I have three gorgeous, amazing, wonderful, creative, funny, and intelligent little girls. I love them beyond all reason and would move mountains for them. That being said, for all you mamas of precious, handsome, rascally little boys. . . bless your hearts. You are so lucky!
We have so much HAIR!!! And since we are diva, princess, stylin' little girls, we must have ribbons, bows, barrettes, clips, elastics, headbands, and any other hair accessory to hold it away from our face or to make the hair look MORE beautiful.
8x10 piece of felt (25 cents at Hobby Lobby)
Frame minus the glass (I found 11x14 was a perfect size)
fat quarter of fabric (simple pattern is best)
Ribbon (at least two kinds, a yard each)
glue (I used hot glue)
So here we go, first you need put your little girl's hair up into a ponytail or bun. It is necessary for this to work. Now to make a silhouette of your child. You can do that by following this tutorial and printing your silhouette on 8 1/2x11 white paper, or these instructions. I followed the second set of instructions and simply traced my girls' silhouettes on to white copy paper. I felt I had more control over my size this way, however this may not work with a small toddler. They tend to get squirmy.
The size of my silhouette fit inside a piece of 8 1/2x11 copy paper turned portrait position. Cut out your silhouette carrefully, getting all the features.
Place your silhouette on your piece of felt, landscape position. This position allowed me to get all of my silhouette's features. Place the nose as close to the edge as you can without touching it. Pin your silhouette to your felt well. Cut your silhouette carefully. I found it was easier to move the felt rather than move the scissors. This gives you a more seamless edge. Unpin the paper silhouette from the felt.
If you need to use your scraps to complete your silhouette's pony tail, as I did, pin your scraps to the silhouette and cut them out as well. The piecing won't show when they are glued down together. Set your silhouette aside.
Now, remove the glass and cardboard from your frame. You do not need the glass, so put that in the recycling bin.
Spread your fabric our flat. You may need to iron it so there are no wrinkles or creases in the fabric. Take the cardboard from the frame and place your cardboard on top of the fabric and trim your fabric about an inch and a half out from the cardboard's edge.
Glue one long edge of the fabric to the back of the cardboard, then gently stretch the fabric across the front and glue the other long edge to the opposing side of the cardboard. Now glue the two short edges of the fabric to the short edges of the cardboard.
Flip your fabric covered cardboard over and place your silhouette on the fabric. Arrange it so that it is a little above center. Now glue your silhouette down on to the fabric. Place glue along all of the edges and press firmly to get a good bond. If you had to use scraps to complete your silhouette, join the edges of the scrap piece to the silhouette piece first. Allow that to set, before you glue the other edges. This will insure an invisible joint between both pieces of fabric.
Now to get creative. Use one piece of ribbon to make a bow. You can tie a bow or make a bunch of loops. I just made loops and sort of squished the center together. Once you have a bow you are happy with, glue it down at the base of the ponytail on your silhouette. Now take your second piece of ribbon and fold it in half and glue it down on top of your bow and let the tails hang past the cardboard's edge. You can add a third piece of ribbon to make more tails if you wish.