Unveiling our very first Tuesday Tutorial!

I could hardly wait for Tuesday to roll around this week, because I was soooo excited to kick off our a great new feature (drumroll please) “Tuesday Tutorial“. That’s right – every Tuesday we’re going to bring you a fun, crafty and simple tutorial  from one of our vendors, or a guest blogger.  So here we are – it’s finally Tuesday, and here’s our very first tutorial, brought to you with lots of love from Rachel, one of our very talented, super cute,  and totally awesome crafters!

Hi! I’m Rachel from Maybe Matilda and I have a fun, quick, adorable project to share. Ready? Here we go.

With spring and summer almost here (yippeeeeee!), I’ve been trying to think of ways to improve my normal warm weather outfit which pretty much consists of capris, tee, and sandals. Not terribly stylish, I know. I need simple, cute additions that will up the style factor without adding layers or too much time.
Enter the new star of my spring wardrobe, the ribbon flower belt!



It’s colorful, cute, fun, and a cinch to put together–you probably already have all the materials you’ll need to make one. You’ll be sporting your new belt in no time :-)


All you’ll need is some ribbon, fabric (you could really use just about any fabric for this–I used some mystery fabric that’s been hiding in my stash, awaiting its calling), thread, and a teeny bit of felt.


Start by cutting a small circle of felt (about 1 1/2-2 inches around)–you’ll put the felt at the back of your flower and stitch the petals onto it, and it will add some weight and sturdiness to your flower.


Cut about 7-9 large circles (about 4″) from your fabric and cut a slight scallop around the edges (I didn’t cut the circles individually . . . I just folded the fabric quite a few times and cut once. It doesn’t have to be perfect!).



Now cut 4-6 smaller circles (about 2-3″) from your fabric, and scallop those edges as well.


Center 2 of your large circles on top of your felt and, using your needle and thread, stitch once or twice through the center, securing your circles onto the felt piece.


Now take another large circle and fold it in half, then in half again, creating a 4-layer triangle shape.



Repeat this 3 more times, arrange in a circle shape on top of your circle base with the center points overlapping, and stitch several times through all layers, securing the triangle-shaped petals.
(The picture shows just 3 of the petals stitched on . . . I sewed them on one at a time.)


Using a combination of large and small circles, continue to double-fold your fabric and stitch it onto the flower until it is as full as you’d like. Stitch through all the layers a few times to make sure it’s secure, and repeat for a second flower!



Now wrap a ribbon around your waist and cut it to the length you’d like, making sure to leave enough room to tie it and have some ribbon hanging down. Cut the ribbon ends on a diagonal and, if you’d like, run the edges over a flame to seal them and prevent fraying.


Tie the ribbon on and mark where you’d like the flowers to sit. Using your needle and thread, stitch through the felt onto the ribbon to attach the flower to your belt.


That’s it! Now you have a super trendy ribbon belt to jazz up your blah summer outfits!



Stop by and say hi at my blog to see some more fun projects, and check out my Etsy shop (and of course, my spot at the Bungalow!) where I sell my sweet crochet for kids and grownups, too!