DIY: Fabric Flower Clips {for Hair, Shoes and more}

Fabric flowers are quite a big thing in the DIY department, so there’s really no way anyone blogging about their DIY projects could miss out on them. When doing these fabric flowers there really is no wrong or right. The messier the better. I really feel like that with a lot of DIY things I do, it never really matters if they’re perfect. It’s more about the experience of creating something own and individual and that’s what makes the finished products so amazing. Same goes for this project. I actually had something completely different in mind when I started to do these flowers, but while crafting them I taught myself some different new techniques and simply followed my instinct. Even if I didn’t follow my plan I am absolutely in love with how my flowers turned out!

 

You’ll need

3 different kinds of fabric (colour of your choice): You will need a thicker fabric for the center part of the flower ( I chose a velvet black fabric), one regular cotton fabric or something similar and lastly you will need chiffon or tulle fabric or some other mesh fabric

needle & thread

scissors

and obviously: some clips ( I took some hair clips, they work just fine)

 

Step 1

Cut a square of your thick fabric. It doesn’t have to be even or perfect. Also don’t worry if the edges start to fray out. That’s exactly what we’re going for. My piece was about 5 x 5cm big.

Next pinch that piece in the middle (“right” side facing outwards) and twist the bottom a bit. Sew the bottom shut, creating a blossom shape.

When everything is tightly sewed together, take your scissors and snip into to the top part a couple of times, creating little “petals”.

 

Step 2

Now onto creating the “body” of the flower. Start by pre cutting your fabric. For each petal part I cut 2 large squares of my tulle and one smaller square of the cotton fabric. (The big ones were about 12 x 15cm and the smaller one about 10 x 10 cm).

Now layer the fabric parts, creating a star shape. I put one tulle piece on the bottom, diagonally on top of that a cotton piece and above that another tulle piece.

Pinch the pieces in the middle, again creating a blossom. Twist the bottom and secure it by stitching it a few times.

Again take your scissors and snip into the petals to make them more realistic. Remember the messier and more creative you get with that, the better your flower will turn out in the end.

Repeat these steps at least four times, leaving you with one thick center piece and four petal “parts” in total. The more petals you create, the more voluminous the flower will get.

 

Step 3

This step is where everything, literally, comes together. What you will do is basically layering your petals parts around the thick center part, tips facing to each other. Stitch them together until nothing moves around anymore. Do not only sew the petal parts onto the center, also don’t forget to sew the individual pieces together.

You now should be left with something looking like this:

When you’re done, make the flower a bit more realistic by snipping into the petals with your scissors a couple more times and by pulling the fabric edges apart, causing them to fray.

 

Step 4

As I couldn’t be bothered with thinking about a way how to attach the clip to the flower anymore, I decided to simple slide the clip through some of the stitches on the bottom of the flower. This technique worked, but if don’t want to risk the flower to fall off of the clip, you will have to expend a little more effort. I suggest tightly stitching the clip onto the flower, or simply hot glue the pieces together.

 

I know this DIY sounds like a tough one but once you get the hang on it and get a little creative everything will work out. Just experiment around and don’t be afraid to do mistakes, because those are what makes everything so pretty!

 

Now simply clip your flower on whatever item you like. I decided to spice up some classic black pumps.

Also try wearing your flower clips as a bun topper or something else (like on the strap of a handbag maybe!?)

Thank you Bruno Mars… a sentimental bullshit kind of blogpost

So, last night while driving home I turned on the radio and instantly got catched by the song which was on at that moment. It was Bruno Mars’ new song ”When I was your man” aaaand… I love it! I wouldn’t consider myself a Bruno Mars fan or anything, though of course I used to have like a huge crush on him (Oh us girls ;))

Well anyways, when I first heard this song I immediately focussed on the lyrics. Bruno just hit it, again.

He basically sings about having the perfect woman at his side, not treating her right and then losing her to another man who he hopes to treat her better then he did.

I think everyone, and not only guys, should pay more attention to the people around them and to the way they treat them. Remember the golden rule ”One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself”.

Of course it’s easy to write all that stuff here, but I know of myself that I’m not a perfect role model in this case. I often tend to expect things from the people in my environment that I, as I would have to confess at this point, would probably never do for them. I don’t do this with any bad intentions, sometimes I just don’t get when I should do something for someone. Or sometimes I’m just being too selfish (which is something I could HIT myself for;)).

Well anyways, What I was going to say is, especially now with Christnas waiting just around the corner, I’ll try to step back a lil bit and focus a bit more on all the wonderful people around me! 🙂

oh and something else: Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be a smartass or anything, I’m just being kind of sentimental right now AND I just really loved this song 😀

and pleeeeeeease listen to ”When I was your man” by Bruno Mars which lyrics you can read below! 🙂

Same bed, but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Our song on the radio, but it don’t sound the same
When our friends talk about you all that it does is just tear me down
Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name
And it all just sound like uh, uh, uh

Hmmm too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours when I had the chance
Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing, but she’s dancing with another man.

My pride, my ego, my needs and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes
It all just sounds like uh, uh, uh, uh

Too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand
Should have gave all my hours when I had the chance
Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing, but she’s dancing with another man.

Although it hurts I’ll be the first to say that I was wrong
Oh, I know I’m probably much too late
To try and apologize for my mistakes
But I just want you to know
I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand
Give you all his hours when he has the chance
Take you to every party cause I remember how much you loved to dance
Do all the things I should have done when I was your man!
Do all the things I should have done when I was your man!