These barrettes are so much fun! They are made with wrapped embroidery thread, a couple fabric scraps and goody metallic barrettes. Everytime I pick up a goody barrette, it takes me back to when I was nine, making piles upon piles of ribbon woven barrettes. The ones where you wove the 1/8" ribbon through the barrette and ended with the tails hanging off the ends, to which I added beads - so cool! Does anyone else remember those?
The kids and I originally made these flowers as part of a bouquet for my mother-in-law for her 70th birthday. I miniaturized them here and attached them to an embroidery wrapped barrette. They take a little bit longer than some of the other projects in this series, but I think they're worth it.
As with the button hairbands, there are endless combinations of colors and prints you could do. You could wrap them with ribbon if you wanted to make it super fast, but I love the thread. Or, you could make some smaller blossoms and glue them the length of the barrette.
Also, don't forget to check out the other jewelry and hair accessory designs in this series. Lots of ideas for gifts or fun projects to keep you busy over the holidays.
2 metallic barrettes
2 strip of fabric 6.5" x 1.25"
Time: 30 minutes
Cut two 6.5 x 1.25" strips of fabric.
Begin by pinching the fabric together such that the edges are facing out. This will be true throughout making the entire flower.
Pinch and rotate the fabric in a circle. You want the rose tightly spiraled.
Continue to turn your blossom, pinching and folding the fabric tail such that the right side of the fabric continues to face up and out.
Sometimes it helps to twist the extra fabric towards you as you go. Below, my next step would be to twist that strip of fabric toward me as I rotated the blossom to the right. You'll get it once you start doing it.
When you get to the end, you want to glue the tail of the fabric back to itself.
Glue the extra fold of fabric too, so you don't have any folds hanging out.
Hold closed until the glue sets a bit (a few minutes).
Repeat the process for the second rose.