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Wool Felt Hair Accessories for Baby

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I keep seeing Wool Felt used to make hair accessories.  I have used polyester felt for hair clips (like here) but never wool.  I wanted to try it out with hair accessories, so I ordered some colorful wool felt pieces to experiment with.  And I’m so glad I did.  It’s so nice and cozy, doesn’t seem to fray a fuzz up like the polyester felt and seems like the perfect choice for those little newborn heads.
So shortly before our little girl arrived, I made her a few hair lovelies.  Oh, because I love a little baby with a simple little bow or flower of some sort.  It just girly’s her right up.
This way, no one will mistake her for a him.
Because yeah, that happens often with these itty bitty newborns.
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So I created a few accessories that I can attach to a headband……..or just attach right to her head. 
(Some use ky jelly, others use karo syrup……….and some people use white school glue.  Just add a small dot of one of these to the back of the flower, place on head, and allow to dry.  Use a little water to dissolve any of the three to loosen up the flower when done, and remove.)
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The flowers and little bows sit so nice and pretty atop a newborn head.
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Something about it makes me smother this child with kisses.
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But if you’d rather place them on a headband, attach them to some super soft fold over elastic.
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Whatever you choose, your little lady will look incredibly sweet.
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Would you like to make some of your own wool felt accessories?
(These are great for any aged girl.  Each of these accessories shown can be placed on clips for thicker hair.)
First, here are the little flower cutouts that I drew and cut out to make my little accessories.  They are a little uneven and shaky in some spots……but all flowers are a little different, right? :)
(You are welcome to use these for your own personal use.  Not to be made and then sold for profit. Click on picture and then copy and save to your computer.  Open in a document and reduce your margins to zero.  Expand to 100% and print.)
**But, get creative and design more shapes and headband styles if you’d like.  And look around in stores or on little baby/girl heads as you walk around in public.  You may just get inspired.
As for supplies:
I bought some beautiful wool felt here.  They sell it in a nice variety of colors and is fantastic quality.  (You can use synthetic felt too……but wool felt holds up a lot better and is nice and soft.)
I bought the fold over elastic hereWhat is fold over elastic? It’s a really soft elastic that is used for underwear and knitwear.  So it’s not like your normal elastic you buy at the fabric store.  In fact, I have never seen this stuff at the fabric store……but I could be wrong.  This shop offers the elastic in a nice variety of colors and works great on those soft and sensitive little heads.

**Update: I was informed that the shop where I purchased the elastic has sold out of what she had listed.  I imagine she will add more soon…….but until then, go check out the comment section of this post.  A link to another shop was shared where you can purchase similar elastic.

For this first flower, I used the shapes from row 1 of the pattern page.  I cut out one of each of the 3 shapes of flowers out of the wool felt.  And then I cut one of the leaf shape in a different color of wool felt.
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Then I stacked the 3 flower shapes on top of each other.  Then I put the leaf shape on the bottom, allowing the tips of the leaves to poke out.  Lastly, I hand-stitched a little pearl to the center of the flower, making sure to stitch through all of the layers of felt…..securing it all in place.
For the next flower, I cut out 10 of the flower shape from row 2 of the pattern page.  I also cut an oval shape of felt to be able to sew the flowers to.  You can make this flower cluster more circular-shaped or make it oval like I did.
Then, begin attaching each flower to your felt backing, making a small X shape in a contrasting thread color.
Continue adding your little flower shapes…
……..until you have covered your felt backing piece.
Then cut out 4 of the leaf shape from row 2 on the pattern page.
Attach the leaves to the back of the felt backing piece with your needle and thread……….
…………..and then cut out another piece of felt to cover up the back.  Either use hot glue to seal it all together or make a few stitches with your needle and thread to secure it in place.
For the last flower, I cut out 4 of the flower shape from row 3 from the pattern page above. And then I cut out 1 circle and 2 leaf shapes from the shapes from row 3 of the pattern page.
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First, I attached the two leaves to the front of the circle backing piece.
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Then, one at a time, I folded each of the flower shapes in half, then in half again…
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……then positioned each folded piece in one quarter of the circular backing piece.
Continue adding each folded flower piece to the circular backing piece…..covering up the base of the leaves.  Keep your stitches really close to the center, making sure to go through the folded layers, keeping the flowers folded a bit.
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After letting go of the folded flowers, they should pop right up, creating a nice full flower.
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And last, the little wool felt bow.  I cut narrow strips of the felt…
The sizing of this bow varies.  It just depends on how big/small/narrow/wide you’d like your little bow.

I first folded the longer strip into a flat cirlce and then placed another strip (with pointy ends) behind it.  Then I hand-stitched those layers together.

Then I grabbed the last strip and attached one end to the back center of the bow….
Then wrapped it around the front……and then to the back and then hand-stitched the other end securely to the back as well.
If you wrap the center piece semi-tight, it will help the center pucker just a bit.
Then attach your flowers to clips or plastic headbands………..or to some super soft fold over elastic (like I explained above).  If using elastic as your headband, just hand-stitch the flowers on with a needle and thread.  Otherwise, I would use hot glue to attach to a plastic headband or metal clip.
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And enjoy!
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    just tried this- ended up looking really cute, thanks :)

  2. onel says:

    What a precious collection of felt clips! They are so pretty and so cuteeee!!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    OMG simply adorable! :) Great job! Jen @ http://www.sweetbabybowtique.com

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  12. redis says:

    I loved making some of these crafts.

  13. kelli says:

    These are darling. I have got to tell you about a product that holds these bows and flowers on better than anything else!!! Girlie Glue! It is all natural and super sticky. Holds all day and then washes off easily with water! Try it and you will never use the other things again! It is amazing stuff!

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  15. Kate says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on making felt flowers. I am going to start making these for my daughter. They are soo pretty!

  16. Carmen says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. What do you use to stick the bow on baby’s head?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Adorable! You know, it would be A LOT easier if you bought a die cutting machine and die cuts! I bought my “Big Shot” on amazon! It is a must for any mommy with girls!

  18. Elisa says:

    Hi I love your ideas! please, can you tell me if you know how is the name of some headbands like fold over elastic but they’re made of ribbon, like ribbon, hope you can tell me, and sorry for my poor english!

  19. Jorida Allison says:

    Thank yo for sharing! Love these pretties!

  20. Lis says:

    How did you cut the flowers so perfect? I’m making some flower barets for my cousins daughter and they look terrible.

  21. Liz says:

    I love your wool felt hair bows and headbands. Your instructions and pictures are very detailed and look easy to follow. Can’t wait to try making some of these!

  22. Townmonkey says:

    aww, makes me all gooey so cute. And I’d never thought to stick a flower directly onto her little head. Sugar syrup doesn’t sound bad, glue a bit but sugar I can do.

  23. neha says:

    hi ashley,
    i went to Michaels to find fold over elstic but cldnt find one..can u tell me shld i say to them or at joanns to buy this kind of elastic…

  24. Jessica says:

    Congratulations, you have this gift from God, keep using it, thank you for sharing all your creations. Thank you

  25. Josefin says:

    Hi!
    I wonder, how do you attach the felt flowers to your baby´s hair?
    Is a clip?

    By the way wonderful things you do and a great website!

  26. Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial & flowers. I recently used them for a wreath & also made a few for my daughter. I made mention of your tut in a recent post. Come check it out: https://mypollitos.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/lovely-lavender-wreath-try-that-tuesday/

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  27. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for the flower tutorial print-out. I was actually looking this past weekend for a good print out and WOW you posted this! Thanks so much! I love your ideas and blog, please keep it coming. I always feel so inspired after reading your blog.

  28. Allicia says:

    THANK YOU! I had NO IDEA how to attach a bow to my baby’s head!! I wanted to put bows on her so bad, but if she’s anything like me she will stay very nearly bald for the first 2 years of her life!

  29. Jill says:

    Adorable! Thank you.

  30. Brie says:

    Thank you so much for your free tutorial. You are really talented and I am so grateful that you offered these easy to follow instructions. I love all of the little headbands I was able to make for my little gal.

  31. conniecrafter says:

    These are so sweet!!

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    Thank you for sharing – so many want to keep this knowledge under their caps!

  33. Christa says:

    I love all your patterns and designs. You have inspired me with with several of your ideas.

  34. Mari says:

    I love your website. I´m living en Spain , but I´m from Brasil. I don´t now how to make this beautiful arts, but in you site it seems so easy..I´m 7 and half months pregnant and i´m making some things for my baby girl.
    Thank you so much!!

  35. Erin says:

    I love these!! Trying to make some now,but was wondering what type of thread you used for flowers. Having difficulty using regular thread and needle from sewing kit to go through layers of felt. Thank you!!

  36. Krish says:

    Loved this idea! Thank you for sharing.

  37. Rachel says:

    Thank you for this tute. I just made a pink hydrangea clip for my daughter. I am thrilled with how it turned out. Thank you!

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  39. Emma says:

    first time visiting your blog… I found you off pinterest… went out today and bought the items… just made my first one

    thank you so much

  40. Lauren says:

    This is AWESOME! Exactly the embellishment I was looking for to decorate some felted baby shoes. :) Thank you!

  41. abby says:

    So adorable!!!

  42. Kelly Green says:

    I love this tutorial, they look very complicated to make when you see just the finished product.

  43. Ct says:

    hi ashley..you’ve done a super awesome job!i really adore them so much!by the way where to find the super soft fold over elastic that is colorful like you hev?do you supply them?i would love to buy some for my craft project..thanks!

  44. jennifer says:

    I sell all kinds and colors of Fold Over Elastic at wholesale prices!! :))

  45. Dusti says:

    I loved making some of these crafts. I linked back to you on my blog: https://wanttogetcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/08/knee-surgery-crafts.html

  46. Kala says:

    Is there a pattern for the bows?

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