Every year Huntsville, Texas has an event called Fair on the Square the first weekend in October. I always attend. Something that caught my eye this year was a cute little cap with a big colorful flower on it. They were selling for about 50 dollars. Being a crafty girl, I figured I could make it for a lot less. And I did and you can, too!
Here’s the steps:
1. Find a cap or hat, cadet caps are popular, but I couldn’t find one that was plain and solid. I did find a plain and solid baseball cap at my local superstore for $3.
2. Fabric. I love fabric! I have lots of fabric scraps, to choose from, but you may not. I would recommend taking a trip to your local fabric store and just taking it all in! I love fabric stores, too! I have used 5 different fabrics in my flower, but it’s your flower, you choose the fabrics.
3. You will need 6- 6×6 squares of 100% cotton fabric.
4. You will also need a lightweight, fusible interfacing. A 1/4 of a yard should do it.
5. Make sure you have a needle, thread, safety pin and buttons or rhinestones for the center.
6. I cut out paper patterns of the flowers. I sloppily drew them in six graduated sizes. Just make sure not to cut the petals to deep into the center. If you look at the pictures close my flowers definitely are not perfect. My largest flower is 5×5. If you are making it for a child you my go smaller, completely up to you!
7. Cut your fabric flowers using your paper patterns. I traced mine with a marker and then cut the marker line off.
8. Pin the flowers together and toss them into the washing machine and run it through a full washing cycle. It’s perfectly ok to toss then in with a load of your dirty clothes. It’s multitasking at it’s best!
9. Once the washing machine has done it’s thing, remove your flowers. Unpin the wet flowers and lay out on your ironing board. Press them dry with a hot iron. You should notice that the edges are a little frayed. This adds interest and a little warn-in, vintage feel.
10. Now for the fusible interfacing. Cut flowers from the fusible interfacing, but a tad smaller, say a 1/4 of an inch smaller. Find the fusible side, it should feel slick and look shiny or bumpy, depending on the brand. That is glue. You will want to put the glue (fusible) side to the back side of the fabric flower. Iron on to each corresponding sized flower. It may take 10-20 seconds of running your iron over the flower for it to stick
11. Stack ’em! Largest to the smallest on top. Secure with a needle and thread in an X stitch as shown in the picture.
12. Secure your button or rhinestones in the middle with your needle and thread.
13. Using the safety pin, position on the cap where you think it should go. Go check the mirror. Adjust if necessary. Find just the right spot!
14. Take your adorable hat to the ironing board. Spray the flower with spray starch so that it will lay against the cap just right. Let it dry. Just a note, to store it I hang it on a peg in my closet. The flower gets a little out of shape from hanging that way. So, I re-spray with starch just about everytime I wear the hat so I keep it in the shape I want.
15. You are finished with your cap, but what else could you do with these flowers? Put them on headbands, Glue or sew a hair clip on the back, sew to a T-shirt, just to name a few. Have fun!