Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DIY Fabric Bow Hairpin

Hey guys! Today I'll be sharing a tutorial on how to make a cute little Fabric Bow Hairpin! I seem to really have a thing for tiny little bows I can wear in my hair lately! A little while ago, I shared a tutorial for Crocheted Bow Hairpins, but I also wanted to share a tutorial for these Fabric Bow Hairpins!

They're super cute, can be made in any fabric you like, and take ten minutes tops to put together. Let's have at it, shall we?
You'll need some super basic supplies:
- A needle
- Thread
- Scissors
- A bobby pin
- A piece of fabric cut into a 2.5"x4" rectangle
- Another piece of fabric cut into a 1"x4" (honestly 2" long would probably be plenty)rectangle.
First up, fold the long edges of the larger rectangle towards the center of the piece of the rectangle. You'll want the edges to overlap slightly, like you can see above.

Also, please note my sparkly gold nails. Please also note that I have not painted my nails in at least 6 years. This information is relevant.

Now, thread your needle, knot the ends, and whip stitch the two long edges together. You'll basically be stitching your larger rectangle into a long tube.
When you're done, you should have something that looks like this.

Ok, this stitching is real messy. Not a big deal for the project, but it does hurt my pride a little! This is why the sparkly nails are relevant. Nail polish feels weird! I felt a good 75% less dextrous than usual. That's right, ya'll. I'm blaming my messy stitching on sparkly gold nail polish. I stand by my defense!

Ok! Now take the two short ends of your tube and bring them together in the middle so they overlap slightly. Whip stitch them together! When you're done, you'll have something that looks like the above picture. It'll be like a tiny little fabric doughnut!
Next you're going to knot the end of your thread and run your needle and thread through the center of your soon-to-be-bow, being sure to catch both sides.
Once you're through, pull your thread tight, and knot the end so you've got yourself a nice little bow shape.
Ok! Now take the skinny piece of fabric and fold the long edges toward the middle. Then, fold the fabric in half hot dog style to encase the edges. You can press the fabric here, or you can be super slick and use the edge of your CLOSED scissors to press your fabric. This works. Promise. It's kind of like curling ribbon, just with the scissors closed. Are you guys picking up what I'm putting down? I hope so!
Now, Take your long skinny rectangle and wrap it around the middle of your bow, bringing the ends to the back. Once you've got the piece nice and tight, you can trim the ends down so they're easier to work with.
So, as you can see above, while you have the skinny piece of fabric held tight around the bow, put one end over the other, being sure to fold the top end under for a clean edge.
Then, stitch the ends together. Please ignore my garbage stitching. Stupid gold sparkly fingernails...

Ok, the last thing to do is to slide your bobby pin through the back of the loop you just made, and...

Voila! Adorable Fabric Bow Hairpin complete! Now just style up your hair, add your cute hairpin and you'll be cute as cute as can be!

Til next time!

-Becca
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23 comments:

  1. So, this hair bow is cute. but tell me more about this sparkly gold nail polish!! so cute!

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    1. Thanks, lady! It's some nail decals I bought months ago. I decided to put them on to match the gold in my dress when I went to that wedding over the weekend. Needless to say, I'm a nightmare at nail polish, so it's allllllll been picked off by now. I = the worst.

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  2. How cute this is. I love the end result. Maybe you could start a shop on Etsy.

    Allie of Dressing Ken.

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    1. Thanks, Allie! I would love to start an Etsy shop, but boy am I lacking the time to do it! Maybe when things slow down I'll look into it!

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  3. These are so so adorable. Nicely done! Anything bow-shaped and/or polka-dotted makes me smile. If only I had thicker hair! It's so fine that clips and pins just fall right out. I'll have to make a brooch version. :)

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    1. Thanks, Marlene! It would definitely look cute as a brooch! I hope you get to try it out soon!

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    1. (Super detailed me had to redo the comment because I spelled something wrong...)
      Haha! I totally understand the nail polish thing. I rarely paint my nails, and I always feel like I can't do anything with my hands with painted nails! But hey, if nobody is going to see the stitching once it's done, who cares what it looks like? So long as it holds! This is super cute!
      xo
      Kristina
      www.eccentricowl.com

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    2. I've been there! Isn't it the weirdest? I've already picked it all off because I so hated how my nails felt! Sure they looked awesome, but woah. Also, thanks lady!

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  5. So cute! These would make great stocking stuffers too (can you tell I'm way too excited about the holidays?)

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    1. Thanks, Juni! I agree! I'm planning on doing some handmade gift posts closer to the holidays and I'm pretttttty sure these will be making an appearance!

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  6. This is such a great idea! I have some mushroom fabric that would be superb for this! Mwhaha!

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  7. Wow, this turned out so great! It looks super cute. I'm a big fan of bows! Great idea!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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  8. That is so cute! I would have a go, but I'm terrible with needlework like that :)

    Hmm maybe...

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    1. Well, there's always your trusty glue gun! Thanks, Emma!

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  9. you make it look so easy!! i'll have to try this, because every time i stitch bows it does NOT turn out this well haha. And my hair is aaallllmost long enough to wear them, though for the time being i might glue one to a headband :)

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    1. Haha, thank you! You'll have to give it another shot! And hey, if the stitching doesn't work and you're already heating up your hot glue gun... well, you could just do it that way. It would be adorable on a headband!

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  10. wuuuut this looks so easy! once my hair grows back im going to be alll over this!

    xo marlen
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    1. Do it! You'd look adorable with some bows in your hair, lady!

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  11. I love this tutorial! I've started making some bows now, and I don't know if I'll ever stop!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you make lots and lots!

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