Tools and materials:
- Scrap material
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
Looking for a great way to use up some of that scrap fabric? These basic DIY hair accessories are the perfect solution. Check out my tutorial for some ideas for easy projects that can be done with just some scrap fabric and a few sewing notions.
Measure and mark a rectangle of fabric 55 centimeters (21.5 inches) long and 6 centimeters (2.5 inches) wide.
Make a small cut, and then rip the fabric the rest of the way.
Cut an angle on both ends of the strip of fabric.
Use a pin to pull threads from the edges of the fabric to create frayed detailing.
Roughen the edges with your fingers.
Tie it in your hair, and you’re done!
Cut a rectangle of fabric 55 centimeters (21.5 inches) long and 11.5 centimeters (4.5 inches) wide. Fold your rectangle in half.
Fold your rectangle in half lengthwise.
Measure 5 centimeters (2 inches) from the short edge.
Mark a diagonal line from the 5 centimeter (2 inch) mark to the opposite corner.
Cut along the diagonal line.
Be sure to cut through all the layers.
Measure, mark, and cut on the other end of the fabric, as well.
Unfold the fabric so you have two flat pieces laying right sides facing. Pin all the open edges together, leaving about a 4 centimeter (1.5 inch) gap unpinned along one long side.
Sew all the way around, taking care not to stitch across the 4-centimeter gap.
Leave a 4-centimeter (1.5 inch) gap
On either end, make a shallow snip in the inner corners, taking care to stay in the seam allowance, and not to cut through the stitches.
Cut an arrow shape in each outer corner to trim down the seam.
Through the gap left in the stitching, pull the fabric through until the right side is facing out and the seams are hidden inside.
Top-stitch along the gap to close it up, and iron the fabric flat.
Ready to go!
Cut your fabric into a rectangle. For reference, my rectangle was 140 centimeters (55 inches) long and 13.5 centimeters (5.5 inches) wide.
Sew a rolled hem all the way around by folding half a centimeter (a quarter-inch) down along the edge as you feed the fabric through the sewing machine.
Once you’ve sewn a half-centimeter (1/5 inch) hem all the way around, fold the edges down another half-centimeter (1/5 inch), and hem it again.
Press the hems flat.
Cut your fabric into a rectangle. For reference, mine was 48 centimeters (19 inches) long and 8 centimeters (3 inches) wide.
Cut a 25 centimeter (10 inch) piece of elastic.
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise.
Pin down the long edge, leaving a 5 centimeter (2 inch) gap about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) from the short edge on one side.
Sew down the long edge, taking care not to stitch across the gap. Keep the short edges open.
Once the long edge has been sewn down, attach a safety pin to one end of the fabric tube.
Insert the pin into the end of the fabric tube, and work the fabric over it, pulling the pin toward the opening on the other side of the tube.
When you can see the safety pin on the other side, stop pulling the pin. Don’t turn the fabric right side out yet.
Adjust the fabric at the opening of the tube so the raw edges are aligned with each other.
How to sew DIY hair accessories
Sew around the opening very carefully, lifting the presser foot and moving the fabric to make it around the tight circle while keeping it flat.
Once the ends are sewn together, pull the fabric right side out through the gap left in the stitching on the side.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, and insert it into the gap in the stitching. Hold the unpinned end of the elastic in place at the opening in the stitching, and work the fabric over the pin, through the tunnel, until you can pull it through to the other side.
Sew the ends of the elastic together.
Top-stitch across the gap to close it up.
My new favorite!
Wrap a strip of fabric around your head until it reaches three-quarters of the way around, and then cut the fabric at that point.
You can cut a regular rectangle, or create a shape that tapers at the end.
Fold the edges down half a centimeter (a quarter of an inch) and pin it down.
Then sew all the way around the fabric.
Cut a 7 centimeter (2.5 inch) piece of elastic, and zigzag stitch the raw edges.
Make a small pleat on one end.
Pin one end of the elastic onto the folded fabric, and then sew it together. Sew back and forth a few times to make sure it’s secure.
Repeat the folding, pinning, and sewing on the second side.
Pop it on your head. You’re done!
Let me know which of these hair accessories you like best.
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