Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It Should be a Good Hair Day!

A "smaller" hair accessory was requested for St. Patrick's Day by one of my girls. The others turned their noses up at the idea, but I made two anyhow. I bet they will all want one when they see these!

We are big on the rainbow thing for the leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day. This isn't a holiday for which we go all out, but we tend to do something. We have made leprechaun traps, seen green footprints around the house, decorated with rainbows, and eaten various types of green food and food which has been colored green. I am still not sure what will happen this year, but time is running out. Why aren't those two 8 year olds asking if leprechauns are real? If they would just figure it out, my job would be so much easier--mostly because I could get them to do it for Avery and I would be off the hook. I am straying from the topic...here's how I made these little cuties:

Step 1: Cut your rainbow striped fabric in a 2 inch strip that is about 10-12 inches long. Fold it in half and stitch along the raw edges using a long, gathering stitch.

Step 2: Gather the strip a little and fold it into a flower design and sew it down OR cut it off so you have a rainbow shape. Fold raw edges in on themselves and glue or sew down.

Step 3: Make a black pot out of a piece of black felt. I just folded a small square in half and then freehand cut it. Glue gold coins or a green shamrock coin onto one side of the felt. Glue this to your flower shape or your rainbow shape.

Step 4 (optional): I added some tulle-like netting that I had leftover from a project years ago. I sewed it like the striped fabric, but without folding it in half. It was really curly and weird to work with, so I just put hot glue on the rainbow part and smushed the green netting where I wanted it to go. Then I added the backing and covered it all up--whew!

Step 5: Cut out a backing for your accessory. I just made a circle for the one and a long, rounded rectangle for the other. The rectangle one lined up with the black pot so it was a little thicker.

Step 6: Glue a clip to the back. I covered the bottom of the clip with felt, too. It isn't the neatest, but I am trying--these hair thingies are all new for me!

And, there it is! Ooooh! Aaaaaaah! Love it! (Quick and easy! Quick and easy!)

On Wednesday, I'll have to update with a picture of whoever decides to wear these.
She will be my favorite daughter all day long!



Two Shades of Pink,  said... March 16, 2010 at 6:28 AM  

I LIKE IT! And I am ashamed to admit I do not even do much for St. Patrick's day and I really should. It is a family thing ...both my grandfather's are full Irish (Incidentally, both grandmothers are full Italian...don't get me mad...hee hee) and this was a big holiday around my home. The most I do is wear green. What a great idea to make clips for the girls to wear. Very inspiring!

Cortnie,  said... March 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

Ya know...great minds think alike ;) http://leftinaugust.blogspot.com/2010/03/good-luck-kiss.html
I love your little pot of gold! What a cute idea!

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