops. Lyndsey says ‘I have always loved sewing and making whatever I can from scraps of fabric. When I was looking for a handmade decoration that I could add to a purse, I stumbled across a pattern for a ribbon rose. I made one and there began my love of making flowers. I use fabric flowers in bridal bouquets, buttonholes, brooches, hair clips, arrangements and wherever else my imagination takes me!’
Today Lyndsey is going to be showing us how to make these cute Flower hair pieces, which can be worn as a hair clip or added to your outfit with a safety pin, to add a touch of Boho.
STEP 1) Take the 2 metres of wired organza ribbon and fold it in half so the wired edges meet and place the length of satin ribbon in between the folded organza ribbon.
STEP 2) Take a length of approximately 1.5 metres of thread and tie a knot at one end. Thread your needle and starting at the end of the ribbon, closest to the wired edge, sew 3 stitches on top of each other to secure the end of the thread.
STEP 3) Using a running stitch (each stitch being about 1cm in length) sew down the left side of the ribbon, then along the length of the ribbon (along the folded edge) and up the right side of the ribbon.
STEP 4) When you reach the end of the right side of the ribbon, pull the thread and gather the ribbon until you have the number of gathers you would like for your flower, then sew 3 stitches to secure the end of the thread.
STEP 5) Take a circle of felt and sew one end of the ribbon onto the felt with the wired edge on the outside. Then following the edge of the felt, sew the edge of your ribbon about every 3 gathers creating the outside of your flower.
STEP 6) Build your flower by spiralling the ribbon inwards and sewing the edge to the felt every 3 gathers, until you reach the centre
STEP 7) Sew your button in the centre.
STEP 8) Take the second circle of felt and sew the alligator hair clip on to it.
STEP 9) Finally sew the second circle of felt onto the back of the flower and you will have a beautiful hair piece perfect for a bride or perhaps create a smaller version for a bridesmaid. Alternatively you can use a brooch back instead of an alligator clip and create a corsage for a mother of the bride, selecting a ribbon colour that matches their outfit.