Here are 10 easy DIY hair accessories to make. In our past tutorials, I have shown you how to make fabric yo-yos and how to make buttons. This week we are going to combine them to make some pretty DIY hair clips. You will be surprised how quickly you can complete this free sewing project. Handmade DIY hair accessories are perfect for using up your favorite scrap fabrics, and most can be made in under 10 minutes.
DIY Hair Accessories Tutorial
Here are 10 Diy hair accessory ideas suitable for beginners, including step by step tutorials. Click on the links to see the full tutorials. Many of these include videos as well. Making hair accessories is a quick sewing project and a great way to use up small pieces of fabric and ribbon in your craft room.
- Fabric scraps - Choose fabrics with small prints. You can also use felt, vinyl, or leather.
- Embellishments - Decorate your DIY hair accessories with buttons, lace, pearl buttons, tulle, pearl beads, feathers and crystals
- Sewing basics - Scissors, hand sewing needle, matching thread.
- Hair clips - Most of these handmade hair accessories are attached to elastics, hair pins, barrettes or hair clips.
10 Easy DIY Hair Accessories
Style 1 - Fabric YoYo Hair Clips
These DIY hair accessories use fabric yo-yos with a covered button in the center. They can be made in assorted sizes and attached to clips, elastics, or pins. And what a great way to use up your scraps. Make lots to match your favorite outfits.
DIY Hair Accessories Video Tutorial
- First, start by making your yo-yos and covered buttons.
- I have a full tutorial on how to make fabric yoyos, but in a nutshell, you cut a circle, do a running stitch around the outside, and then gently put until the center gathers. Knot it off securely.
- For buttons, you can use any type, but covered buttons are particularly nice in contrasting fabrics. They are fast and easy to make with a kit. Read how to make covered buttons. Stitch your covered button in the center of the yo-yo.
- Attach it to your clip or hairband. If you are using one of these spring clips or bobby pins, make sure you just sew it to the top of the clip. Alternatively, you can use a hot glue gun to attach your yo-yo.
Style 2 - Lined Aligator Clips
Alligator clips, when lined with ribbon, look attractive and are a simple project. If you line just the top, then the clip will still grab the hair well without sliding out. You can use a lined alligator clip as a base to glue bows and flowers for really professional-looking DIY hair accessories.
READ FULL ARTICLE - How to Line Alligator Clips (Includes Video)
- Apply glue to the end 2 inches of the underside of the ribbon. Open up the alligator clip and put the ribbon to the back of the inside hinge.
- Wrap the ribbon around to the top and glue it along the top.
- Put glue at the back of the hinge and smooth the ribbon in.
- Glue the ribbon to the underside and cut the end.
Style 3 - DIY Hair Pins with a Bow
This DIY hair accessory is made from cheap craft felt and looks great in contrasting colors. It is best attached to a hairband or larger clip and is a trendy statement piece. My free tutorial includes a printable pattern.
READ FULL ARTICLE - Felt Bow Template
- Fold the large bow so the ends meet in the middle. Stitch. Repeat with the small bow. Place the small bow on top of the large bow.
- Thread a needle and knot the end. Insert the needle to secure the knot and then wrap the thread around the center of the bow to gather it.
- Wrap the middle piece around the center and stitch the ends.
- Join your bow on to a headband or clip.
Style 4 - Fabric Flower Hair Clips
Fabric flowers make easy hair accessories and can be glued to lined alligator clips. These pretty flower accessories are made with circles of fabric and are ideal for getting down your scrap bin. Top the DIY hair clip off with a crystal or fancy button. You could also use covered buttons for the center.
READ FULL ARTICLE - DIY Fabric Flowers (Includes Video)
- Cut 6 circles of fabric. The flower will end up the same as the diameter of the circles. Fold the circles in half. Use a small running stitch to sew around the curve.
- Pull to gather and repeat for the other petals. Tie in a knot.
- Glue a button to the top and a felt circle to the bottom.
- Now you can glue the flower to a clip or headband.
Style 5 - DIY Hair Accessories Bows
This is one of my most popular hair accessory tutorials. These cute little hair bows can be tied around any elastic. The tutorial includes a printable pattern for the bow. I think they look nice with contrasting fabrics on the front and back for a pop of color. Small prints work the best.
READ FULL ARTICLE - DIY Hair Ties (Includes Video)
- Cut 2 pieces from your DIY hair ties template. Put the front and back right sides together and stitch around, leaving a 2-inch gap in the middle.
- Clip the curves and turn the tie the right way out. Press well
- Topstitch around the edge to close the gap.
- Tie the bow around a hair elastic.
Style 6 - Scrunchies
Everyone loves a scrunchie. As well as being a trendy DIY hair accessory, scrunchies protect your hair from splitting as there is no exposed elastic to snag. Scrunchies are made from a rectangle of fabric, and this tutorial will show you 2 different sizes. You can adjust the measurements to fit the thickness of your hair.
READ ARTICLE - How to Make a Scrunchie (Includes Video)
- Cut a rectangle 22 x 3.5 inches. Fold back one short end by ½ inch.
- Fold it in half with the right sides together and stitch the long edge.
- Turn the right way out and press. Thread through 9 inches of ¼-inch wide elastic using a safety pin.
- Overlap and stitch the ends of the elastic. Thread the raw edge end inside the folded end and stitch by machine through all layers. Alternatively, hand stitch for an invisible finish.
Style 7 - How to Make Hair Clips with Ribbon
Double ribbon bows can be attached to lined alligator clips or even headbands. Best of all, these DIY hair accessories are so cheap to make you'll wonder why you ever bought them. If you have a cheaper ribbon that frays, then read how to stop ribbon from fraying.
READ ARTICLE - How to Make Ribbon Bows (Includes Video)
- Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 7 inches long. The ribbon should be 1 ½ inches wide. Cut 1 piece of ribbon 2 inches wide for the center. The ribbon should be ⅜ inches wide.
- Start with the larger ribbon pieces. Overlap the ends and stitch in the middle.
- Repeat for the second piece. Use the thread and wrap it around the center of both bows to gather.
- Fold the smaller ribbon around the center and either stitch or glue the ends.
Style 8 - How to Make Hair Clips with Fabric
Fabric bows are great DIY hair accessories for sewers with lots of long scraps. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could even hand-sew the edges with a backstitch.
READ ARTICLE - How to Make Fabric Bows (Includes Video)
- Cut one rectangle 9x5 inches for the bow. Cut one rectangle 1x3 inches for the middle
- Fold the bow piece lengthwise and stitch the long side.
- Fold the ends inward and overlap. Stitch in place with a running stitch.
- Pull the stitches and wind the thread around the middle. Press the middle piece so the raw edges meet in the center. Wrap the middle around the bow and stitch it in place.
Style 9 -More Fabric Hair Accessories
Here are other fabric flower hair accessories that you can attach to a lined alligator clip. This one has pointed petals and can be combined with rounded petal flowers.
READ ARTICLE - Cloth Flower Making
- Cut 6 circles at 4 inches in diameter. Fold the circles in quarters.
- Stitch a running stitch around the curved edge. Pull the thread to gather.
- Stitch the next petal. When you have enough petals, tie the ends of the threads.
- Decorate with buttons.
Style 10 - Felt Bows (Smaller)
I've already shown you my oversized felt bows to use as DIY hair accessories. Well, here is a smaller version you can attach to medium-sized clips. This DIY hair pin has 3 layers, so these are ideal for layering colors and textures. These can even be made from felt, leather, or vinyl.
READ ARTICLE - DIY Felt Bow (Includes Video)
- Print your pattern from my DIY felt bow template. Fold the edges of the bow to the center and overlap. Stitch in place.
- Repeat for the smaller bow.
- Layer the ribbon, large bow, and small bow. Wrap the center and glue it in place.
- Your bow is now ready to attach to a clip or hairband.
Summary of DIY Hair Accessories
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