Adding a pretty hair accessory is a super easy way to dress up just about any hairstyle. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a cute fabric flower that can be affixed to a barrette, headband, clip, or hair elastic. They are really quick to sew and glue together so it's a perfect last minute craft for back to school. You can even attach one to a pin backing for an adorable way to embellish a cardigan, jacket, hat, or kid's backpack.
In this tutorial, I show you how to make the flower and attach it to a hair elastic. The technique is similar for a barrette, clip, or pin, but I recommend sewing them onto the felt backing. Then you can use hot glue or a needle and thread to attach the felt (with barrette or clip attached) to the back of the flower. Check out this hair bow how-to to see examples of good barrettes and clips to use.
Simple Fabric Flower Hair Accessory
For this craft, you will need:
fabric (scraps or a fat quarter will do)
iron & ironing board
thread in a coordinating color
small bits of fleece or felt
hot glue gun
1. Fold your fabric to make 5-8 layers of fabric (depending on how many petals you prefer) and use something round to trace a circle on the top layer. A pint glass works well - use the wide end for a larger flower or the small end for a smaller flower.
2. Cut out the circles using fabric shears.
3. Now you'll need to fold each circle in half and iron, then fold and iron again to create quarter-rounds.
4. Thread your needle with coordinating thread and knot it, leaving a long tail.
5. Create a running stitch along the unfinished edge of your first petal and pull to tighten into a petal shape.
6. Continue with the second petal, sewing it on to the same thread.
7. Keep going until you have added all your petals. I like a nice, full flower and I have plenty of this pink fabric so I added 8 petals total.
8. Push all the petals together and then tie the two ends of the thread together as tightly as possible. Trim off the excess thread.
9. For the center, cut a small star shape out of a piece of felt or fleece. You can eyeball this, or draw a star on a piece of paper as I have done to create a little template.
10. For the back of the flower, cut a small circle out of a scrap of felt or fleece. I used a quarter as my guide.
11. Gather up all your pieces and heat up a hot glue gun.
12. Use hot glue to attach the backing to your hair elastic.
13. Then glue the fleece, with the attached hair tie, to the back of the flower.
14. Flip it over and glue the star to the center. And you're done!