Awhile ago, when spring things first started appearing on the shelves, my eye caught this awesome stack of colored burlap in the scrapbooking aisle. It is bright green, pink, orange, and blue, and it actually made me excited! I snatched it up and so far, it has been sitting on my shelf waiting for the perfect project. Well, today, I used it, and I was so impressed at how well it cut in my Evolution machine.
Seriously… even without interfacing, it held itself together and cut perfectly, which allowed me to create these super cute ruffled burlap flower headbands in under 10 minutes a pop!
Want to make your own? It’s really easy! Here’s what you will need:
- Evolution, or a similar die cutting machine
- circle metal dies
- colored burlap (mine was from a stack by DCWV)
- fabric scissors (in case a thread or two doesn’t cut all the way through)
- hot glue (or if you’re fancy, thread and a needle instead)
- a small piece of felt (about 1.5″) for the back of the flower
- embellishment for the center of the flowers
- elastic trim
Start by putting your burlap on your die cutting platform. I love to use the genius, because it’s magnetic and keeps my dies in place. Then,place the circle dies on top, with the edge face down. Place the mat on top and run it through your Evolution. Cut 7-8 circles for each flower – I only did 7, because it was all I could fit on one sheet, and it looks fine, but 8 will be a bit fuller.
The only problem I had cutting was the occasional very thick thread in the burlap. It was really easy to snip this with my scissors though. If the circle isn’t fully cut, DON’T try to pull it away from the sheet – snip the thread with scissors. Otherwise, the whole thread will come out of the circle and leave a hole. Tip: Use interfacing if you don’t want the slightly frayed look.
Fold your circle into quarters, and glue onto the piece of felt. Repeat with three other circles to cover your felt. Now repeat the same thing with your second layer. I tried to stagger the gaps, so that the “petals” didn’t meet in the same place they did on the bottom layer.
Once done, add an embellishment to the center. I used some rhinestones and a dress pin (I pushed it through the flower and then snipped the extra off the back with pliers. Then, glue the felt piece onto some elastic that you have measured to fit your little one’s head (or your own, of course)! I bought this elastic from Pick Your Plum awhile ago and when I went to grab some for this project, I was surprised at how it perfectly coordinated!
That’s honestly all there is to it! My daughters were over the moon in love with them, and I was in love with how quick they were to whip up – plus the bright colors cheered me up on this gloomy day!
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