Tuesday 7 June 2011

Upcycling a dress into Hair Accessories

upcycle hair accessories

Above is a photograph of some hair accessories I made using an old blue and white gingham dress.
My eldest daughter wears blue gingham for school so wanted some hair accessories to match. The photograph below shows the dress which I used to make these accessories.
This dress had a stain on the front and was now to small so I decided to cut the dress up and re-use the fabric. As you can see the dress is in strips of fabric, luckily large enough to make headbands. I have posted about headbands previously, if you want a tutorial, here is a link to my 10 minute headband tutorial post.  Below is a photograph of one of the headbands.

I also had quite a lot of fabric scraps, so I decided to make some good use of them too.  I decided to make a flower hairband. I didn't follow any pattern, I just made it up as I went along.  I cut out 16 triangles, and sewed 2 together, making 8 triangles remaining.  I sewed 4 triangles together in a cross shape, so having 2 crosses. Then I placed one cross onto the top of the other and sewed them together. Then I placed a button over the top to hide the joins and stitching.  I then attached (sewed) a hairband to the underneath of the flower.  Below is a photograph of my eldest wearing the flower hairband.

She loves wearing this hairband because it is unique, she knows none of her friends will have the same one!

This upcycling project is great for any of your unwanted fabrics, either because of being too small or has a stain on the front. If I had took this dress to the charity shop, they probably wouldn't even have put it on display, because it had a stain on. Now this dress has a new lease of life!


  1. Great hair accessories - love that star!

    Thanks for linking to my Wednesday blog hop!! Hope you'll come back again next week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Love your blog....Visiting from the Wed. "I ♥ Blogging" hop & now following....wanted to invite you to link up with our "Fun in the Sun" Hop every Monday throughout the summer:


    Each Monday has a different theme....stop by and check it out! ;)

    Now joining YOUR hop!! Thanks for hosting!!

    Blessings to you,
    Jill @ Sweet Diva

  3. ooops.....disregard that last line in the comment above! I had too many pages open at once and got them mixed up ~ still waiting for the coffee to kick in ...ha! ;)

  4. very clever!Have a great weekend my bloggy friend. Hugs♥

  5. super cute! great job! I am visiting from the hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back! Thanks!


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