The letter of the day on Sesame Street this morning was “M”.  Needless to say, Maddy had fun announcing words that start with that letter on the way to preschool.

“Monkey!  Magic!  Monster!”

“Maddy’s mommy is a matching maniac!”  Ok, I admit: that was one of mine.  =]

As I showed you in my Ruffle Bib Boutique Shirt and my Ruffle Boutique Leggings tutes, a boutique outfit just isn’t complete unless you have a matching hair accessory!!  I like my hair accessories a little Dolly Parton-ish: big, bold, and beautiful!!!  ^_^

Let’s get to it, shall we?

I know it looks a little overwhelming, but I promise it’s quick and painless.

step 1: Put a dab of hot glue on the end of your headband and glue down the end of your ribbon, leaving about a half-inch overhang off the end.

step 2: Using another dab of hot glue, glue the overhang on the underside of your headband.

step 3: Wrap your ribbon tightly around your entire headband.  Trim the extra and singe the end with the lighter to prevent fraying.  As you did with the other side, glue the overhang onto the inside of the headband.

step 4: Cut different size circles of your chiffon, organza, tulle, satin, or whatever you’re using to create your flower.  I prefer to freehand them for a more natural look.  I cut these circles quite large, as I wanted a bigger flower.  Remember to cut your circles a tad bit larger than you’d like the flower to be, as your fabric will shrivel at the edges and shrink a little in the next step.

step 5: Light your candle and create the petals for your flower.  For a more thorough explanation of how to do this, see step 19 of my Leather & Organza Flower Necklace Tutorial.

step 6: Set up your secret weapon for making organza and chiffon flowers.  Again, you can check out step 21 of my Leather & Organza Flower Necklace Tutorial for more information on my secret weapon.  ^_-

step 7: Layer your petals from biggest to smallest in a way that appeals to you.  This is where the secret weapon comes in handy, because it keeps everything tucked in nice and neat.  Make sure your needle and thread is threaded and knotted before moving on to the next step.

step 8: Pinch the layers of the flower between your thumb and forefinger and gently remove the flower from the secret weapon.  Take your needle and thread in the other hand and sew a few stitches completely through the flower to keep it in place.

step 9: Sew your button into place with a few more stitches, then knot and cut your thread.

step 10: Hot glue your flower onto a circle of felt.  Then glue that circle of felt directly onto the headband.

step 11: Cut a larger circle of felt and, before adding glue, make sure it’s large enough to touch the flower on the other side of the headband.  Once you’re sure glue it down, sandwiching the headband between the two felt circles.

Now, it was at this point that my camera batteries ran out, and of course I didn’t have any more on hand.  I even tried using my remote control batteries, but nope.  Deader n’ a door nail.  Soooo… You can either leave it like this (which is still totally cute!!!), or you can try to follow along while I (sheepishly) try to show you what I did without actually showing you what I did.

Image courtesy of Skip To My Lou

step 12: I wanted my flower big.  Not just big – BIG.  Grand Canyon big.  Niagra Falls big.  Dolly Parton hair and tatas big.  So saying, my flower just wasn’t big enough for me.  So I ruffled a bit of matching tulle (if you’re new to ruffling, check out Disney at Ruffles And Stuff for a great tutorial), and simply hot glued it around the outside, leaving enough room for…

Image courtesy of Little Dear Tracks

step 13: Felt leaves.  I did exactly what you see above: I freehand cut a few leaves, then snipped a slit at the bottom of each leaf.  Overlap the two section and hot glue them together.  This helps show a little more dimension so the leaves don’t come across looking flat.  Then I hot glued the leaves into the empty space left by the ruffled tulle.

Thank you for crafting with me, everyone.  It’s been so great sharing these boutique tutorials with you!!  If you’d like to make a complete outfit to match your new headband, check out the Ruffle Bib Boutique Shirt and the Ruffle Boutique Leggings Tutorials.  Until next time, everyone.  ^_^