Back to School: DIY Hair Accessories

Need some cute new hair accessories, for yourself or your kiddo?

I’ve listed 10+ cute free hair accessories patterns and tutorials below. Do you have a favourite that’s not listed? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve separated the list into hair accessories made using felt, fabric (woven and knits) and yarn.

10+ Hair Accessories

Felt:

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Kitty Cat Hair clip by me!

It may involve hand-sewing but it’s pretty small and goes quick! Use scraps of felt and make a whole bunch of these!

Apple tree by Handmade Cuddles

Apple Tree Brooch by Handmade Cuddles

Actually a brooch but could be adapted easily to be a hair accessory. I would add one more backing layer of felt and stitch all around the outside like in my kitty cat clip above and attach the alligator clip like I did for the kitty cat.

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Felt Hair flower from Fiskars

Super simple and quick! Just a few layers of felt; use different colours of felt to make a rainbow of hair flowers!

Fabric:

Double-Sided Fabric Headband

Double-sided Fabric headband by Happy Together by Jess

These would be great to use up scraps of your favourite fabrics. Pictured is the adult size but there is also a kid-sized headband available.

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Knotted headband with T-shirt yarn by Sugar Bee Crafts

Great way to use up some long thin scraps of knit fabric! Another super quick headband.

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Knotted headband pattern by Sugar Bee Crafts

Another cute fabric headband, this one has a cute tie front and elastic in the back to help keep it in place.

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5 headband styles by 421 Myers Designs. You need to join their Facebook group in order to download the pattern free.

Polka Dot Chair headband

DIY fabric headband by Polka Dot Chair

This one uses a ready-made skinny headband. Showcase your favourite fabrics in another quick headband tutorial.

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Satin Flower headband tutorial by me!

Step by step tutorial on how to create these large satin flowers. They’re not difficult and they’re oh so pretty! Make sure the fabric you use isn’t cotton though, you need a satin or chiffon, something that is not a natural fibre.

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Braided headband by P.S. I Made This

It uses strips of leather, rope and ball chain to make a cute braided headband. Super quick!

Yarn:

criss cross free pattern crochet headband

And for my yarn friends, the Criss-Cross cuff and headband crochet pattern by Little Birdie Secrets. I almost hesitate to post this one as it’s obviously best to wear in the Winter and it’s still Summer now. ..but as they say “winter is coming” so might as well be prepared.

BONUS:

Check out the 4 different free headband patterns that Stephanie of Swoodson Says tested out here.

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Tutorial: ‘Quick’ Fabric Bunting Tip

I’m back with a ‘quick’ fabric bunting tip. I originally shared this tip on Patchwork Posse but I brought it home to the blog today. In the tutorial I posted earlier this week, I make the bunting two layers that are sewn together and then turned right sides out. Today I’ll show you an alternative method which is much quicker!

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Extra Materials needed:

  • Pinking shears or a rotary cutter with a pinking blade.

Instructions:

Follow the instructions in the original tutorial up to Step 2 but use a 3/8″ seam allowance instead of 1/4″.

Now, instead of placing two triangles right sides together, place them wrong sides together and sew.

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Once your triangles are sewn together, pink the edges using your shears or rotary cutter. Then continue on with Step 5 in the tutorial to attach your bunting flags to the bias tape.

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I hope you have fun making your bunting. If you make a bunting from the tutorial please share a picture/link, I’d love to see it!

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Tutorial: Fabric Bunting

I first shared a fabric bunting tutorial on Mabey She Made It and a second version on Patchwork Posse. I’ve updated the tutorial, added new pictures and am finally bringing the post ‘home’. Enjoy!

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**Please note that I completely missed the fact that there is an error in the two other versions. Step 3 should say to sew right sides together not wrong. I can’t believe I completely missed that for so long.**

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For this bunting I used store-bought bias tape but you could make your own if you prefer. At the end of this post is an example of a bunting that I’ve made using handmade bias tape.

There are many ways to make bunting, this a double-sided sewn version with hidden seams.

Finished Size:

My bunting is 6′ long, with 9 flags/triangles each measuring approx 5.5″ in length.

Materials List:

Rotary cutter
Mat
pencil
cardstock
fabric for flags
1 package bias tape

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Fabric Bunting Instructions:

1. Decide what size you want your triangles to be, for this bunting I made each side of the triangle measure 6″ long with a 1/4″ seam allowance included, so my finished triangles are about 5.5″ long. Draw your triangle onto cardstock and cut out. (Or you could also cut out onto freezer paper).

2. Using your cardstock triangle trace out onto your fabric. You will need two triangles to make one finished flag. So for mine I cut out 18 pieces.

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3. Right sides together sew two triangles along the two side edges. Clip the corner and trim close to the point. Repeat with the rest of the triangles.

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4. Turn right sides out and press. Optional: Topstitch along the two sewn edges. If topstitching, press again. Repeat for all triangles.

5. Open up the bias tape. Fold the short ends of the bias tape in by 1/4″ and press. Stitch in place.

6. Decide on the layout you like. Leave 1″ gap between each triangle. Baste the triangles to one edge of the bias tape in the order you like.

7. Fold the bias tape over and sew along the entire folded over edge.

Give your bunting one final press and voila! You are done

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Guest Posting at Wally and Grace

Upcycled Heart Coaster tutorial by Lulu & Celeste for Wally and Grace

Hi! I’m guest posting over at Wally and Grace today. We’re actually doing a guest post swap! She created a cute garden flag tutorial which you can see a peek of below. For my tutorial, I created a fairly simple coaster using, what else, felt! I ♥ felt. Head on over to check out the tutorial and sew yourself (or a loved one) a pretty coaster just in time for Valentine’s Day! I promise it doesn’t take long at all!

Here’s a little peek at the tutorial Amy (of Wally and Grace) created. Click on the image to go to the full post!Flag in garden feature

 

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Guest Post: Sew a Garden Flag by Wally and Grace

Amy of Wally and Grace is back with a tutorial to make a cute garden flag! Check out the interview with her to learn more about her and all her sewing inspirations. Read on to learn how to create your very own garden flag!

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I don’t know about you, but I love to see a little bit of color in the garden this time of year. It’s quick and easy to sew up one of these garden flags and there are endless ways to decorate it.

Garden flag tutorial by Wally and Grace for Lulu & Celeste

Here’s how I made one: Continue reading “Guest Post: Sew a Garden Flag by Wally and Grace”