Hello ?! Is anyone here ?! Oh you are still here !!!! Thanks so much for stopping by when I have been out and about doing other stuff, I have been as busy as the bees on my DIY espadrills and haven’t had time to blog. All good though, lot’s of fun things going on ! And now I’m BACK !
Talking of which, I hope you’re up for a few swimsuit DIYs from next week on ?! I have 5 planned for the next couple of weeks and have started working on them already, they look fab ! Can’t wait to share.
Meanwhile, let’s get back to our DIY hair accessories. I promised three, so after last week’s Liberty headbands (glad you liked them, watch out for a giveaway !), here’s a giant bow American Apparel style clip. I always dribble when I see them there behind the counter but there is no way I will pay that price when I know I can do it myself… So I finally got round to it… And hope you do too !
To make your own American Apparel style Maxi Bow Clip, YOU WILL NEED :
– A piece of pretty fabric 40 x 15cm
– A second piece of fabric 8cm x 10cm
– A needle and thread
– A hair clip (I simply bought mine from Claire’s)
– A hot iron
Step 1 : Fold your large piece of fabric in half, right sides together. Iron.
Step 2 : Run a stitch all the way around the piece of fabric (all three open sides) LEAVING A 3CM HOLE !Step 3 : Turn the fabric the right way round, feeding it through the 3cm hole. Use your needle to pick at the corners so you have nice rectangular shape.
Step 4 : Fold the edges of the 3cm hole in and sew together with a tiny stitch. Iron all seams. Step 5 : Fold the edges of the smaller piece of fabric in. Iron flat.Step 6 : Pinch your large rectangle to form a bow shape.Step 7 : Roll the small piece of fabric around the pinched bow.Step 8 : Sew in place, but avoid you needle going through the whole bow. You don’t want any stitching to be visible from the front. Remove excess fabric on the small piece.Step 9 : Remove the centre piece of your hair clip.Step 10 : Slip your clip through the back of the bow and put the centre piece back on to keep the bow in place. If you like, you can also add a dot of glue to the clip to make sure the bow doesn’t slide around. I recommend hot glue / jewellery glue / superglue for this. And you’re done !
You can make these bows in any size and with any bits of fabric you have lyring around – although I do recommend a Winter cotton or thicker fabric so that the bow stays nice and puffed !
By the way, if you have ever seen this year’s Nike X Liberty collaboration, you might recognize this pixel style fabric… It’s used on one of their gorgeous pairs of shoes… I was so pleased I found a piece in the Liberty scrap section !
And if you were wondering what I used as a backdrop in photo number 1, check this out…
See you tomorrow (for sure !) for our final DIY hair accessory… It’s all to do with a 90’s come-back, any ideas ?! Easy 😉
Lots of love from London,