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How to Make a Pompom - DIY Pompom Beret Kit

Pompom making is a fun and easy activity for a cozy weekend and pompoms are our favorite way to trim a jaunty beret!

If you have a Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Gift Kit, here are the step-by-step instructions for making your pompom.

You will need your pompom making kit and your own tape and a pair of scissors - a long, sharp pair is best.

Cut along the outside of the two pompom template circles.
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Place the circles on top of each other. 
Make a cut from the outside edge straight towards the center circle. 
Cut out the center circle.
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Place a piece of tape on the cut to join up the donut. 
Place the two donuts on top of each other, lining up the taped cuts.
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Prepare your yarn: 
*First cut off a 12 inch piece of yarn and set it aside. Do not wrap this piece. It will be used for tying up the pompom at the end. 

The rest of the yarn is for wrapping and it is easier to work with if it's cut into 2-3 yard lengths. You can then fold these into 3 so you're essentially working with several strands at once (this is faster than working with a single strand at a time).

Place the bottom of your first piece of wrapping yarn on the inside edge of your donut, holding in place with your thumb. 
Wrap the yarn around your donut, wrapping over the starting place of the yarn to lock it in place.  
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Keep wrapping around and around until you can hardly fit any more yarn through the center circle. 
Each time you start a new piece of wrapping yarn make sure it is wrapped on top of itself to hold it in place, like we did at the beginning. 
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose AtelierGently make a gap on the outside edge of your wrapped donut to expose the two cardboard pieces. 
Place the tip of your scissors BETWEEN the two cardboard donuts and cut the yarn the whole way around the edge. 
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Get the 12 inch piece of yarn you set aside at the beginning. 
Gently separate the two cardboard donuts and place the 12 inch piece of yarn between the two pieces of card. 
Wrap the piece of yarn a couple of times around the middle of your pompom, pulling fairly tight - but be careful not to break it!
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Tie a couple of knots to secure. 
Find the taped up cuts in the donuts and gently remove the tape. 
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Gently pull apart the donuts and remove them from the middle of your pompom. 
You now have a pomom with a long string. Well done!
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Your pompom probably looks quite shaggy so give it a little trim - be careful not to cut the long yarn strings, we're going to use them to attach the pompom to the beret. 
Thread your needle with one of the long yarn strings. 
It helps to first twist the yarn really tight and then bend it into a little loop between your thumb and pointer finger. 
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose AtelierDIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Sew this first yarn string though the middle of the beret. 
Repeat with the other yarn string. 
Turn your beret over and tie the two yarn strings together.
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Trim the two yarn strings (not too short) and voila! your pompom beret is finished and ready to wear. 
DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Pompom Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

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How to Cover a Headband - DIY Plaid Headband Kit

At Genevieve Rose Atelier we love a classic headband, and we love being able to personalize a headband with interesting and beautiful fabric. Here you'll find a step-by-step guide for your Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Plaid Headband Kit. If you get bug for covering headbands like us, this method works for covering most headbands in just about any fabric!

If you have a DIY Kit
The fabric and lining cutting is already cut out for you. Your instructions begin further down. You will need your DIY Kit and a mug or something to stand the headband up on later. 

If you don't have a Kit you will need: 
12 inch square fabric, 3 x 15 inch piece microsuede, plastic headband, paper and pen, glue, 6 small binder clips, beads to decorate, a mug or something to stand the headband up on.  

Non-DIY Kit instructions begin here
Trace around the plastic headband on the paper to make a template. 

Place the template on your fabric at a 45 degree angle from the straight sides (for the fabric fans out there, we're placing the template on the bias of the fabric which will help the fabric stretch into a nice smooth covering on the headband).
Trace around the template and then draw another line adding a half inch 'seam allowance' width all around the template. Taper this width down to quarter of an inch at each end of the template.

Mark the center of the template on the fabric. Mark the center on the underside of the headband.

Cut out the fabric on the outer line (template + 'seam allowance' or half/quarter inch)
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose AtelierDIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

DIY Kit instructions begin here!

Place the headband on the fabric matching up the headband with both the outline on the fabric and the center markings.

Without glue, fold under one side of the fabric at the center and secure with a binder clip. This will stop the unglued side moving too much while we work on the other side.

How to Cover a Headband in Fabric - Genevieve Rose Atelier

Squeeze a thin line of glue along the other long edge of the headband. It's easier to glue one side at a time. 

Fold the extra fabric under at the center and add a binder clip to hold it in place. 

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Fold under one end of the fabric and add a binder clip to hold in place.

Be careful you don't pull the fabric too much or you won't have enough when you do the other side. Continue to use the headband outline on the fabric as a guide.

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Gently fold under and smooth out the fabric between the center and end clips. Again don't pull too hard! Add a binder clip in the middle of this section.

 


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You should end up with one side folded neatly under and held in place with 5 binder clips.You should have an even amount of fabric left over on the un-glued side, and ideally your headband outline will still be visible on the underside of the unglued side. 
You might need to periodically pat down the glued fabric until it dries. 
It works best if you now leave this side to dry before glueing on the other side. 

Repeat the glue and binder clip process on the second side. 
Leave to dry.
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
To neatly cover the ends of your headband, squeeze some glue into the little fabric pock at the end, and also on the underside tip of the headband. 
Fold the fabric flap to the underside of the headband pulling gently to smooth and tighten and add a binder clip to hold in place.
Repeat with the other end. 
Leave to dry.
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To add the lining
If you do not have a kit, trace your template on the back of the microsuede lining. Do not add any extra width, instead cut out your template a tiny bit smaller than the traced outline. 
Mark the center on the underside of the lining.

Place your microsuede lining on the underside of the headband matching up the center markings. 
Place a binder clip on either side at the center to hold the lining in place.
Peel back and hold one half of the lining. 
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Cover the underside of the headband in a thin amount of glue, from the center to the end, extending almost to the side edges. 
Slowly and carefully lower the lining onto the glue, starting from the center and smoothing flat against the headband as you go.
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Repeat with the other side remembering to move the binder clips to add glue under them.
Give one more gentle smooth the the whole lining and leave to dry. 
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose AtelierDIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
Congratulations! You now have a covered headband. 
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose AtelierDIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
If you would like to add beads to your headband, first lean it on a mug or something similar to keep it still and horizontal as you work.
To prevent the beads from sliding around before the glue is dry, add them to just the top horizontal section, allow to dry and then rotate the headband and add to the next section. 
DIY Plaid Headband Kit by Genevieve Rose AtelierHow to Cover a Headband in Fabric - Genevieve Rose AtelierHow to Cover a Headband in Fabric - Genevieve Rose Atelier

If you enjoyed this headband project check out our other DIY beret and headband kits, and don't forget to share your headband style @genevieveroseatelier

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How to Embroider a Beret - DIY Beret Embroidery Kit

 Embroidery is fun and easy way to personalize your accessories. If you have a Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Embroidered Beret Gift Kit here are some ideas for how to beautify your beret. But don't let these idea limit you - use your imagination and the ingredients in the kit to create something truly unique!

You will need your DIY Embroidered beret kit and your own pair of scissors. 

If you don't have a kit you can easily buy yourself some embroidery floss (the insiders' name for embroidery thread), a needle (we like a chenille needle) and gather up some scissors and embroidery ideas. 

Hot tip - the embroidery you're about to see can be done on a felt fedora or beanie you might already have and want to jazz up.

How to use one of the templates

The DIY kit comes with a number of templates you can use for your embroidery. First cut out the template you would like to use. Here we're using the maple leaf.DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Pin the template onto the beret. Thread your needle and tie a know in the end of your thread.
Stitch around the template with one color. We made out stitches as long as each little pointy side of the leaf. Tie a knot at the end of the last stitch. 
Remove the template. 
If you like, use a contrasting color to stitch around the inside of the first line of embroidery. 
DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
We wanted to do overlapping maples leaves so we took the same template and place it half way off the first embroidered maple leaf. 
Stitch around this half leaf in a contrasting color. 
DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Repeat another half leaf on the other side. 
Et voila! You have a lovely bouquet of maples leaves. 
DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

How to embroider a snowflake

Use the illustrations in your instruction booklet as a guide. 
Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
It's easiest if you first make the 6 long points. There's no need to cut and knot the thread after each point, just keep sewing and all the funny cross-over threads will be hidden on the underside of the beret. 
DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Next, go up and down each long point adding the little points (again don't cut and knot the thread, just keep sewing).
Try experimenting with different sizes of snowflake, or try using one color for the long points and a different color for the little points. 
DIY Embroidered Beret Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

If you enjoyed this embroidery project check out our other DIY headband and beret kits. And don't forget to share your beret style @genevieveroseatelier

 

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How to Decorate a Headband

A beaded headband is the easiest and most satisfying way to add a does of sparkle to you holiday look. Here are some tips and ticks for your Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Beaded Headband Kit. 

If you don't have a DIY kit you can easily buy colored headbands and beads online (we love Etsy for supporting our fellow independent makers). 

We suggest grabbing your favorite holiday mug to help hold your headband level while the glue dries. 

First take a moment to arrange the stones on the table in front of you in a pattern that you like. This helps ensure you space the beads over the whole headband. We like a symmetrical pattern but we encourage you to go for an arrangement that you love!

DIY Beaded Headband Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Beaded Headband Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Lean the headband on the mug to support it, keeping it as level as possible. We're going to glue the beads onto just the top level section first. By glueing onto only the level section we're stopping the beads from sliding around before the glue dries. Leave the glue to dry before moving on to the next section. 

Next, rotate the headband so one of the sides is facing up, keeping it as level as possible. Glue the beads on this section and allow to dry. 

Lastly, rotate the headband to the other side and glue the beads on there. Allow to dry before you remove the headband from the mug. 
DIY Beaded Headband Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Beaded Headband Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

If you enjoyed this kit why not try one of our other DIY beret or headband kits?

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DIY Applique Beret Kit

We love felt! We can't think of anything better than adding a little felt applique to a felt hat or wooly beret. If you have a Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Beret Kit here are some ideas to get your started with your beret personalization. 

You will need your DIY kit, pen and paper and scissors. 

If you don't have a DIY kit you can easily buy squares of crafting felt online or at a craft store. These applique ideas can also be added to any felt fedora or wooly beret you might want to spruce up. 

Felt Polka Dot Beret

For this applique idea we have used only 2 colors of felt. 
Take a quarter coin or similar size circle, place on the felt and trace around with a pen.
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Cut out each little felt circle. 
One at a time, place each circle on the beret (be sure the pen marks are facing the beret so they can't be seen).
Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Sew on each felt dot with a large cross. Instead of trying to hide the stitching we like making a feature of the thread by using a contrasting color and large cross shape. 

If you feel more comfortable you can pin each dot in place on the beret before sewing it down. 

There's no need to cut and knot the thread after sewing each dot, just continue sewing the next one. The big lines of thread will be hidden on the underside of the beret. But do knot and cut the thread after sewing on the last dot.
Of course, if you prefer, you can knot and cut the thread after sewing on each dot. 

(The dots can be glued onto the beret but they will stay attached much, much better if they are sewn on). 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

 Applique Felt Initials

We wanted to make our initials the full height of the felt squares so we first traced the felt on a piece of paper (to make sure the letters fit).
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Draw your initials as tall and wide as you like on the paper and cut them out.
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Place the letters UPSIDE DOWN on the felt - this ensures the pen marks we're about to make won't be visible on the letters. 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Trace around the letters and cut them out. 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
To cut out the center bits of letters like A, R, B, D etc fold the letter in half, make a little snip in the center bit and then cut out and remove the center portion. 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Turn your letters the right side up (notice the pen marks are now on the bottom where they can't be seen).
Pin the letters to the beret.
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. 
Sew the letter onto the beret. Instead of hiding the stitching we like to make a feature of it by using a contrasting thread color and using big visible stitches. 

If you feel more comfortable pin one letter at a time, using several pins on the same letter.  
(The letters can be glued onto the beret but they will stay attached much, much better if they are sewn on). 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

Art Deco Inspired Geometric Panel

Release your inner designer with this free-form style.
We invented a panel of geometric shapes in contrasting felt colors. 

Cut out and arrange your pattern before glueing or sewing anything. 
It helps to take a photo of your design before glueing or sewing in case you forget how you wanted it to look (we have learned this the hard way!)
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier 
Cut the tip off your glue. Glue each piece onto the base panel, one at a time. 
When you have finished glueing leave the whole panel to dry. 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
When dry, pin the panel onto the beret. 
Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. 
Sew around the whole panel, tying a knot in the thread at the end. 
Instead of trying to hide the stitching we like to use a contrasting thread color and big stitches to make a feature of the sewing. 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier
Pin and sew any remaining shapes onto the beret. These two little bronze triangles were not glued onto the main panel so we sewed them on separately. 

(The panel can be glued onto the beret but it will stay attached much better if sewn on). 
DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier DIY Applique Felt Beret Gift Kit by Genevieve Rose Atelier

If you enjoyed this applique felt project try one of our other DIY beret or headband kits, and don't forget to share your beret style @genevieveroseatelier

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