This month I decided to use this beautiful Joy Flower by Nani Iro print from Miss Matatabi to make something just for me because the pretty blooms fit the le challenge theme 'Nature'.

Since there have been occasional breaks in the rain and the sun has magically appeared in the sky from time to time I've been thinking about summer hair. I love headbands but my hair is quite thin and they never stay put... until now. Enter wonderful double gauze fabric and some gardening wire.

Double gauze is so light but not slippery so it's perfect for this. I used this tutorial by Eat Sleep Make but I made a couple of adjustments.

I cut my fabric strip 36" x 4.5" so it was narrower. I looped the ends of the wire and secured it with some tape so it wouldn't poke through the fabric. 

Once I had sewn the sides together and threaded the wire through, I hand sewed a few stitches through the wire loops to secure them into the end seam. Make sure you only stitch the folded seam and don't push your needle through to the other side or you will see the stitches on the headband, you just want to catch the wire loop so it doesn't slip around. I closed the ends by hand sewing a ladder stitch. 

A fun, easy make to brighten up your summer days! I got the giggles while taking bow selfies and this was better than my serious face ;)

If you want to see how to tie these headbands or want other ways to wear them check out this fun video!


Have you finished any makes inspired by nature in the past month?  Link up your finished projects before the 16th for a random chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. Head over to le challenge and see what everyone else has made...

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Now in the interests of being honest I have to tell you that I was intending to finish Joan's butterfly quilt top for this month's theme. No joy. I still haven't finished the last appliqué block...  I'm so easily distracted!
Here's where I'm up to:

A fair bit more to do. A couple of commissions and a PTA fair might mean this gets ignored for a bit longer but I so love it and can't wait to put the gorgeous butterfly blocks together.

Oh and I've been having a right laugh at some of the comments on my giveaway post. It's also reminded me of some amazing tunes :) Thanks to everyone who has entered and welcome new followers!

** Fluffy Sheep Quilting is turning two and to celebrate is having a 15% off sale starting today and ending May 21st. Enter code bday15% to get your discount! The shop is full of gorgeous fabric and the service is fabulous!**

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