Feathered Hair Bows

March 5, 2012 by  
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Well after making my Elmo Tutu Wreath I decided to make a cute little dress to match, and what dress is complete without a cute feathered hair bow?  So I uses the left over feathers from my wreath to make a great hair clip with an alligator clip.  Here is what I ended up with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course I didn’t think about making a tutorial out of this great feathered hair bow until after I finished making it, so what I decided to do was make another one.  Your little one can never have too many bows, right?! :)   So lets get started.

Here are the things that I used in making this alligator clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start with I took my Nagorie Feather pad and flipped it over.  Starting from the bottom tip I began removing the fabric from the feathers.  Now at this point I am only concerned with taking the fabric off the back, leaving the glue attached to the feathers.  Once I have the fabric removed, I then moved on to taking the glue off of the feathers.  This is probably the most time consuming part of this project, but taking your time is well worth it.  If you carefully work with your feathers you will be able to get the glue off with out tearing up your feathers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I have all of my feathers apart I picked out 3 of my best looking ones.  They actually all looked really great once I pulled them apart, I just pick 3 that sat well together.  So I took my three feathers and placed them together in a fan.  Then one at a time I started gluing them together.  I put a thin line of glue a bout 1/4 of the way down the spine of the feather and glued my feathers together.  Once all my feathers were glued together I got my Sequin bow and glued it on to my feathers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see my feathers hang a bit past my bow.  This is the reason that I glued quite a bit of the bottom of the feather.  I am going to cut off the bottom of the feather so it looks as though the feathers and the bow are one whole piece.  However, you have got to be very careful when doing this.  You don’t want your feather to start coming apart.  So what I did was first decide how I wanted it to sit on my clip.  I don’t want to second guess placement once I have the glue on it.  Once I know where on the clip it is going to go I cut the bottom of the feathers off.  Then right where I cute the feathers I add a line of glue.  This will keep your feather from coming apart, then I place it on to my clip.  Then I check it over and glue down any parts that are coming up away from the clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have it glued in place you will have a beautiful Feathered Hair Bow for that special girl in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to tie ribbon bows

May 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured, Scrapbooking Ideas

Having trouble tying that perfect bow?  We have all seen them, the cards and scrapbooking  layouts with a beautiful bow, that lays perfectly.  We all want to know, “how do they get it to look so perfect?”  Well stick around, by the end of this tutorial you will know how to tie ribbon bows that look beautiful!

How to tie ribbon bows

So to get started you are going to need your ribbon and project that your bow will be going on.  In this tutorial I am going to show you how to tie a bow on a card.

First I start with my card laying in front of me.  I measure out a piece of ribbon that will go all the way around the card and make a bow, I give a little extra ribbon for room to play.  Now you are going to start tying like you would any other bow.

Before you start making your loops you are going to turn your card one turn to the left so that your is now horizontal.  See picture below.

It may seem odd but at this point we are going to be tying our bow opposite of the way it is going to be laying once it’s finished.  When I tie my bows, I start with my left side.  Making the loop with the ribbon to my left and using the ribbon the my right to finish off the bow.

Once you finish tying your ribbon it’s going to be laying the wrong way, but don’t worry it will be laying perfect in just a few minute.

Now that you have tied your bow and it looks like this.

You are going to turn your card so it is facing you again.  Once your card is turned toward you it’s time to get it laying straight.  What I do is I hold the middle knot and I take the end of the ribbon on my left side that is going upwards and I pull it down towards me.  Then I do the same with the other side.  One thing to remember when you are pulling the ends of the ribbon you want to mainly pull the top part of the ribbon down towards you.  This is going to make them stay pointing down and help keep your bow laying nice and straight.

Once you have finished adjusting your bow it should be laying perfectly on your project.  I hope that you have found this tutorial on how to tie ribbon bows helpful, for more detailed instructions check out our video.

How to make headbands

February 20, 2011 by  
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Girls headbands are a popular, trendy accessory and with this tutorial I will show you how to make headbands.  I make all sorts of headbands for girls, newborn though adult.  In this simple step by step tutorial, I will show you how to make headbands for girls ages toddler through adult.

check out all of my custom headbands from MySunshineShoppe.  I carry everything from elastic stretch headbands for infants to metal headbands for older girls – check them out and let me know what you think :)

How to make headbands – getting started

You will need:

  • Plastic headband (with or without teeth) – the ones for purchase in my store have teeth for extra hold. Ones without teeth are easily found at your local craft store – the width of you headband should be the same as the ribbon you are using
  • Ribbon – satin, grosgrain or glitter – I am using fun glitter ribbon
  • Double sided tape – if you want the headband to last, use a good, strong double sided tape
  • Lighter, or heat source with flame

How to make Headbands – step by step

Start by lining your headband with the double sided tape (just on the outside!)

Cut your ribbon to line the headband from one end to the other. Length will vary depending on the type of headband you are using.

Line up the bottom of the headband with one end of your ribbon and carefully line your headband, smoothing the ribbon as you go.

Trim off any excess ribbon so the ends are flush with your headband. Use your lighter to GENTLY  heat seal the ribbon ends to the headband and prevent any fraying of your ribbon ends.

That’s it! Decorate your headbands to dress them up and you are set!

You can now make so many variations, like these pictured:

Making a ruffle ribbon flower

May 12, 2010 by  
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Making a ruffle ribbon flower hair clippie

There are many variations of this ribbon flower, and I got my inspiration from a great crafty blog www.floralshowers.com.  Her instructions for ribbon flowers were so cute, I just had to start making my own versions to add to my store for girls hair accessories.

In this tutorial I will show you how to make the simplest ribbon flower, then you can expand from there.

You will need:

  • One 5 inch piece of 5/8” ribbon
  • A button or brad of some sort
  • A lined alligator clip – lined with coordinating ribbon
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread will work too – I just love my sewing machine!)
  • Hot Glue gun (Cause what project DOESN’T need a hot glue gun??)

**For instructions of how to line an alligator clips, see my instructions How to Line an Alligator Clip.

  • First, heat seal the edges of your ribbon. I do this with a standard cigarette lighter; just lightly seal each edge of the ribbon to prevent fraying. (The more you do this, the better at it you get!)
  • Next baste ONE edge of your ribbon. On your sewing machine, this is your standard stitch, made as wide as possible.

  • Pull on ONE of the two threads and scrunch the ribbon all together, like this:

  • Tie a knot at the ends of the thread so your scrunch holds.
  • Form the ribbon ruffle into a circle.

  • Use your hot glue gun and apply a thin strip on glue to one edge of the ribbon.
  • Place the other edge on the strip of glue, forming a neat circle with your ruffled ribbon.
  • Attach button or brad to the center.
  • Attach the whole ribbon flower to your alligator clip.

Here is a set of clips using these simple instructions:

Here is a larger variation I have made using the same technique, but with different size and textures of ribbon:

Check out some of my creations at The SunshineShoppe under the Ribbon Flower Clips section!

Dog Bows

April 25, 2010 by  
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Ok – so this is kinda silly, but I had this great idea the other night to try some of my hair bow creations on my dog, Sophie. Might be due to the fact that my daughter (my model) is refusing to keep anything in her hair these days. Now I KNOW I can’t use Sophie as my model in my store(s) but it sure was fun! And I think I might be on to a new market!

Dog bow:

Really? What could be cuter that a dog with a hair bow? Maybe a dog in a sweater? How about both?  If I had a sweater, I’d put it on her and take more pictures, but Sophie is 30 pounds of fur. The only outfit she wears is at Halloween, and THAT is an ordeal.

So all I really did was use a baby hair clip and snap it onto her head fur. The baby snap clips work great for hair that is as short as 1/4″ so PERFECT for any kind of  pooches!

See my instructions  on how to line a baby snap clip – then add anything on to make a little doggy hair clip!

How about a doggy flower hair clip?

Sophie giving me the evil eye wearing her doggy flower hair clip

I have great instructions on how to make a hair bow that you can follow as well.  Instead of making a HUGE bow like in those instructions – you can size it down by using 5/8 – 7/8 inch ribbon and use a starting cut of about 10.5 inches per bow.

To purchase your own dog bows, please visit my store The SunshineShoppe.  Check out the baby snap clip section – lots to choose from for humans and pooches, I guess!

I’m thinking these hair clips might be next for family pics!!!