Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Ruffled Hair Clips from Sugar Bee Crafts

  I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush... 
  Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts! 

In my eyes, she is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
 I think Mandy's blog is so fun, especially because she is so creative! She was one of the first bloggers to reach out to me and feature anything from my blog when I started it last year. Ever since then, I've had a special place in my heart for her blog. It is kind of an unbelievable dream come true that she is actually here, on my blog, doing a guest post for me! Thanks so much Mandy, you're such a doll! :)

 Today, she is showing us how to make these fun, girly ruffle hair clips.

  But first, here are a few reasons why I have "fallen in love" with her blog.

Mandy, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}

Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!
Hi everyone! I am Mandy and I blog over at Sugar Bee Crafts.  It's awesome over there so you should go check it out :)

I can't believe I'm being labeled as a "Sewlebrity" - kinda crazy!!  My favorite way to sew things is whichever way is easiest!  I love simple projects that don't take long to accomplish.  I love trying new things in easy ways.  Along those lines, I want to share a Ruffled Hairclip with you today.  It's a great way to try ruffling if you've never done it before - try something new!

First, you'll need just a few things:
--hairclips - I use the Salon Alligator clips - buy them at a beauty supply store in bulk and they're cheaper
--scrap fabric
--sewing machine, etc
--hot glue gun

Rip the fabric into strips - you'll need 2 strips but I show 4 because I made 2 clips (a matching set in case of pigtails) - one strip of fabric is about 1 inch wide and the other is about 3/4 wide.  They'll need to be about 6-7 inches long.
 Layer the skinnier strip on top of the wider strip, as shown:

Now the fun part - ruffling!  You'll want to increase the stitch length on your sewing machine to as big as it'll go - mine is set to "4.0" - - then sew right down the middle of the stack of strips.  Don't backstitch at the front or back or your sewing.

The long stitch makes the fabric easier to gather and create a ruffle.  Hold a thread (either the top or bottom - it shouldn't matter) and push the fabric so it'll slide along the thread, as shown:

 Once it's all gathered in the middle (the ends don't need to be too gathered) put a generous line of hot glue on the backside and attach your clip:
Then wrap the ends around and glue those down as well, as shown:

 Cut any excess strings, and that's it!!  You learned to gather to make a ruffle - congrats!  And it makes a super cute clip!

Even for grown-ups....
Hope to see you over on my blog, - there's lots more fun where this came from!

Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop.
Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1!

1 comment:

Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!
♥Rach H