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I made two at the same time to show you different options for the same necklace.Aren’t they PURTY!!! ¬†And oh-sew-easy to make! ūüėČ ¬†(I know…that was cheesy.)

Well I hope you had fun making my last two spring projects and that you’re now in the mood to dress yourself in the latest spring accessories and colors! ¬†Bib necklaces are insanely popular right now which is fabulous for us DIY’ers since they’re so easy to make with so many different ways to make them. ¬†My favorite part about this trend is that the “handmade looking” bib necklace is what is most desired right now and that the more custom and handmade yours look, the more chic and fabulous they are! ¬†You can make yourself a bib necklace with just about any craft items you have around the house; scrap fabric, old t-shirts, lace, buttons, old jewelry, felt, leather, ribbon, etc…just about ANYTHING can be fashioned into a statement bib necklace. ¬†For this tutorial I really wanted to create something fun and bright and elegant to bring some sunshine and flowers into my wardrobe. ¬†I made two necklaces at the same time using basically the same technique ¬†for each with just a few differences to show you some variations of the same necklace. ¬†FYI: ¬†A lot of these tutorials document my FIRST ATTEMPT on the projects I want to do so they are very much open to your own inspiration and tweaking. ¬†I have an entire photo file on my computer that I add pics to that I like and think that I could make or create a similar version/idea of. ¬†So I’m learning as I go, just like you! ūüôā ¬†Ok then, are you ready!?

Cost: $0-$5 (Like I said, this project can be done with just about anything that you have around the house already which makes it a great recycling/upcycling DIY project for old clothing, jewelry, or craft items).

Supplies:

  • Ribbon. You’ll use about 2 feet or so per necklace depending on how long you’d like yours to hang. ¬†I used green grosgrain ribbon I had on hand.
  • Cotton (frayable…I just made that word up) Fabric. I used a couple shades of pink and green linen that I picked up a long time ago at a thrift store. ¬†Yes, thrift stores often sell fabric remnants for SUPER cheap! ¬†They’re a great place to look, especially if you’re looking for vintage/retro fabrics and prints.
  • Beads. I had an old bracelet with small green glass beads (I’m pretty sure I bought it from the $Dollar Store a while back) that I just took apart and used the beads from. ¬†Any beads, jewels, or buttons, would work for the center of your flowers.
  • Needle and thread in coordinating/matching colors as your fabric.
  • Sharp scizzors.

Thats all you need to make these lovely little bib necklaces! ¬†This takes minimal sewing skills (I didn’t use a machine at all) and about 1 hour or so to make two. ¬†Lets get started!

  1. Get your supplies ready to go. ¬†Cut your ribbon pieces (2 per necklace) to the length that you’d like (I think it looks great to have the bib part of the necklace sitting along or just below your collar bone). ¬†Pick out your beads (I did 3 beads per flower). ¬†And cut out your flower fabric(s) into a long strip about 6 inches or so wide. ¬†
  2. Take the “backing” fabric (in this case I used the green linen as my backing/leaf fabric), fold it in half. ¬†Cut a moon (or smile) shape out of that fabric to use as your bib backing.If you are making 2 necklaces at a time, cut 2. ¬†Below is about what yours should look like. ¬†You can adjust the size,length, and width of the bib backing to your liking depending on how big you’d like your flowers to be.
  3. Set that piece aside and grab your strip of flower fabric(s). ¬†Fold that strip in half or thirds (depending on how much fabric you have and how many layers you want in your flowers). ¬†Begin cutting that strip into rectangular strips getting smaller as you get to the end of the fabric. ¬†This is hard to explain but basically you’re cutting out stacked pieces of fabric from biggest to smallest to cut your various sized circles from that will be making up the layers to each of your flowers. ¬†Does that make sense? ¬†Heres an example.
  4. Once you have your fabric stacks ready to go, cut circles out of each stack, big, less big, medium, and small or however you see fit. ¬†You can make as many circles in as many different sizes as you’d like. ¬†The idea is just that you want to get a pretty full flower once you stack the different sized circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest.
  5. And thats exactly what we’re going to do now. ¬†Stack your circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest. ¬†I cut both my flower fabrics together so I¬†separated¬†them by color and make 3 flowers out of each fabric for my two necklaces. ¬†I also made stacked leaves to use (I only ended up using them on one of the necklaces) and I layed out my necklaces to see what I liked best before I started stitching everything together.
  6. Once you get a plan in place you can begin stitching your stacks together to form your flowers. ¬†This is where my light pink bib necklace and my dark pink bib necklace differ somewhat. ¬†For my light pink flowers I simply stitched the circles together directly through the center of each stack and to the backing fabric to give my bib a flatter flower look. ¬†For the dark pink flowers I “gathered” the circles together by stitching a lose circle (wide stitch) through all the layers at once and then pulling the thread tight to make them gather and ruffle a bit. ¬†Then I stitched them to the backing fabric. I love them both but I have to say I like the texture to the ruffled looking bib. ¬†Above is a look at the light pink version. ¬†Below is a look at the dark pink version.Above is a look at how I did the loose gather stitch to my dark pink version. ¬†And below you can see what it looks like once I pulled the thread tight and knotted it off.
  7. Either way you choose to go, sew your flowers to the bib backing fabric you had set aside.
  8. Now, sew your beads into the centers.  You will be sewing through all your layers now including the backing layer.
  9. If you’d like (as I show here above) you can pull at the edges of your fabric flowers to make them fray a bit. ¬†I did this heavily on the light pink necklace but I left the dark pink necklace alone for it to fray as it will on its own.
  10. Now, sew your ribbon pieces to the ends of the bib backing.
  11. If you’d like, you can sew a loose gather stitch along the top of the bib backing and pull slightly to get the bib to curve and ruffle a bit more. ¬†I did this only on my dark pink bib.
  12. Make any adjustments as needed.  You can tack the edges of your flowers together or down to the bib backing if you are using floppier fabric, or you can lengthen/shorten the ribbon.

Thats it! ¬†Doesn’t it just make you feel like going on a¬†pick-nick! ¬†Heres a few tips of other things you can do with this DIY design:

  • Lengthen the ribbon and straighten the backing piece to make a cute springtime sash belt.
  • Tie it up around your neck like a chocker. ¬†(I love this if you’re wearing your hair up).
  • Make your flowers smaller and create a springtime fabric wrist corsage.
  • Leave the ribbon out completely and attach a pin to the back for a sweet bouquet brooch.
  • Straighten the backing piece, and make a sweet ribbon hair band for your little girl or you.

So many things you can do with this tutorial!! I’m excited to see your ideas! ¬†Stay tuned for my next tutorial, “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”! ¬†Happy crafting! ūüôā

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Welcome back! ¬†Well, my hubby is off to his brother’s wedding in Seattle, leaving me with a sick toddler and doctor ordered “bed-rest”. ¬†Of course. ¬†Not his fault though, just one of those things, but I am feeling much more positive after putting my son down for his nap and getting my hands on some feathers for this next tutorial.

Today I will be showing you how to make a vintage inspired feather hair clip for under $5. ¬†If you have gone shopping, picked up a magazine, or turned on the TV in the past several months you may have noticed this trend of feathers in fashion. ¬†You may have also noticed the steep prices of some of these feathered accessories (remember I’m cheap, so even $15 seems like a lot to me). ¬†As I mentioned in a previous post, I love vintage fashion and started making feathered and flowered accessories for myself (and several friends and family members who saw mine) almost 2 years ago after looking up “pin up hair and makeup” on google. ¬†(P.S. If you want to know how to do pin up hair and makeup check out my last few posts). ¬†Since then, I have made hundreds and have sold quite a few at craft fairs and such. ¬†But, I have a little secret, although I sold my accessories for a relatively low price (keep in mind, handmade is always better than mass produced so higher prices are to be expected), I really only spent about $3-$5 making each one. ¬†And sometimes even less than that due to my dollar store finds and thrift store shopping. ¬†Even my most “expensive” (if you want to call it that) custom piece only probably cost me around $10 to make. ¬†So, now that you know you can have an expensive looking accessory for less than $5 aren’t you excited to find out how to do it yourself?! ¬†Actually, I think you’ll be¬†surprised¬†at how EASY it is to make these and how little time it takes. ¬†Yet, without fail, I guarantee that they will always IMPRESS. ¬†So lets get started. ¬†Heres the breakdown:

  • Cost: Between $3-$5 or so depending on what you already have on-hand.
  • Supplies: Felt (about $0.32 a sheet at Walmart or your local hobby store.), Feathers (about $2.00 for a bag of multi-colored feathers at Walmart), Peacock Feather (I get mine when they go half off at Hobby Lobby, a pack of 3 is about $4 or $2 on sale), Alligator Clip (beauty supplies stores sell these for less than $3 for a bag of 20 or so; I find this is a better deal than to buy them at the craft store), Vintage Looking Earring (I get a lot of mine at the Dollar Store or at thrift stores where they will sometimes have bags of old earrings or jewelry you can¬†re-purpose), Hot Glue Gun (and hot glue).

This hair clip took me only 15 minutes to throw together so you can see with all the extra supplies you can crank out several in a couple of hours and give them out to your friends (since they’re bound to have “feather envy” once they see yours). ¬†Alright then. ¬†Lets do this.

  1. First off you want to pick out what feathers you’d like to use for your clip. ¬†I usually base this decision on the type of earring that I’m using for my clip. ¬†In this case I chose really bright green feathers to match the bright green colors in my earring.
  2. Next cut out a round piece of felt (try to match the felt color to your feather colors to make it cohesive looking and “polished”), a little bigger than the size of a silver dollar. ¬†If you’re a real perfectionist you can trace a circle onto your felt and then cut. ¬†But I’m a “get-her-done” kinda girl so I just eye-ball it since it will be the backing and no one will be able to tell if its not perfect.
  3. With the same felt, cut a small rectangular piece to use later when you need to adhere the alligator clip to the back of your feather pad.
  4. Lay out your pieces so you see what you’re working with. ¬†I used 3 green fluffy feathers, and 1 peacock feather that I trimmed up a bit. ¬†Have fun with yours! ¬†Layer those feathers on anyway that seems appealing to you.
  5. Next, break the back off your earring.  This earring was a clip on and pretty easy to manipulate with just my hands, but you may need some pliers to get the back off of yours.
  6. Now you just need to layer your feathers on your round piece of felt to create your feather pad. ¬†I usually start with the shortest feathers on either side of the pad and then layer the longer ones in toward the center to give your hair clip an oval shape. ¬†But you can fan them out, make them go all the way around, there is really no right or wrong way. ¬†So take your hot glue gun and put a thin line up the felt circle to and attach your first feather. ¬†Keep in mind, these are feathers folks, so less is more with the glue. ¬†If you get too much glue on there then your feather will become saturated and…not pretty.
  7. Continue this way until your base feathers have covered the felt.  Try to hide as much of the glued parts as possible by layering feathers from the outsides inward.
  8. Next, run a small line of glue about 1/2 the way up the center of your feather pad and attach your “fancy feather” (in my case its going to be a peacock feather).
  9. Now you’re almost done! ¬†Put a pretty generous glob of hot glue at the base of your feather pad (but not TOO generous so where it seeps out around the edges of your earring). ¬†Now firmly press and hold your earring into place until the glue sets up a bit. ¬†Wait a minute or so before moving on to step 10.
  10. Once you feel like you can move your hair clip without the earring sliding off, flip your feather pad over and grab your alligator clip and little rectangular piece of felt.
  11. Pinch open the clip and slide the felt in between the prongs.
  12. Apply hot glue to one side of the felt while in between the prongs.
  13. Press the clip and felt (glue side down) to the back of your feather pad.

All done!! Isn’t she pretty!? ¬†Just give it a couple of cool-down minutes before you clip it up into your hair and go to show it off.

Feather Hair Clip Tips and Suggestions:

  • Use buttons, beads, lace, ribbon, netting, scrap fabric, or anything else you can think of to create something fabulous!
  • Instead of an alligator clip, attach a pin back and use it as a brooch on a cute sweater, blouse, dress, or jacket.
  • Visit store sites like Anthropologie, ModCloth, and Etsy for inspiration.
  • If you’d like to purchase one of my feather pieces or order a custom piece for a special occasion, please visit my online shop BareBirdie.

Thats it! ¬†Hope you had fun! ¬†Come back for “Home Makeover Mondays” where I will be teaching you “How to Make Fabric Wall Art for a Hip Baby Room”. ¬†Have a great weekend!

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