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 accessories. You will be surprised how quickly you can complete this free sewing project. DIY hair accessories are perfect for using up your favorite scrap fabrics and most can be made in under 10 minutes.
DIY Hair Accessories
Here are 10 Diy hair accessories suitable for beginners.
Style 1 – Fabric YoYo
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.
Here is a YouTube video I made for you on making these fabric yo-yo DIY hair accessories. Don’t forget to subscribe for weekly sewing and craft videos.
- First, start by making your yo-yos and covered buttons. Here are the links to the tutorials – How to make a fabric yo-yo and How to make a covered button
- 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.
- How long did that take you? Not long I bet. And what a great way to use up your scraps. Make lots to match your favorite outfits.
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 ribbon to the underside and cut the end.
Style 3 – Oversized Hair Bow
This oversized bow 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
- Print the pattern from the 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 can be glued to lined alligator clips. These pretty flowers are made with circles of fabric and are ideal for getting down your scrap bin. Top the 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 Ties
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 teh 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 1/2 inch.
- Fold it in half with right sides together and stitch the long edge.
- Turn the right way out and press.
- Thread through 9 inches of 1/4 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 – Ribbon Bows
Double ribbon bows can be attached to lined alligator clips or even headbands. Best of all they 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 1/2 inches wide.
- Cut 1 piece of ribbon 2 inches wide for the center. The ribbon should be 3/8 inch 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 – Fabric Bows
Fabric bows are great 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 9×5 inches for the bow
- Cut one rectangle 1×3 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 in place.
- More about how to make fabric bows.
STYLE 9 -More Fabric Flowers
Here is another fabric flower that you can attach to a lined alligator clip. This one has pointed petals and can be combined with the rounded petal flowers.
READ ARTICLE – Cloth Flower Making
- Cut 6 circles at 4 inches 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.
- Read more about cloth flower making.
STYLE 10 – Felt Bows (Smaller)
I’ve already shown you my oversized felt bows, well here is a smaller version you can attach to medium-sized clips. There are 3 layers so these are ideal for layering colors and textures. These can even be made from 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 in place.
- Your bow is now ready to attach to a clip or hairband.
Summary of DIY Hair Accessories
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