getting aquainted with hair clips

With a baby girl on the way, I decided I'd better start getting acquainted with hair accessories.  I've never really known what to do with my own hair and it generally looks kind of pathetic.  And I've definitely never put much effort into accessorizing my hair.

My point is, I have a real fear of my daughter looking like a rag-a-muffin, especially if she gets my curly hair.  You know who says, "you're so lucky to have curly hair!"?  People with beautifully straight hair.  I've never had a curly-haired person say to me, "I feel so grateful to have curly hair, don't you?"

I spent an hour yesterday afternoon making a couple of hair clips (for me - these are big clips).  The pink flower buds were made from leftover scraps from my cardigan refashion.

The white rose was made with satin ribbon.  I used a wide ribbon and folded it in half so the edges wouldn't show when I wound it up into a flower.

All of the flowers were hand-stitched together and hot glued to the hair clips.  So easy!  Plus, the clips were only $1 for the pack of 6 (found at Michael's), so this is a very cheap project.

I'd love to hear about your favorite tutorials or homemade hair accessory ideas (for mamas and kids!).

59 comments:

Lise said...

Fav. tutorial for me: 10-minute headband on littlebirdstudio.blogspot.com. Works great, looks cute, really takes 10 minutes.

Wendy Markt said...

Love it! What a great gift idea.

Mango Mom said...

Love these!

Hello_marzipan said...

I love the roses!!! Very sweet... here's another easy one on my blog

http://hello-marzipan.blogspot.com/2010/03/jersey-knit-rose-hairpin-tutorial.html

Tonia said...

Hair accessories are my favorite things to make! I love them. You can get super cute ribbon, kufi caps, and headbands at poshnpretty.com for cheap! Also tencowchick.blogspot.com has a really good tutorial for korker bows.

Angie said...

From one curly-haired person to another: "I feel so grateful to have curly hair don't you?" Ok, teasing aside I couldn't agree more on the curly hair - it can look great but it can also look terrible and it's hard to control which one you get.

My little girl is due in 3 weeks (eek!) so thanks for posting these!

Lara said...

Jill I have a few fun ones on my craft blog. Visit www.adailypostforyou.blogspot.com and click on the label - Baby Girl Bows. I will be doing a few more over the next few weeks so watch for those!

P.S. your clips are adorable!

Lucashell said...

Love it... I crochet mine.. Also I thought I was the only one who used the term rag-a-muffin.. for what my daughters hair looks like..

D and A said...

Where do you get little plain clips and headbands?

Hilary said...

Mine's 10 months (and I Have curly hair, but my kids don't tend to curl until they're about 1, or so). I, so far, have done all headbands because it's just too hard to keep a clip in her fine hair. I have heard, if you cover it in velvet (the inside) it helps grip better.
Good luck!

Devil Dog Momma said...

Those are just darling and I love your label too. Keep the girly stuff coming and of course, the boy items as well!!

leah said...

So cute! I love the 3 little flowers. You might want to try those frilly headband thingies just incase the little muffin comes out without any hair ;)

Larissa said...

Jill, those are so cute. I love the pink with the green. I am sure you will be up to your elbows in really cute barrettes and headband soon.

I just did a fabric flower headband tutorial.

http://zitzmanfam.blogspot.com/2010/03/sorry-st-patrick-girlie-headband-how-to.html

I am a white belt in sewing to your red belt (guess what that is higher than black, so did NOT know that), so I am sure my tutorial will be just a jumping off point to your dazzling creativity!

I am so excited to see all the girlie stuff you come up with.

Annie said...

Check out http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/ for the inside scoop on instructions for tons of different clips!

Tasha said...

These are darling! I cannot imagine that she really will look like a rag a muffin. I just don't believe it :) You might want to look into headbands with stretch lace too. you can buy stretch lace at fabric stores, or usually I buy mine off Ebay. There are so many cute hair accessories these days! Have fun making them.

Katie said...

I highly doubt you'll have a rag-a-muffin daughter with those beauties in her hair :). I'm sure you've already seen this but they're great so I'll share anyway:
http://www.purlbee.com/rose-barrettes/

Rodney and Erin said...

I got into making my girls bows, flower clips and headbands with my first. Then realized I made way toooo many! So I'm selling them on: itsybitsybowtique.blogspot.com I don't have tutorials because I haven't taken the time to do that yet. I have extremely curly hair. But in your picture you have straight hair...I'm guessing you straighten it or got it relaxed. I've thought of getting mine permanantly straightened but that's way expensive. I do like being able to have it curly or straighten it but my hair is so curly it's very difficult and time consuming to do that. Good luck!

Katie said...

1. Your clips turned out great!
2. My hair is always way pathetic. And it's not even "curly"--just sort of awkwardly wavy. And my husband's whole family has SUPER curly hair. So I'm a little worried for my daughter. Please feel free to share any great tips you may come across. :)

Cheryl said...

Way cute. Wish my little girl would grow some hair already!

Beth Lucas said...

Very cute clips! I have boys, so no clips for me any time soon...

I'm right with you on the curly hair... ack! One of my twin boys got my curly hair, and it looks soooo cute on him. Why can't I just have my hair in a wild pile and look that cute??

Brie said...

Jill- I feel your curly haired pain. Sure I can get it straight, it just takes 2 hours - and the slightest bit of moisture and its gone. My 2.5 yr old daughter has straight hair so far *fingers crossed* I make her headbands from leftover bias tape I make for other projects. Just cut the bias tape 2" smaller than their head and add the elastic to complete the circle. I pull the centers out of silk geberas or mums, sew them together and sew them onto the headbands. Hot glue a little jeweled center and 5 minutes you have a headband.

Mandy said...

Your clips are really cute! I just did a simple bow tutorial, but it's hard to beat the cuteness of those clips!
http://craftedition.blogspot.com/2010/03/simple-bow-tutorial.html

Rachel Keyser said...

I make my daughter headbands out of white or black knee highs. They work great even for newborns!

My daughter still has very little hair even at 16 months...so I am waiting anxiously to put cute little barrettes in her hair.

Emily said...

so pretty! I've crocheted flowers and bows (http://www.etsy.com/shop/emmillee) which I'm sure you could easily do! :)

pinksuedeshoe said...

My favorite easy and cheap idea is to buy silk flowers at the dollar store, tear them apart and re-assemble without the stamens. Then you can hot glue them together, put them on a little alligator clip and you are good to go. I've used the little velcro sticky dots to attach them to the clips. That way you can use the same flowers on clips or headbands. Also, when your littl girl has super fine baby hair, if you use a soft velcro dot inside the clip, where her hair goes, it will help it stay in her little baby hair a lot better. Love the white rose, very pretty.

Laurel said...

I make most of my daughter's bows and I found out how on http://www.girlythingsbows.com/

I also buy hairclips in bulk from http://www.trimweaver.com/ I buy alligator pinch clips with teeth. They are the only ones that stay in my daughter's fine hair. She is 2 1/2 but she still has that super fine baby hair.

Those flowers that you made turned out so cute!

Kristi said...

The easiest hair accessory for little girls to simply sew some pink elastic lace (like underwear elastic) together into a circle for a headband. A friend just recently made one for her little one and it is so cute.

Kimberly said...

I LOVE, LOVE the clip with the little pink flower buds, so cute!!

I know some people think these are silly, but I absolutely LOVE those huge over-sized flower headbands for baby girls! When I found out I was having a girl, I was so excited to make all the accessories! I went overboard making flowers out of scrapbooking flowers and brads and taking apart fake flowers and putting them back together in an attractive way... and hot gluing them to alligator clips which you can get at any craft store like hobby lobby. My favorite I made is a gigantic yellow monster that is half the size of her head! For the headbands I just used adult sized goody headbands and sewed them smaller and I also used a pair of tights that was on clearance.

There's a no-sew fabric flower on Samster Mommy that is cute:
http://samstermommy.blogspot.com/2009/11/no-sew-fabric-scrap-flower.html



http://bugaboominimrme.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

I love to make itty bitty hair flowers with satin, organza, and tulle. I singe the edges and sew on a few little pearl beads. I made a bigger version for me and love it. My daughter Abbie just turned one; and for the last little bit has been in the phase to pull the flowers out of her hair and try to eat them. So right now she looks like a curly hair ragamuffin. www.joyfulbirdie.blogspot.com

corvo cucina said...

Oh these are so cute!

And you made me laugh...I am one of those super-straight haired freaks always saying "Oh I LOOOVE your curly hair!" and " I wish my hair would curl" haha.

Blueangel Crafts said...

Beautiful hairclips! I will have to make some for my baby girl. I made some no-sew clips on my blog. You can see them here: http://blueangelcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/02/hairslides.html

Sarah said...

Are you kidding? I love having curly hair! It was straight all my life until my second kid, then it went wavy. Maybe that's the difference. I love having wavy hair. I can't speak for real curls although I think they're gorgeous!

Chance and Beth said...

Super cute bows, I bought alligator clips from Sally and they were super cheap. If you want to make a ton of bows, I think that is a good route to go. I got a box of 100 clips on sale for less than $10. I'll probablly never make 100 bows for my daughter, but they make great gifts.

Anna said...

so cute clippies! Hope your daughter keeps them in. :) That's always a challenge. My oldest daughter has the most beautiful curly/wavy hair (but it can be pretty unruly!)

Jessica said...

Cute hair clips! I have been on a headband kick lately.

wallee said...

There is an excellent book called "Curly Girl" all about loving and caring for your curly hair. I love being curly and home that you can embrace it.

Kayla said...

I LOVE THESE!!!

Jodi said...

I've found sheets of snappy clips at my local dollar store in Idaho. There were about 12-14 on a sheet. It's worth a trip to your local dollar store! Plus you can get boxes of 100 alligator clips at Sally Beauty supply for around $5.00. Oh and I hear ya on the whole curly haired thing. My 5 year old inherited my curly hair and always has a "halo" of frizz by the end of the day even with all of my de-frizzing techniques. People still say she's lucky though! The grass is always greener I guess! Good luck and I love your little red bud clip!

Brian, Shelya, and Blythe said...

there are a ton of great free hairbow instructions on http://girlythingsbows.com/

the best place to buy the clips is sally's beauty supply. i have a never ending supply and it's much cheaper than michael's or joann's.

Missy G said...

Those look great! If you are looking for a great deal for clips, try a beauty supply store - I found a box for 200 for $5!

st-dl said...

These are beautiful! I love the last one especially, can we get a tutorial on this lovely flower? please?

Annette said...

lovely clips...

Valerie said...

Love it! I have 2 girls (3 and 4 mo) and we are all about bows! Both my munchkins have curly hair - which I LOVE (and yes, my hair is straight as a board), so we are always looking for a good bow. For the baby I have fallen in love with the tiny clips - they are so great and never come out. They truly are the first clips that actually stay in baby fine hair (and she has a head full - but it's so fine that regular and small clips just flop out). And for the older sister, they are great to keep bangs out of eyes.

Heidi said...

I've heard of using something from the craft store called a "yo-yo." You make cute fabric flowers out of it. You can make a headband out of one leg of a pair of tights and use a safety pin to switch out different fabric flowers on it.

Di said...

This lady makes the best hair clips I've ever seen. They are pricey so instead of buying a ton I bought one & copied her style & now have tons of my own for my own little girl. It's addicting so watch out. http://tatertothairclips.blogspot.com/

CJ {Pink Tea} said...

Pigtails with bows. That has become to easiest way to keep my daughter's hair calm. She didn't get my almost-but-not-quite-curly hair (it's own challenge). She has this fly-away hair so pigtails have been our answer.

I fell in love with the korker bows at Gymboree and learned to make them myself. I normally don't like commenting with a specific link to my blog, but in this case... http://pinktea-cj.blogspot.com/2010/03/korker-bow-tutorial.html

Congratulations. Daughters are so much fun. And thank you. You have inspired me with boy projects for my son.

lifeinredshoes said...

When my oldest daughter was young bows weren't a big thing. She had one of those cute little bowl cuts and maybe a side clip. But 10 years later when #2 was born, well let's just say that the bow entered the room 5 minutes before she did!
Yours are darling, and you'll do just fine.

Magen said...

I have two girls (4 and 5 months)and girly head things are STILL daunting to me. I have to say though...your white rose clip is the cutest of the clips I've EVER seen. For some reason I'm drawn to it!

Danielle Lyn said...

I agree about the curly hair. Other people compliment it, but it drives me crazy sometimes. I'm worried my little girl is going to have the same crazy curls.

Clair said...

Jill, Curly hair is really beautiful on little kids. As much as I hated my own curly hair, I love it on my daughters and I take comfort in the fact that they have a lot more options then we did when we were kids. You can check out pics of my Curly Q's on my website www.fivejordans.com

Also I agree with the previous posters that said clips wont stay in a new baby's hair at first. My kids all had lots of thick hair and the clips still wouldn't stay. Headbands work the best.

Lizzie said...

Hello Jill, I just love your blog and all that do and I am super impressed that you do it all with a baby/toddler!! I saw your blog on hair clips, and as I am well acquainted with them (I have three girls) I thought you might like to look at this. I live in New Zealand and my Mum bought me some of the clips home from a trip to Australia. The bows are on aligator clips, the best thing I have come across for holding lots of hair in place! Anyway, I thought you might be interested as it full of lovely things to look at, and with your crafty skills you will be able to make some? Here is the link http://www.ellaandkate.com.au/ Good luck with the new baby.
Lizzie

Megan said...

I LOVE all the adorable clip and headband tutorials( I make them for myself) but what about cute stuff for moms of boys is there anything fun and funky I can make my sweet little boy?

Gwen said...

I've got some tutorials on my blog
http://twinkleblinkle.blogspot.com/search/label/Crafts for headbands, bow holders & bows.

Erin said...

Jill - love the hairclips. Just wanted you to know that I am having a giveaway for some adorable crocheted headbands. Please go to my blog and enter I promise it's a good giveaway.

www.girlwithcurlz.blogspot.com

About the Cheeks said...

where did you get your tags made?

Tiffany said...

Love my curly hair and love these clips! Question for all of those with little girls with curls - how do you ever get your child to leave them in? My daughter's hair is everywhere, but she says emphatically "no" to clips and ponytails (she's 2.5) and will only wear headbands if she puts it on herself (and then looks like rambo's daughter - very 80s)! Any tips?

Term papers said...

WOW!
Beautiful collection i love it.
Good job!

Beeaditude said...

Check out my bows by searching Bee's Baby Boutique on FaceBook.
My baby girl Belinda is my inspiration!

hair clips said...

These hair clips are so pretty and such a great gift idea! I love the white rose. Thanks for sharing.