Tuesday, May 5, 2015

༺ How To DIY Your Own Vintage Hair Tie ༻

Remember the vintage styled hair tie I debuted in this outfit post?  Today I want to show you how to make your own version of this cute hair accessory! This tutorial is great if you have a hankering to try sewing, and would like a simple, easy project to begin with.

If you already have sewing skills, you can just download the free pattern for The Vintage Bow Hair Tie and jump right in!  {Note: You still might want to skip down to the end for the giveaway however!   ♡~ (^ ε ^) }


Materials you will need:

  • Fabric:  92cm (36.5”) x 12cm (4.75”)  or  46cm (18.5”) x 24cm (9.5”)  
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern
  • Pins

Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern:  Download here 


How to make your own Vintage Hair Tie:


Step One:  Print out Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern twice, and cut out pattern pieces. There should be four in all.


Step Two:  Join pattern pieces together as indicated.  The broken line tabs should go under the un-broken line tabs.  The last piece of the pattern, the rounded tip piece will have to be upside down to sit correctly.  The pattern should end up looking like a very long canoe!


Step Three:  Fold your fabric over and place pattern on top.


Step Four:  Slide any excess fabric back under so that the raw edge of the fabric is under the bottom edge of the pattern, and the fold of the fabric under the top edge of the pattern. This way, when you cut the fabric, there will be very little waste.


Step Five:  Cut fabric.

(Option): If you have the smaller width of fabric you can ‘piece’ this pattern together by cutting HALF of the pattern TWICE as shown above.


You should end up with a piece like the one on top if you cut the whole pattern, or two pieces like the ones on the bottom if you cut half of the pattern twice.


Step Six (Option for pieced pattern):  If you have pieced the pattern, put the right side {the bright side of the print} of the fabric together and pin.


Step Seven (Option for pieced pattern):  Sew along the straight edge to join the two pieces of fabric together.  Allow 1/4” to 1/2’'” for the seam allowance.


Step Eight:  Fold the fabric in half ~ right sides together.



Step Nine:  Starting at one end, allowing 1/2” for the seam allowance, sew along the outside edge of the fabric.  (Option):  You can sew this seam by machine, or by hand.


Step Ten:  Leave a 1 1/2” gap at the opposite end to pull the fabric through the right way.


Step Eleven:  Pull the fabric from the inside of the tube, turning it the right way out.


Step Twelve:  Press flat with an iron.


Step Thirteen:  Tuck the raw edge of the gap in and press.


Step Fourteen:  Thread needle, and sew up gap. Start off by passing the needle from inside the fabric tube to the outside, so that the knot end stays hidden inside. You can use the “Stitch in the Ditch” technique to hide your hand sewing, as explained below.


The idea behind the “Stitch in the Ditch” technique is to hide your stitches inside the seam, such that you cannot see the stitches once you have finished.  To stitch in the ditch, you pass the needle through the fabric that is tucked INSIDE the gap, and repeat a little further along on the opposite side.  Continue up the sides until the gap is ‘bridged’ by the rows of stitches.


The hand sewing sits below the crease made by pressing the raw edges in, and when you pull it tight, it closes the gap and hides the stitches.  Knot your work, and pass the needle down into the seam and out through the fabric. Pull the thread taunt when you snip, and the tail of the thread will pull back and disappear into the inside of your fabric tube.  Invisible stitches!


Step Fifteen:  Enjoy your new vintage-inspired hair tie!  A fabulous accessory for those ‘around the house’ days to keep your hair out of your face, or when you are fancied up for day out in your favourite dress.  Make a new one every time you sew up a project and you can have co-ordinated hair and wardrobe!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own vintage hair tie. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out. 

As always, I’d love to see your creations so please do let me know about them ~ you can share by leaving a comment or link to a blog post, tweet a picture @bjvear or share on Instagram by mentioning @missbjvear, or hashtag #DIYLavenderandTwill so I can take a peek!


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Now for the exciting part:


For those of you that don’t like sewing, you have a chance to win your own version of the Vintage Hair Tie in this sweet floral print!

~ Giveaway Details ~

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. You must be a follower of Lavender & Twill to enter {no unfollowing after the giveaway ends please!}, and you can earn additional entries in several ways.

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This giveaway is open internationally, and will be open until Sunday, May 31st at 12:00 AM (GMT +10). The winner will be chosen at random through the widget and will be contacted via e-mail by Tuesday, June 2nd {so be sure to use a valid e-mail address}. The winner must respond within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Thanks for entering and best of luck!

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  1. Emily's Vintage VisionsMay 5, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    What a lovely tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
    Emily's Vintage Visions

  2. Esther @ Dolly CreatesMay 6, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    I'm SO going to make one!!! I love it! I was hoping you would post a pattern and tutorial for your hair tie! I can't wait to make it, and when I do, you can be sure it will be blogged about. Thanks for sharing it!!

  3. This is just adorable! What a fun craft. I'm trying to get up to speed with my sewing skills, and this looks like the perfect project. I will have to give this a try.

  4. Sweet! I think you'll do great with it. :)

  5. That's so awesome, I'm glad you like it! I can't wait to see how yours turn out Esther. :D

  6. My pleasure, I hope you find it easy to use. :)

  7. You do such thorough tutorials with such lovely photos! Beautiful work :)

  8. This is so fabulously cool! Lovely, super easy to follow tutorial, sweet Bonita. Thank you so much for sharing both it and this fun giveaway with us.

    I really adore this post and plan to include it in a future edition of my Vintage Link Love (end of the month) post.

    ♥ Jessica

  9. Thank you so much Tanith! I really try very hard to make them clear, because even though I know what I'm doing I want to make sure that other people can follow along!

  10. Ah, thank you Jessica! I feel like it is such an honor to be selected for your awesome link round up. :)

  11. Great tutorial - shame I can't sew!! CC x

  12. Well, that's what the giveaway's good for right? ; )

  13. Such a good, clear tutorial. I am making myself a dress and have some spare fabric so will be giving one a go.

  14. Your vintage hair tie is so beautiful! Your choice of fabric is perfect and I really like how you finish all the edges off wonderfully. Looks so professional!


  15. Thank you so much Rebecca. It's wonderful to meet you! :)

  16. Hannah BatchelderMay 13, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    This would be a great first or beginning sewing project. :) I really ought to get more into sewing, and this would be a good place to start.

  17. I was hoping that this tutorial might inspire someone to give sewing a go! It really is very straight forward, and hopefully you'll enjoy the results if you do decide to give a whirl. :D

  18. Hannah BatchelderMay 14, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Yes, please do! :D

  19. You're totally welcome, my dear. Watch for it the entry at the end of June.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica



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