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Krafts With Katy: The Ultimate Hair Pin

From chic hairpins to glammed-up picture frames, crafts connoisseur Kaitlin Roweton has made quite the sensation with her simple and sophisticated crafts. Not only has Kaitlin created adorable crafts that are sold at a boutique, but she has also hosted monthly craft parties to teach other girls how to make their own fashion-forward looks on a collegiette™ budget. She gave Her Campus Mizzou an inside peek at how to create these charming fabric flowers.

Materials Needed

  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread
  • three fabric patterns (TIP: Fabric can be purchased in as small as 1/8-inch squares at Hobby Lobby for 40 cents, so go wild!)
  • buttons
  • Clover Yo-Yo Maker
  • bobby pins, headband, etc.

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Phase 1: Yo-Yo Fabric Flower
(TIP: This can be done without the Clover Yo-Yo Maker by tracing a circular shape onto the fabric and simply sewing “dashes.” If you chose this method, begin at step 4.)

  1. Place the fabric between the pieces of the Clover Yo-Yo Maker and trim the edges to allow about a half an inch from the Yo-Yo Maker. You will want to align the pieces, so that a needle can slide through the ridges/holes completely.
  2. Thread your needle, pull about 3 inches of excess thread through and knot the end of the thread.
  3. Begin sewing around the Yo-Yo Maker stitching in and out through the holes at the edge.
  4. When you have stitch around the entire circle, remove the Yo-Yo Maker and pull the thread tightly, while tucking in the excess fabric into the forming hole.
  5. Sew the button into the center of the yo-yo flower by threading all the way through both sides. (TIP: The button could also be hot glued to the flower.)

For more detailed instructions, go to www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=552.

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Phase 2: Twisted Rosette Flower

  1. Cut a thin strip of fabric, about 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 to 2 inches long.
  2. Fold the strip twice and begin wrapping it in a circle.
  3. Hot glue the fabric as you go. (TIP: Be careful to use small amounts of glue as to not let any extra glue show on the face of the flower.)
  4. Occasionally, according to your preference, you should twist the fabric to give it more of a rose-like, three-dimensional look.
  5. Once you’ve reached the end of your fabric, hot glue the end to the bottom side of the flower.

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Phase 3: Folded Circle Flower

  1. Cut between 8 and 12 circles of the same size. One of these will be left flat as the foundation for the other fabric petals to be glued.
  2. Each circle should be folded twice, so that it is shaped into a 1/4 of a circle.
  3. Cut the tip of the folded piece off and place a dot of hot glue in the now straight spot.
  4. Continue to cut and glue these petals into a cluster on the flat circle until it forms a shapely flower.

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We now have three flowers. The next phase is to assemble the flowers together and make them into a hairpiece.

Phase 4: Assembly

  1. Arrange the three flowers in a connected and appealing way.
  2. Using either extra fabric or something sturdier (like jean material), hot glue the flowers together and trim the edges so that the connector piece doesn’t show.
  3. Place a strip of fabric between the spokes of the bobby pin to provide a more secure surface to hot glue.
  4. Attach the bobby pin and fabric strip to the back of the flower cluster.
  5. Look stylish and cool!
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