If you can cut and glue felt, you can make this adorable flower. The top four petals attach to a headband, the bottom two to a ribbon that ties under your sweet blossom's chin. Bonus: The "leaves" are safety-pinned to the dress (translation: removable), so it can be worn again. Synergy alert: This pretty posy's name just happens to be Violet.
Photography: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2017
- Felt in light and dark purple, and green (Pictured: Rainbow Classic Felt craft felt, 72", in Bright Lilac for petals, $7.50 per yd.; and craft felt cut, 36" by 36", in Violet Sky for petal designs, $8.50, fabric.com. Michael’s felt, in Olive Green for leaves, $7 per yd., and Bright Green for leaves’ veins, $8 per yd., michaels.com)
- Fabric glue
- Ribbon about 2 feet (Pictured: Celebrate It 360° satin double-faced ribbon, 5/8", in Lavender, $4 for 10 yd., michaels.com)
- Headband (Pictured: Toogoo Hair Hoop headband, $2 for 2, amazon.com)
- Purple top (Primary The Peasant top, in Grape, $20, primary.com)
- Safety pins or gaffers' tape
Make headband: Use templates to cut 6 light-purple petals (2 large, 2 medium, 2 small) and four dark-purple designs out of felt. Glue designs onto 4 smaller petals. Glue ribbon onto top third of headband, letting it trail down sides. Wrap tabs of 2 large petals around middle of headband, then glue to back of petal. Repeat with medium petals, attaching one on each side. Wrap 2 small petals' tabs around trailing ribbon, one on each side. Glue tabs to back of petal; secure by gluing top edge of small petals to back of medium petals.
Make leaves: Use template to cut 3 light-green leaves and dark-green veins out of felt. Glue veins onto leaves and attach to neck of top, either permanently with fabric glue or temporarily with safety pins or gaffers’ tape.