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Easy Sew Hair Accessories – hair bow tutorial

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Easy sew hair accessories you can whip up with fabric scraps – including an easy hair bow tutorial. Perfect for homemade gifts!

One of my favourite things to do since relearning how to sew and having my girls is to gift homemade gifts when celebrating birthdays. My big girl is about to turn 6 (!) so we are heading into birthday season as many of her friends have birthdays in winter. 

I have assembled a list of little easy sew hair accessories projects you can whip up relatively quickly and with off cuts and scrappy bits of material, including an easy tutorial for sewing a hair bow!

Thank you to Julia Warren for creating this tutorial for our Below The Kōwhai community.

To see more of Julias work you can follow her on Instagram at @j.elise.w or be inspired and support her local business Make It Raw for delish raw crackers!

This blog tutorial includes fabric designed by our friends at Aho Creative

1. Scrunchies

These are a go to and always seem to be loved by long haired girls. Click here for a great free scrunchie tutorial on the BTK blog!

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2. Fabric covered hair clips.

These are a recent discovery for me and I love them!! They are so easy to make and Olive has really enjoyed creating these with me for herself and friends. I bought my clips here . These cost about $1.20 each which ends up being a very affordable present.

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3. Fabric Bow Clips

These are really cute to make and are only slightly more involved than the covered clips. I bought these clips here .

Important! Make sure you buy the clips with the hole as this is needed to secure the bow with hot glue. 

You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric 12x8cm and 2x5cm
  • A clip with a hole
  • hot glue gun
  • needle, thread and some pins.

How to sew a fabric bow clip tutorial

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  1. Fold the large piece (12x8cm) in half with right sides together and sew down the long side with a 5mm (1/4″) seam allowance .
  2. Turn right sides out, shimmy the seam line into the centre (as shown) and press.
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3. Fold in half vertically, right sides together and sew across the raw edge end 5mm (1/4″). This seam, and the previous horizontal seam are now the “wrong side”.

4. Turn right side out out and move raw edge (#3) seam to the centre back.

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5. With the smaller strip of fabric (2x5cm), press long raw edges into the centre.

6. Pinch the middle of the bow together and secure with the smaller strip of material (with the raw edges on the back).

7. Hand sew the strip together at the back, or use a dot of hot glue.

8. Hot glue the bow and press it onto the clip. You want some hot glue to oooze through the hole and anchor the bow on (if you don’t have the hole then the hot glue will quite quickly ‘pop’ off the clip as it is too smooth).

TIP: Try repeating with 2 large fabric pieces to create a double layered bow!

Add a homemade card for a gift and you have one happy 5 year old!

Thanks for the hair accessory and bow tutorial Julia!

Show us your scrap busting bows in our VIP Community on Facebook or tag us on Instagram!

Love and happy sewing,
Sophie x

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