Fold each square into quarters so you have a smaller square and round the edges with scissors.
If you have a serger, a rolled lettuce edge makes a cute curly effect, so you can roll-hem the edges and turn up your differential or stretch while you sew. You can also leave the edges raw - they won't fray.
You can also roll-hem the strip along one long edge or leave it raw.
The finished headbands with rolled hem (bottom, green flower on blue band) and without (top, blue flower on green band) look like this, so you can decide if you want to roll hems or not.
Sew long, loose gathering stitches down the center of each square and down one long edge of the strip. Gather the squares down as tight as they'll go. Gather the strip to about half its original length.
With matching thread, stitch across the gathered squares to hold the gathers in place and remove the gathering stitches.
Roll up the gathered strip with the right side of the fabric on the inside - don't worry if you have an all-white wrong side like I do, it will look right from the top side when you open it up a little with your fingers.
Now you need to do a little handsewing. Stitch all the way through the bottom of the rolled strip to hold it together. Then criss-cross the two 'petal' pieces and stitch the roll to the center of the petals, also sewing the petals together. Finally, stitch this flower to the headband, covering up the seam.
Riley Blake Designs
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