Unicorn

This cutie is highly popular, and little girls love it, however, it is very tedious to make and takes close to an hour to complete.

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Date Created: 2/25/17
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 50 minutes
Pricing: $9.00
Materials Needed:
  • grosgrain
    • 7/8″ white
    • 5/8″ pink
    • 3/8″ various colors for the main and bangs, I chose:
      • neon pink
      • neon orange
      • ansi yellow
      • neon green
      • island blue
  • 1.75″ salon alligator clip
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • lighter or flame
  • googly eyes
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • head: 2″ of 7/8″ white
  • ears: (2) 1″ of 7/8″ white
  • nose: 1″ of 5/8″ pink
  • neck: 2.5″ of 7/8″ white
  • hair: (1 of each color makes mane and bangs) 2.5″ of 3/8″
    • neon pink
    • neon orange
    • ansi yellow
    • neon green
    • island blue
  • horn: 3-4″ of 3/8″ ansi yellow (cut in half long ways, makes 2 horns)
  • (2) 7-8mm googly eyes
  • clip liner: 4.5″ of 3/8″ ansi yellow
Notes:
Sorry, no tutorial available yet for this one.  Please add a comment below if you’d like to request to see instructions on how to make this bow.

 

4th of July Over the Top Bow, “Star Spangled Cutie”

4th of July Over the Top Bow with “Star Spangled Cutie” removable/changeable bottle cap

Date Created: 7/2016
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 30+ minutes
Pricing: $7.00
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ ribbon
    • red with white dots
    • navy& white lollipop stripes
  • 7/8″ ribbon
    • turquoise
    • white
    • navy
    • red & white stripe
  • 50-60cm french clip
  • 1.75″ alligator clip
  • 1″ bottle cap image
  • 1″ epoxy dot
  • 1″ bottle cap
  • E6000 glue
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • lighter or heat seal source
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 16″ of 7/8″ turquoise for boutique bow
  • 5″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for center
  • 4.5″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for clip liner
  • 6″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for center wrap
  • (2) 9″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for top bow surround
  • (2) 9.5″ of 3/8″ white & navy lollipop stripes for bottom bow surround
  • Spikes (all 4″, but I think 4.5″ would have worked better on this bow)
    • (2) 7/8″ turquoise
    • (2) 7/8″ white
    • (2) 7/8″ navy
    • (1) 7/8″ red & white stripe
Note:
After making boutique bow, it measured 3″ from corner to corner. So to measure the spikes I added 1″ and cut them at 4″.  However, these spikes ended up a bit too short and didn’t stick out under the bow at all.  I would try measuring spikes to be 1.5″ longer than longest length of the boutique bow.
Instructions:
Sorry, no tutorial available yet for this one.  Please add a comment below if you’d like to request to see instructions on how to make this bow.

Pinwheels with Tails (7/8″ ribbon)

Pinwheels with tails, made with 7/8″ ribbon for 4th of July

Date Created: 6/30/16
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete:
Pricing: $3.00
Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ ribbon
  • 1/4″ ribbon
  • 3/8″ ribbon
  • 1.75″ alligator clip
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • lighter or flame
  • needle and thread
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • bow: 11″ of 7/8″ navy ribbon
  • center wrap: a few inches of 1/4″ navy ribbon
  • clip liner: 3/8″ navy ribbon
 
Instructions:
  • Wrap the 7/8″ ribbon around a 2″ template to form pinwheel shape with tails.
  • Run needle and thread through center line, 2 stitches per piece of ribbon.
  • Cinch, wrap tight, and tie off.
  • Wrap and glue on center wrap.
  • Glue to ribbon lined alligator clip.

 

Pinwheels with Tails (5/8″ ribbon) for 4th of July

Pinwheels with tails, made with 5/8″ ribbon for 4th of July

Date Created: 6/30/16
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete:
Pricing: $2.50
Materials Needed:
  • 5/8″ ribbon for bow
  • 1/4″ ribbon for center wrap
  • 3/8″ ribbon for clip liner
  • 1.75″ alligator clip
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • lighter or flame
  • needle and thread
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • bow: 9.5″ of 5/8″ red ribbon
  • center wrap: a few inches of 1/4″ navy ribbon
  • clip liner: 3/8″ white with red stripes ribbon
 
Instructions:
  • Wrap the 5/8″ ribbon around a 1.75″ template to form pinwheel shape with tails.
  • Run needle and thread through center line, 2 stitches per piece of ribbon.
  • Cinch, wrap tight, and tie off.
  • Wrap and glue on center wrap.
  • Glue to ribbon lined alligator clip.

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Pinwheel (5/8″ ribbon) Hair Bow for 4th of July

Date Created: 6/2016
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete:
Pricing: $2.50
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Materials Needed:
  • 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (blue with white stars)
  • 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (red)
  • 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (white)
  • small clip
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • top half of pinwheel: 4″ of 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (blue with white stars)
  • bottom half of pinwheel: 4″ of 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (red)
  • center wrap: 4″ of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (white)
 
Instructions:
  • Fold ribbon as if making a tuxedo bow, but add both ribbons to the needle and thread.  Cinch the thread, wrap and tie off, to make a pinwheel.

7/8″ Pinwheels with No Tails, Double Bow Tie Style

Date Created: Summer 2016
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 10-15 minutes
Pricing: $2+ depending on price of ribbon and other materials
Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • alligator clip or barrette (30-40mm hair clip, I used a 40mm French clip in this example, but I’ve also used 30-40mm flat rectangular top toothed alligator clips as well.)
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue
Measurements:
  • (2) 6″ pieces of 7/8″ grosgrain, for pinwheel
  • (1) 4″ piece of 3/8″ grosgrain, for center wrap
Instructions:

These pinwheels are made with 2 pieces of stitched ribbon using 7/8″ grosgrain, mounted on a 40mm French clip, wrapped with 3/8″ matching grosgrain at the center and measure 2 1/2″ in width at completion.

Fold the 7/8″ ribbons in half and mark the center. Then, 1 ribbon at a time, fold the ribbon like you are going to make a tuxedo bow tie and using the needle and thread, make 2 stitches down the center. Repeat on the 2nd ribbon. Wrap and cinch together neatly. Glue clip on and wrap center.

I’ve made these in every color of 7/8″ ribbon I have, which is about 25 colors.  They are such a popular and cute clip and so easy to make.  They are much quicker to make and cheaper if you mount them on an alligator clip than a french barrette clip, however, nothing stays in my daughter’s hair unless it is on a french clip. I sell these for $2 at the craft fairs and they go quickly.

 

 

Layered Fabric Flower

Layered Fabric Flower

This fabric flower can be made from tattered circles or flower patterned pieces of fabric folded into quartered pieces.  You can use 9 petals of t-shirt material or any pattern or solid cotton fabric.  I’ve even tried this with singed satin irregular circles or sheer material.
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Use 5 rounded edges on pattern of flower.  Fold the piece of material in half and then in half again so it is triangularly shaped.  Fold so that they do not line up symmetrically. 5 edges is the trick, I tried 8 bumps the first time and that is too much. After gluing down 4 petals on 1 layer, then make a second layer on top with another 4 petals.  Roll the 9th petal for center, snip off the tip so it is not too tall (about 1/8-1/4″) and put puddle of glue in center and push down with finger.  Then glue closest edge of outer petals up to the center rolled piece to add dimension.
Video I watched to learn how to do this:
Another YouTube Video shows a neater way to fold the petals for even more texture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gecQrb1fzIk&feature=player_embedded
More Examples:

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Patriotic 3 Layer Shabby Flower

This shabby layered flower is perfect for any patriotic holiday.  It is also one of my most popular bows I sell on Etsy.  It’s one of the flowers though, that I absolutely LOVED the first time I made it, and now I’m having a hard time getting it to be exactly the same again because I never wrote down the measurements the first time, ugh. Also I ran out of my favorite material, that was a gift from my aunt, and is probably 20 years old, because I can’t find exactly the same kind anywhere.  I bought 3 very expensive similar yards instead.

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Materials:
18mm rhinestone
2.25″ flat toothed alligator clip
Non slip grip
Felt
Red material: 4 flowers, 3.25″ diameter, 5 petals
White material: 4 flowers, 2.75″ diameter, 5 petals
Blue with stars: 4 flowers, 2″, 5 petals

NOTE: another note I found shows the following different measurements
  • red uses 3 1/2″ flower
  • white uses 3″ flower
  • blue with stars uses 2 1/4″ flower
 I cut out a strip of red material 3 5/8 inches wide using the 3 5/8 inches Square template to fold it over. Then I traced the 3 1/2″ flower on, slid the template out and then cut out the flower.

First I roll all four colors in my hands to get them squished up a little bit. Then I roll one to time for a few seconds to get them a little shabby. The longer you roll the shabbier they look.

Second layer, which is the white layer, I used the two and three quarters 2 3/4″ inch flower template.

When folding the bigger 2 layers of petals, hold two petals up to up to meet in the middle of one pedal and then folded in together. However leave the side facing you slightly more towards the left so you have a flower petal bigger than 90 degrees. That will help close up any gaps.

For the blue with white stars later, I used the 2 inch template. Try to make these petals exactly 90° when folded since they are the top player. Since they are smaller petals they’re much easier to line up at 90 degrees.

Top with an 18 millimeter rhinestone, and choice of back.

When comparing the old flower clip to the new flower clip it appears that maybe the biggest layer was a bit smaller than three and a half inches, maybe three and a quarter inches and the white layer may have been two and a half inches. But the 2-inch Center looks appropriate.

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Cherries Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip Tutorial

Date Created: 5/13/16
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 10 minutes each
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in red, and red with white polka dots
  • 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon in green
  • 1 3/4″ alligator clip
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • lighter or other ribbon sealing device
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  •  (2) 1.5″ of 3/8″ red ribbon for inside of cherries
  • (2) 1.75″ of 3/8″ red ribbon for outside of cherries
  • 5.5″ of 1/4″ green ribbon for stems
  • small jewel approx 5mm
  • 4.5″ of red with white polka dots for clip liner
 
Instructions:
Sorry, no tutorial available yet for this one.  Please add a comment below if you’d like to request to see instructions on how to make this bow.