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
  • (2) 6″ pieces of 7/8″ grosgrain, for pinwheel
  • (1) 4″ piece of 3/8″ grosgrain, for center wrap

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.
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
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