Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Big bow hair bands

Obviously I have got heaps of things on the go, half started and half finished but i needed something for a 4yr old's birthday present and made these as a quick extra. I'm not normally a 'how to' kind of blogger as this is more my own visual diary but maybe its only fair to share some ideas with instructions once in a while. These are a great thing to make for birthday presents and can be relatively cheap as well as not too time consuming. The best thing is that you can use any type of fabric scraps you may have left over from other projects or you can make one to match a dress you are already sewing e.t.c. I last made one of these for my daughters 2nd birthday party using fabric printed by illustrator Rosie MacCurrach. It was made to match her party dress in the same fabrics.

Having organised all my fabrics after last Christmas it makes finding my materials a lot less stressful than it used to be. Thank heavens for the Ladderax, (though i still have mixed up jumble of a scrap bucket too!)

I went for pink and yellow (the print here, is again by illustrator Rosie MacCurrach), and got matching hair bands, some fabric scraps and wadding. Any weight will do, it depends on how much of a statement you are going for.

Cutting rectangles, 2 in fabric and one in wadding for each bow. I did a triple bow on each hair band, one bow will suffice but i wanted something a little more fancy.

I overlock the pieces together as its easier than doing a 5mm seam in delicate fabrics and trimming back is a waste of fabric. The two fabrics go together then the wadding on the bottom, be careful not to sandwich the wadding between the fabrics as this will not work for this method.

Then carefully cut a slit down the centre, trying to only cut the top layer of fabric. Don't cut too much. 2-3cm is plenty. Next you 'bag it out' which is basically pushing all the fabric through the hole, so that the seams are turned inside. I tend to press the seams at this point with a low heat and only very lightly, just to define the edges a bit more.

Next i tend to do a zig zag stitch down the centre, mostly to keep the layers together but also to close up the little slit I made. Don't want it popping open or fraying . Here i have layered all the bows and stitched them together, making them fully secure. I then play with the folds, concertina-ing them up to make a nice bow shape.

Having gathered the bow, i stitch it securely and attach a little strip of fabric wrapped wadding to create the knot effect. Here i hot glued the bow to the hair band as i know how rough my daughter is and wanted to make sure it wouldn't fall off, but you can equally just stitch it. Then i wrapped the strip over the top of the bow and secured it underneath the hair band as neatly as i could, cutting off the excess. Sorry these last two stages are not shown fully. I'm not used to documenting 'how to's' yet.

Here are the finished bows. Make them as big or small as you like. More or less stuffed and as many or few as you like......and you've not even touched the surface head band possibilities! Have fun experimenting.....but if you're not a maker and would rather purchase something fabulous, check out this website... Le tour de force is an amazing label set up by an old college friend. She makes both adults and children's head pieces. Check out Little Fashion Gallery for her kids pieces which are stunning.
Right, back to the general home improvements, children's bedroom curtains and the hallway coat pegs which have been on the agenda for an age now. Must all be done by Christmas, no excuses.

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