I’m back with a DIY for you inspired by Heart of Light’s Rachel. She has launched her own etsy shop and created some amazing belts and headbands. I posted about her fabulous ruffle belt a few weeks ago and many of you loved it.
Amber especially loved it so we went on a hunt to find something that we could create for her wedding. We both feel in love with this one of Rachel’s.
When it came down to creating it, I ran into some problems with the fabric. The fabric wasn’t melting, but rather burning! Pam and I had a few screams as we thought we were going to burn the house down and therefore decided against doing that. I wrote Rachel and email, letting her know of our dilemma and she kindly responded! She told me that the issue I was having was with the fabric. I needed 100% polyester for it to work. I was so grateful for her response, but while waiting for it, Pam and I began to experiment with the fabric. We kind of came up with this pinwheel flower belt and Amber loved it!
So, I bring you… the Pinwheel Flower Belt.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1/2 a yard of brown satin (you won’t use it all)
1/2 a yard of tulle (you won’t use it all)
1 spool of coordinating thread
2 and a half yards of ribbon
WHAT TO DO:
Step 1: Measure your waist and determine the length of the ribbon (mine was 2 and a half yards).
Step 2: Tie a bow so you can cut the length appropriately.
Step 3: Cut the edges (make them pretty!)
Step 4: Find the center of the ribbon.
Step 5: Put the belt back on and place a pin where you would like the center flower to be located.
Step 6: Take up the satin and cut out a large rectangle. This will be your largest flower, so the size is entirely up to you. I would say that mine was about 8 inches long.
Step 7: Fold the fabric in half.
Step 8: Fold the fabric in half again.
Step 9: Cut out a large circle about the size of the square.
Step 10: You should have a total of four squares.
Step 11: Take up one of the circles. Pinch it so there are three folds.
Step 12: Run your coordinating thread through each of the folds to hold them in place.
Step 13: Repeat steps 11 & 12 and thread all four together.
Step 14: Place the “puff” on the ironing board and press the flower. You may want to fight with it a little to get the right look. Press again. (Try to ignore that I have tulle on this flower – it’s a bad idea as the tulle melts).
Step 15: Cut a square of tulle, just larger than the diameter of the flower.
Step 16: Fold the tulle the same way you folded the satin.
Step 17: Trim the edge in a half circle. It’s okay for it to be un-even, it only adds texture.
Step 18: Thread the tulle to the back of the flower.
Step 19: Take up three more squares of the stain fabric. You are now going to make three smaller flowers. One for the center and two are for on either side of the center flower. These circles should be about half the size of the large circles.
Step 20: Repeat Steps 11 – 18 for all three of the smaller flowers. When pressed they will look like this.
Step 21: Take up one of the smaller flowers and place it onto of the large flower. Stitch them together.
Step 22: Take up the ribbon and your three completed flowers. Place the large flower where you placed your pin.
Step 23: Sew on the remaining flowers.
Step 24: Embellish it however you like (beads, pearls, etc) or wear it as is.