Jun 13, 2011

Shoe Clips and a Flower Tutorial Week

So I have these shoes...I happen to love both. The black flats were size 5 from Target (lucky me can wear kid's shoes so they are usually cheaper) and Krista gave me the silver sandals from Old Navy when I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. Silver is such a great color. I just needed to kick them up a notch. You can see I added a rose to the black pair. (Actually, these shoes are both pretty great neutrals by themselves, but being the creative type that I am, I saw a blank canvas).

And as for the silver pair...That's better right? Nothing a little hot glue can't fix.What do you think? Please do not judge my ankles that weirdly turn in when I walk or the lack of a pedicure, haha! At least I am tan.

So then I thought, I sew different flowers all the time, and attach them to everything, and I thought that it might be fun to do some tutorials. There are so many differing types of fabric flowers. I know at least a dozen different ways to do them, but I picked five faves of mine. I will give one tutorial a day just for your enjoyment. I took pictures of each step as I made these today.

The first is the fabric roses that I showed on the shoes. If you remember back, I made my sister a couple necklaces out of these for her birthday in January. Here is one. Everyone has seen this tutorial on blogland I think, but most of them aren't that good if you want to attach beads or buttons. Why? Because they are hot glued throughout. Have you ever tried to get a needle through a bunch of dried hot glue? Yeah, it doesn't work out. This one of mine works really well for attaching beads and buttons. Also, my method might be a bit different since I only saw them finished and then tried several different of my own ways before settling on this one. I never read a tutorial on them until I had already hit on this.
Second I will show you how to make the satin flowers on the sandals and on this headband. But honestly, if you have been around the blogosphere for more than, oh, point one second, then you've seen this already. Nothing much new here, but they are still a favorite of mine. I love to make huge ones for myself and wear them above my side ponytail.
Or little ones look sweet cute clipped to a little baby headband.Sometimes, I get tired of pink. She's still girly, right? Whoops, I digress, how quick I am to showcase photos of my cuties.
This is a paper rose I thought up, though I'm sure other's have thought of the same thing. Oh yeah, FYI, this one's not fabric. One day I was just playing with paper and came up with this.Here is a crocheted one with a yo yo flower center. Technically, this is two flowers in one, but I stacked them. Hey, this will be a two-for-one day! However, if you like the look of the yo yo by itself (which I do), here is what it looks like too. It's also quite adorable. And this felt one is probably the easiest of all and really doesn't need a tutorial. But I'll include how I attach hair clips and how to keep them from slipping out of hair in this tutorial since the flower part isn't all that involved (uh, almost a "non" tutorial). I use this flower though a lot and it's worth showcasing here for it's simplicity and "Wow" value when it's finished.So there you go. One a day for the next few days until we're through. It'll be fun! Maybe I'll do a link party at the end and you can show me your own flower creations or your own fabric flower tutorials.


  1. I love what you did with the silver flip flops! Tessa's headband is adorable too!

  2. How exciting! I'm looking forward to it :-)

    Love what you did to the shoes! And a size 5?!? You cutie, you!

    ♥ Bethany