Thursday, 10 March 2011

Sew-Along with Vix - A Felt Chrysanthemum Tutorial


The beautiful Desiree requested a tutorial for my felt hair flower and as she's one of my very favourite bloggers how could I resist?

You'll need a couple of pieces of felt, a green one and a groovy colour of your choice, a needle and thread and a metal hair clip:


Get your coloured felt and measure out a piece approximately 14cm x 9cm.


Cut to size.


Fold in half lengthways

Cut a fringe through the fold, stopping 1.5cm from the edge.


It should look like this.


Roll up the stem


 Sew into place to stop the flower from unravelling.


Cut two leaf shaped pieces from the green felt. I sew running stitch across mine to add texture.


Sew the leaves on the underside of the flower and add a hair clip, brooch pin, comb or grip.


You should end up with something like this. It's easy, honestly.

I got the idea from the brilliant Yeah, I Made It Myself by Eithne Farry. Highly recommended for any needle-wielding novice.




Here's the rest of today's outfit: Vintage 1960's Tricel mini dress (Banardos), Fake fur collar and felt crysanthemum flower (Handmade by me), Platform boots (Closing down sale from a local shop)

Coming soon - An eye make-up tutorial. Watch this space!

67 comments:

  1. Fab! That is mega simple and really effective. Im really looking forward to the eye makeup tutorial, I just can't do eyeshadow, I never know what to do with it, last time I wore eyeshadow was on my Wedding Day years ago when someone did it for me.
    Kandi x

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  2. That is stunning. I am going to make it. It would make a brilliant brooch as well. Believe it or not, I've just ordered that book from Amazon. What a mad coincidence!

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  3. Clever! I might even have to have a go myself, I'm not one for hair ornaments other people make as the clips are usually woefully inadequate for my stupidly thick hair, this way I could choose the clip!

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  4. That looks soooooooooo achievable. I might have to get that book, I think it's got my name written all over it!

    I might try that with a bit of denim. I've got loads of old pairs of jeans kicking around the place.

    Thanks Vix!

    Ali x

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  5. That looks quite simple actually! Thank you SO much for this fun tutorial Vix! I think I'm going to try this out, now I just need some felt!

    Those scissors of yours look very nice!

    I love your pink and grey outfit, the dress is cute! xxx

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  6. jolie tenue et tres jolie barrette,tu es douee ! ;O)

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  7. It look so easy and even fun to do! :) I know I would wanna try but I know how lazy I am ... that I wouldn't try !!! But that doesn't stop me from appreciating the multi-talented YOU! :)

    Tanvi
    from © tanvii.com

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  8. Hi my dear-how wonderfully stylish and it looks so easy too, well done indeed, very effective and a lovely job done! xxx

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  9. Now that looks like some thing even I can have a go at! Thanks Vix now I need to go buy felt. I'll report back how I get on. Even your scissors are cute!

    Loving the dress and fur collar.

    X x x

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  10. Fab. I'm going to have a go this weekend and I'm thinking of using it for my next workshop.
    Looks lovely. xxx

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  11. You make it look so easy! The purple and green look so good together!!!

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  12. Fecking brillant,darl.So pretty!I know I have some felt somewhere...in the rubble that is my sewing desk!I adore that frock and collar,too.I often think of that collar,and how I must make one.You are an inspiration in every way!! Must talk soon,I miss you!
    LOVE YOU, Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  13. This is adorable! You make it look so EASY. :) And I love your nail polish. That is a very pretty color. xo

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  14. That looks easy but knowing how clumsy I am, I might poke myself with the needle:(
    I love ur outfit today - its very mod and the grey fur color looks so good with it

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  15. Lovely, going to make one into a brooch, because NOTHING will stay in my hair.

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  16. So thats how you make your famous flower combs?love the nice color of purple.thanks amor.
    hot Mama!
    that mini dress is a fantastic with your boots.
    luv ya.

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  17. I think I'd make a brooch using this method. I love fabric badges and brooches.

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  18. I love this creative tutorial of yours Vix, a great post to refer back to too!

    Thanks for sharing:)

    xoxox

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  19. Excellent stuff. It looks so easy, I might even be able to make one!

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  20. This is wonderful, great tutorial Vix xxx

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  21. Clever girl!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  22. That's absolutely stunning, Vix! I really must try that sometime, the results are spectacular and it really does look quite easy. Amazing.

    xxx

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  23. Ooh love this, may need to test it out! :)

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  24. I'm loving your me-made-march series, Vix. This is such a lovely idea - I can't help but envision a whole dress with wonderful diy felt flowers and popping flowers. xxx

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  25. Too freaking weird. I have two pieces of felt. A cerise one and a green one. GORGEOUSLY TEMPTING!

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  26. It's very affective, I love it.
    You look great in the mini dress.

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  27. Wow so easy end effective! I totally have that book as well and had never seen this!

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  28. Aw, simple but pretty. Bit like some of our 'fave' schleb chicks these days ;-)

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  29. What a great tutorial! It looks very simple and I love the colour you used. Love the pink dress and grey stole - that's two hand made by you things in the outfit!

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  30. Vix you're so clever, I'm going to start sewing. Rather spooky that I saw that same book on Amazon the other day. Think this is fate telling me to purchase it. xx

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  31. When I saw it was a 'making' post I thought 'I'll have to skip past this because I am so useless at sewing'. But this looks so simple even I could do it! Must look out for some felt now xx

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  32. So cute and so easy to make! I have a similar book called 'Subversive Seamster' which has lots of ideas for remaking old clothes, including turning men's trousers into shorts x

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  33. Great tutorial, it seems so easy to do as you've said!.
    And love how you wear that pretty little dress with the fake fur collar!, and your hairstyle is delightful!
    besos

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  34. Oh thanks for sharing the tutorial. I might have a go at one as I love the one you sent me so I could make a clip one too! Fab boots today! x

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  35. Gorgeous tutorial and gorgeous frock - you look beautiful, as always! Do you think you could get all crazy advanced and do two colours - like contrasting shades of felt?

    Sarah xxx

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  36. This is so simple, with such attractive results. I'm really loving the print in the dress.

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  37. You look totally adorable, Vix. From head to toe! I'm totally going to make a mum barrette. I have a lot of felt, this is perfect! Thanks for the tutorial:)

    f

    The House in the Clouds

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  38. Adorable!! hearts, Janna Lynn

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  39. Very clever and it looks great on you! Head wear at its best in beautiful colors.

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  40. Dearest Vix, it's fab. I love purple and green together. You're very clever.

    Look forward to the eye make up tutorial. I've been meaning to call you all week. I shall try you tomorrow. Much love, C xx

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  41. You make it look easy, I hope your friend has fun making one

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  42. I love this. So simple and yet it looks so great! I may have to steal your idea and share it with my guides, if that's ok... :)

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  43. Wow. Looks simple. Happy weekend wishes from Norway

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  44. The ME-MADE-MARCH11 series is fabulous! You are a star even a flower, flower! xx

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  45. So simple yet effective - I will definately have a go at making a couple of these for me and Monkeychild. Cool. Thanks, Vix xxx

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  46. Wonderful tutorial Vix, please do more.
    I always find working with felt a joy, it just seems to do what it’s supposed to unlike some fabrics xxx

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  47. Oh I had no idea it was so simple - it looks so effective and complex when it's finished that I thought it would be much more difficult to make!

    I've had that book on my Amazon wishlist for months now. Really must get it bought when the book ban is over!

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  48. Thats brilliant i have a friend who would love that ;-)) Have a wonderful weekend, dee xx

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  49. Love the dress! You look mahvelous, dahling.

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  50. wow, that looks so easy with such a brilliant effect! I'm going to try that out! How could I not?

    also, on a weird observational note- your rings look very satisfying and clunky, if that makes any sense lol I love the turquoise one =)

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  51. Great tutorial and so simple yet so fab! x

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  52. Oh My !
    that skirt is drool worthy and WOW the purse is perfect and would match my satin turbin ;)
    LOVE the DIY and am gonna try it today!
    Thanks , Vix !!!!
    xXx
    Reva

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  53. ps, yOUR Scissor's are even awesome!

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  54. Oh my, how easy is that! I will have a go and post some pics. Thank you for sharing!

    Even your scissors are stylish! :)

    Xx Claire

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  55. Ooh, thank you for this! I'd just been contemplating making some flower accessories from some wool felts I have, and this gives me a good start on ideas for construction.

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  56. Oh you're so neat with your sewing! Great DIY

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  57. Fabulous! Must try it myself! Ive got that Eithne Farry book and I love it. I made my first A Line skirts from it, out of a 70s curtain. I also love her second book, Lovely Things to Make for Girls of Slender Means - although the 'recipes' are even less detailed than in the first! xx

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  58. Oh thank you so much your gorgeousness - I love the colours you chose here and the stitching detail on the leaves is stunning! My hair is becoming incredibly unruly and I need to make these pronto - felt squares have such a wonderful texture don't they? Thank you xoxoxoxo

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