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.

 

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.

Christmas Wreath Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 11/12/15
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Price: $5 (only because once you get better at making the military braid, you can make them much more quickly)
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Materials Needed:
  • 1/4″ green grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ red grosgrain ribbon (or any color for bow on wreath)
  • 6mm red or colored jewels for embellishment
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 40″ of 1/4″ green
  • 5″ of red for bow
  • 4.5″ of red for clip liner
Instructions:
  • I followed my purchased instructions for Turtle Ribbon Sculpture by Ella Bella Bows for military braid.
Notes:
Make on hair clip, magnet, pin or ornament for tree.
10/9/16: Tried again with the shiny 1/4″ satin and measurements were perfect. Also used 6mm lighter red jewels and 4 1/2″ of the red polka dot ribbon for both the clip liner and bow.
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My Favorite Christmas Tree (12 Branches)

Date Created: 12/2/16 (after several times of making these)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
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Materials Needed:
3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
     Tree branches: emerald green, green print with ornaments or green print with snowflakes
     Bow: red, white, pink, silver, gold, any color (saddle stitch, polka dot, pattern print, sheer glittery)
     Trunk clip liner: brown or brown with polka dots
Jem or rhinestone optional
needle and thread for bow
hot glue
salon clip, badge holder, magnet, pin…whatever you are going to mount it on
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
(12) 2″ for tree branches
(1) 4.5-5″ for bow
(1) 4.5″ for trunk clip liner
 
Instructions:
  • Heat seal ends of all ribbons
  • For each branch, place a dot of glue on top of one end, place the other end on top at an angle to create a teardrop shape, leaving a small hole in the center. Repeat for all 12 branches
  • Mount 4 branches together. Mount 3 branches together.  Mount 3 branches together again. Mount 2 branches together.
  • Line clip with ribbon for tree trunk.
  • Glue bottom wrung of 4 branches near the bottom of the clip. Next glue 3, then 3, then 2.
  • Make bow topper and glue on top of tree.  Embellish bow.
Notes:
  • Tree can be emerald or any other green (but no one purchased the dark evergreen color) and everyone LOVED when I made it with the light green that had an ornament Christmas pattern with a red with white saddle stitch bow. I personally liked it better with the white with red saddle stitch bow.
  • Keep hole in loop small
  • Don’t angle bottom row in too much, keep in more level
  • Really Spread the 3 out
  • Glue each row together first, then glue the row to the clip.  The top most row will run out of clip and just be glued to the previous row.
  • If making it on a badge pull, simply fold the clip liner in half and glue turner for more stability. Charging $7 for badge pull tree, probably $6 or $6.50 on a clip

More examples:

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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.