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the styleberry bow-tique is officially closed. | DIY hair flowers

We call them BFBs in our family. Big ‘effin bows.

& I decided to start making them. Well, not really bows, but those artsy ruffley flowers I love but can’t ever find made ‘just right.’ I sat down one night & started tutorial hunting. My first inspiration was this, and I just had to learn how to do it myself. I had been itching to start crafting & now was the time.

Crafting is like therapy for me. I am most definitely an introvert. a WHAT? I know. Doesn’t seem to make much sense, but a recent discussion in my MOPS small group led to the clarification that extroverts get their energy from other people, while introverts get their energy from time spent solo. I most definitely get rejuvenated when I am all by myself, latte in hand, sirius coffeehouse in the background & with my sewing machine, glue gun & beautiful fabric staring me in the face. It used to be baking (and sometimes still is) but my very fond memories all involve a very strong element of quiet. Quiet time soothes my soul. But productivity brings me joy. Somehow, I have found a really great balance. :)

I am going to link the tutorials I used to make the flowers. I clipped them to Evernote, filed & tagged nicely in my ‘crafts’ folder so I could pull them up on my iPad while I was working. This is quite the system..sosososo nice! caroline was having some independent playtime at my feet on Saturday morning & that is when things got going. Okay…tutorials…

  • For the ruffled flower, I sewed a loose stitch, then gathered as shown here. Then, I basically just hot glued it, right side down, to a circle of felt & followed the circle around. I was inspired here, but made it up as I went along. Then I glued a clip to another small piece of felt & glued the two pieces of felt together to clip on a headband or in the hair later when she has some. ;)
  • For the rolled flower, I used the tutorial here.
  • Red flower was purchased at Hobby Lobby & I just added some lace & a clip–thought it would be cute for the holidays.
  • All fabric & supplies are from Hobby Lobby. Except the linen/orange bow. That is made from remnants of my kitchen curtains!
  • I have a few more different tutorials to try & when I do I will share. :)

Many of you have also asked where I get caroline’s other headbands & they are almost all from local crafters near me or my mom in the Bay Area, or from etsy. Some of my favorite etsy finds are:

  • Stretchy Headbands you can clip stuff onto, found here.
  • Double Layer Crochet Flower, found here & seen on caroline here. Her solid colored crochet flowers are from someone local, and I was so sad that they were not at the recent Holiday Ole Market! :( Looking for crocheters to make me some…I’ll promote you!!
  • Cute felted flowers, found here.
  • & I *just* placed an order for something custom from The Purple Chameleon, for our upcoming family session.

& I prefer detachable flowers. I like that I can clip them to things other than her head, & I do! Sweaters, hair, belts.

But why is the bow-tique closing? Well…this is what caroline thought of my favorite creation of the weekend… :(

so so so so very sad. My friend Rhonda told me I should start treating her bow like part of her anatomy, so that is what we are working on. head, shoulders, knees, & bows…knees & bows… :(((

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  • amy - We must be on the same wave-length…I was totally crafting bows last night…but for me :)

    …and the introvert thing…I’m convinced the LARGE majority of blogging mommies are introverts. I still haven’t figured out why, but they all are when you start looking around….weirdReplyCancel

  • Anne - Love this! I too am slightly obsessed with precious hair accessories. Claire & Caroline must be conspiring against us because she does not keep handbands on either. She does tolerate a clip in her hair so that is what we’ve moved on to. Caroline looks like she’s THIS.CLOSE to having enough hair to hold one of those precious flower clips!! Hoping that does the trick!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea McCown - knees and bows… LOVE IT! I am an introvert too… give me a weekend alone with my sewing machine and scrapbooking supplies, I will be in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • nowlin roberts - I could totally sell those at the salon! See you Tuesday @ 5:30 AM!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - This is too cute, you are quite the bow/flower-maker! Haley has found with Squishy that as long as we distract her right after we put a hat or headband on her she seems to forget it’s there and she won’t take it off. Of course once it moves or her head brushes up against something the gig is up!ReplyCancel

  • Shibahn - Miss Caroline is so adorably fashionable. I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - Hi Shawna- I <3 your site! I am 5 months pregnant and so excited to use many of your tips. I was wondering…what types of clips do you use for the back of your bows/flowers?ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - For the ruffled flower…when you say you glued it onto the felt “right side down” what do you mean?ReplyCancel

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