Sunday, February 01, 2009

Accessorise!

If you know me irl you will frequently be witness to my accessorising. Brooches, necklaces, scarfs, hats, bracelets, rings, earrings, hair bands. If it will make my outfit look cuter & more individual then i will wear it. It's the small details that make me happy.

My favourite shops to buy jewellery are Accessorize & This Charming Girl and i am known to pick things up at random markets on my travels too. i'm sure there are a myriad of other juicey shops selling pretty things but i already spend way too much as it is.

So i started getting into making my own accessories a few months back. First came the felt & button brooches and then i ventured into hair accessories. They are soooooo eay to make. Generally i use some combination of felt, ribbon, lace, material & buttons. Because i already have a huge collection of each.

This week's prompt over at Work Your Soul inpired me to make another hair band today. It's super easy & quick so i thought i'd do a little step by step on here, maybe you'll be inspired to start making your own accessories?! Apologies for the rubbishy photos, but it's so dark today, geting detailed shots was tricky! i hope these instruction make sense!

1.Gather supplies


For this project i used: material, ribbon, an elastic head band (you can pick these up really cheap in supermarkets and pharmacies), thread & needle.

2. Cut 3 strips of material (approx 15" long)


3. Sew one end of all three strips of material together

4. Plait the strips of material

5. Cut the elasticated head band to the desired length, so there are two loose ends

6. Sew together one end of the plait to one end of the elasticated head band

7. Repeat step 6 for the other ends of the plait & head band (so you end up with a complete circle)


8. Sew ribbon over the joints where the plait & elastic meet, so that it looks neat


Et Voila!




And here's a few other hair bands i've made recently:





Ha! These are all grey! i do make them in other colours i swear!

Oh and happy February! Good-bye January (thank goodness!). OHMYGOSHITSCOLD!! -1 and snowing :O

3 comments:

Kara said...

ah!!!! that's just freaking adorable. i want to make one now.

Steve Rodli said...

Hi Alexa, you've got me spring-boarding! I was wondering if it would wear tight...with the elasticated head band the way you used it should wear just right. Happy happies. Joyce

jen renee said...

so so so so SO adorable and thanks for playing along with us!

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