Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hair Accessories Tutorial

As of last night, I have made 24 headbands (out of the 50 needed) and over 150 coordinating fabric bows/flowers  Phew!  It's been fun though.  And, as promised, here are the tutorials for making your own lovely hair pieces.  Perhaps you can consider making a few of your own to donate to girls in need.  

Supplies needed:
Colored nylons
1" wide ribbon (color to match the nylons)
Fat quarters
Plain metal alligator clips
Hot glue gun

The band

1. Cut one leg of the pair of nylons and then cut down at the toe so you basically have a "sleeve".
2. Measure 18" and trim off any excess fabric.

3. Bring the two ends together and tuck one end inside the other.  Make sure it measures 8.5" to make a standard child's size headband.

4. Thread a running stitch to join the two ends together.

5. Pull the thread tightly so the fabric bunches up where you placed your stitch.  

6. Wind the thread around the bunch several times and then finish with a couple of finishing knots in the back.

7. Cut a three inch piece of ribbon and use a hot glue gun to secure it around the fabric bunch.  Make sure it is tight, but just loose enough to slip an alligator clip underneath.


The accessories

1. Follow the diagram below to cut your fat quarter (I used a coaster to trace the circle).

The Bows

1. Take the 6" square piece of fabric and fold two sides into the middle.

2. Now fold one end up and tuck the other end inside.

3. Flip the fabric over and thread a running stitch down the middle of the piece.

4. Just like you did with the band, pull the thread tightly and wrap around a couple of times.  Finish with a couple of knots in the back.

5. To finish the bow, hot glue a small fabric scrap around the middle.

The Flowers

1. Use the 4.5" circle.  Thread a running stitch along the perimeter of the circle.

2. Pull the thread tightly so it gathers the fabric in the center.

3. Secure the flower with a couple of stitches through the middle.
4. Finish by threading a button to the top.

**It is worth noting that I have a lot of trouble keeping the flower looking very center.  But generally they turn out just lovely, especially with the button to hide any imperfections.

The Rosettes 

1. Use the 1.5" fabric strip.  Pinch one end together and tie a knot.

2. Wrap the little tail around the knot and then start wrapping the rest of the strip around.  Wrap and twist at the same time.

3. Cut a small fabric circle about the size of a quarter.  Flip the rosette over and hot glue the circle onto the back.

4. Secure any loose edges with hot glue and trim away any "sticky-out" parts.

To finish the accessories, just hot glue an alligator clip to the back of each piece.  Then you can use them interchangeably with your headband!  Nifty, isn't it? 

I wanted to add my reasoning behind these nylon headbands.  Since the girls who will be receiving these bands have terminal illnesses, I wanted to be considerate of the fact that they might have no hair due to chemo, bruise easily due to medication or treatments, or very sensitive skin due to their specific condition.  I thought the soft nylon bands would be the most comfortable option, and allowing the removable accessories would add some fun and variety.

Thank you so much for your interest in joining Little Ladybug Shoppe's mission to bless terminally ill children.  I hope we can be a ray of sunshine to them all.  


  1. Love it! I know so many girls will be so blessed by these! I pinned this so that more people could use it!

  2. Thank you for sharing the tutorials, your love, passion, grief and faith.
    You are a blessing!

  3. The girls will be greatly blessed by these Sarah, they are beautiful!

    1. Thank you Larissa ... I hope the girls like them!

  4. THose are super sweet and look fun to make!

  5. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing. I have linked to this tutorial on my blog -