Saturday, 22 September 2012

Hair Accessories Tutorial...

Today, I'll show you how I quickly made a hair bow and hair elastics to wear with the pintucked skirt I made for the Fab Folds Challenge


How to make Hair Elastics:

First up, I thought I'd make some hair elastics using fabric covered buttons. I used a button covering kit made by Birch (an Australian brand). This kit includes a great little gadget which makes the process very easy. 

Follow the manufacturer's instructions to make your fabric buttons. Once the buttons are made, it is simply a matter of threading an elastic through the shank of the button and securing.

If the shank of the button is too small to push the elastic through, thread a needle through the shank and pull the elastic through. You may need to use a few strands of cotton so it doesn't break. Leave a small loop.


Push the large loop through the small loop.


Pull tight.


It couldn't be easier!!! The hardest part of the process is getting the pattern on the fabric in the centre of the button.


How to make a Hair Bow:

Next up, I made a bow the same as on the skirt.
  • Cut a piece of fabric 5" x 5".
  • Fold in half wrong sides together.
  • Sew two sides.
  • Turn to the right side.
  • Fold in the ends and stitch close to the edge on all four sides.
  • Fold in half and make a crease.
  • Set your machine to the longest straight stitch (machine basting stitch)
  • Do NOT backstitch.
  • Sew a row of stitching along the crease.


  • Knot one end of the threads.
  • Pull the top thread at the other end to gather.
  • Tie the threads at the back to pull the centre of the bow in.
  • Set your machine back to the normal length stitch.
  • Sew a line or two of stitching over the gathers, backstitching at each end.
  • Make another fabric button and attach securely to the front of the bow.


  • Securely attach the hair elastic to the back of the bow, by hand stitching.


  • Attach a scrap of fabric to cover the hair elastic and hand sew in place.
  • This doesn't have to be neat, as it will not be seen. Mine certainly isn't neatly sewn... LOL!!!

Your hair bow is finished!!! Now all you need to do is decide what hair style to do to best show off your new creations.

NB: These hair accessories contain small parts and are not suitable for babies or young children.

I'm adding this hair bow and hair elastics to our ongoing Hair Accessories Link Party.

... Pam




9 comments:

  1. Beautiful, your explanation is really easy to understand, I love it. Marisa.

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  2. I pinned this for future reference....I love the idea of making matching hair accessories for outfits!

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  3. Cute! I've made a lot of those button hair ties for Hannah. I'll have to try the bow :)

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  4. Very cute, I love them both! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  5. That is so very cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from A Creative Princess. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-16.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  6. Love the fabric you used! I'll have to link up the hair accessories I've made recently. :)

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  7. Adorable and great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, and now I realize there is no excuse for not crafting with covered buttons!

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