There's flower power in kids' and their moms' imaginations.
Just ask 35-year-old Robyn Anderson, a busy mom with three active daughters.
"I love fabric and can't get enough of prints, stripes and dots," she said as she unveiled piles of trendy cotton yardage she has collected here and there. "If I see clothing and accessories in the store that look simple and cute, I say to myself, 'Now, I can make that!' " Her latest inspiration blossomed when she and her 6-year-old daughter, Ocean, noticed flower-shaped fabric hair clips and embellishments in fall's back-to-school fashion.
Layered petal-shaped fabric pinched together with buttons and an added clasp or pin on the back looked easy enough for them to make, so they gave it a try. And yes, the blooms were a snap to create.
Get started making one-of-a-kind adorable flower accessories, too, using these simple steps. You'll soon discover that like flowers in nature, each fabric bloom is unique. Once you make a few flowers, share the creativity with other moms and their daughters during a get-together of creative and fashionable fun.
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR ONE FLOWER HAIR CLIP OR ACCESSORY:
- Paper, pencil and scissors
- Four 5-by-5-inch pieces of cotton fabric or felt pieces in contrasting colors
- Fabric glue
- Hair clasp or brooch pin, available in craft stores
- Needle and thread
HERE'S WHAT TO DO:
1. Make patterns. Draw a 3-1/2-inch-wide shape on paper that resembles a three-leaf clover without the stem. (Pick clover from your yard for inspiration or look for a perfect clover shape in a book or online. Notice that each leaf is heart shaped as you begin drawing.) Draw two more shapes that are 2-1/2 inches and 2 inches in width.
2. Set patterns on fabric. Outline patterns with a pencil and cut out. You'll want two 3-1/2-inch shapes.
3. Stack and arrange cut-out shapes from the two largest 3-1/2 inch shapes to the smallest to resemble a flower, gluing each layer in place at the center point. Let the glue dry. Pinch the center a bit. Sew a button on top through all slightly pinched layers.
4. Sew hair clasp or glue brooch pin to the center of the back of the base.
Tip: Creating and crafting with school-age kids provides ideal opportunities for teaching and practicing such new skills as using sharp scissors or threading a needle.
Donna Erickson is the executive producer and host of public television's award-winning family lifestyle series "Donna's Day." Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families." For more ideas, visit donnasday.com and sign up for Donna's e-newsletter, join the new Donna's Day Facebook Fan page and follow Donna on Twitter @Donna_Erickson.