July 28, 2010

Hair Week - hair accessories

Today I'm going to show you how to make a few different hair accessories.  There are a lot of tutorials out there for clips and headbands, so I tried to pick some of the things we've made at Loopdeelou that are a little more uncommon.  Here are three clips you haven't seen and then I've linked some of the headbands I've already shown you how to make at the end of the post, too.

Since these are clips I made a long time ago, I'll show you how to make them using a different fabric in this tutorial than the finished product.  Alright?  Here we go.

The first is this little feathered flower pin.  It's dainty and can be easily slipped into an up-do for a nice accent.


To make the flower, take a long rectangular-shaped piece of fabric.  Fold it in half lengthwise.  (I'm going to show you how to sew this by hand, for those of you who don't have a sewing machine.)  Stitch through the fabric (on the open side) all the way down.  Then pull the thread and gather the fabric up tightly.


Pull it into a circle and stitch up the side.  Don't worry if it's not perfect.  The feather will cover it.


Glue the feather over the seam.  Take a brad (found in the scrapbook section) and put it through the center, folding the ends of it securely.


Cut a small, round piece of felt and snip a tiny hole in the middle of it.  Push your bobbypin through the hole as shown.


Glue the flower to the felt.  All done!  Tuck it into your hair and you're set.

Next up is this ruffled ribonette.  (Okay, so I don't think ribonette is a word, but doesn't it sound nice?)  This one is mounted to an alligator clip, so it can be worn as is or clipped onto a soft headband.


Hold your ribbon and gather it as shown below.  Hand stitch a few stitches right where my thumb is to hold it all together.


Glue or sew on desired embellishments.  I used a little tulle, a little lace, and a pre-done flower.  Glue a square of felt to the back and then glue the alligator clip the same way I did HERE.

Done!

Lastly, the anthro-inspired flower.


I made this flower up and it's pretty easy to do.  Get a long strip of fabric.  You can sew two random pieces of fabric together like I did above if you want a little more color and texture.  Lay the strip as shown.


Keep wrapping the fabric back and forth until it looks like this.  Sew a few stitches where my finger is pointing.  Embellish as desired.  I used some lace and a few vintage buttons.  Glue to a felt circle and add your alligator clip.


That's it.

Lastly, if you missed these hair accessory tutorials then here are some links for you.

You can find this headband tutorial HERE.


You can find both of these headband tutorials HERE.


You can find this leather flower clip tutorial HERE.


Whew!  That was a LOT of hair info we just hit in the last three days!  Tomorrow we'll be moving on over to nails.  I found some fun products and ideas I'm excited to share with you.

Thank you again for your kind comments and your excitement!  See you tomorrow.

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