Tuesday Tutorial: Modern Circle Hair Clip Set

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Aren’t these just to die for? I’m in love with them! I have a niece who is just going into 5th grade, and she thinks she is too old for all those cute bows I’ve been making. She’s also hating on pink right now (seriously?!)  So, I think she’s gonna be loving these little beauties.

And they’re super duper simple to make. I’ll show you!

Materials Needed:

IMG_4814Lined Alligator Clips

Felt Circles

Fabric Covered Centers

Glue Gun

Step One:

Using your hot glue gun, glue one of your fabric covered centers to the middle of one of your felt circles.

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Now just hot glue the piece you just made in the step above to the end of one of your alligator clips.

IMG_4817Easiest little DIY clip in the world, I swear! And don’t you just love it? I did, so I made three!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Mini Felt Circle Flower Headband

 

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Here is our second of four posts on what the heck to do with those felt circles. We know we can use them to attach to the backs of flowers and things, but it’s nice to have more than one use for something, don’t you agree?

Today we’re going to learn how to make these super adorable little mini felt circle flowers. You can use these on headbands or clips, as an embellishment for a card or scrapbook page, on wood craft decor, on a handmade wreath, etc. The craft possibilities are almost endless. But, today, I am going to attach them to a skinny cotton headband.

Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

IMG_430221 Felt Circles–7 each of 3 different colors (the photo shows 6, but I promise you’ll need 7)

Skinny Cotton Headband

Glue Gun

Step One:

Take one of your felt circles and fold it in half, then fold it in half again. (Please ignore the horrifying condition of my nails 🙂 I need a manicure! Lol)

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Step Two:

Hot glue the folded felt circle you just did to one of the flat felt circles you have in the same color.

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Step Three:

Make three more folded felt circles in the same color and hot glue them next to each other on that same flat felt circle you did on step two. DO NOT GLUE THE FOLDS DOWN. Just glue the bottom piece of your fold to the flat felt circle. It will look something like this when the four pieces are glued on there. See how they are lifting a little on top? That is supposed to happen!

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Step Four:

Take your fifth felt circle, fold it in halves like in step one, and glue the corner down into the center of your flower. Wait a few seconds for it to dry, the pinch your ‘flower petals’ a bit to fluff them and make them look more like a flower bud.

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Step Five:

Repeat the above steps to make two more flowers in the other colors you have left.

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Step Six:

Using your hot glue gun, attach the three mini felt flowers you have made to the outside edge of your skinny cotton headband (so the rough, curled edge is inside). Be careful not to burn yourself!

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Step Seven:

Hot glue the last piece of each felt circle to the back of each coordinating flower.

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And, we’re done! Isn’t that just a sweet and simple little headband? So cute!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Small Felt Flower Clip

memeI’ve had a couple of customers ask what they can do with our felt circles besides the obvious (using them for backs to attach flowers to things). So, I thought I’d show you a couple of little projects you can use these beauties for. I’ll post one today, and a few more over the next three weeks, so stay tuned!

Let’s get started on this sweet little felt flower clip.

Materials Needed:

IMG_4277 11 Felt Circles (6 of the bottom color, 5 of the top color)

1 Fabric Covered Center Embellishment (you could also use one of our rhinestone, pearl, or crystal embellishments for a different look)

Lined Double Prong Alligator Clip

Glue Gun

Step One:

Cut down all 5 of the hot pink felt circles so they are just slightly smaller than the green ones that will go under them.

IMG_4278Step Two:

Hot glue the hot pink felt piece inside of the green piece so that one edge nearly touches the edge of the green piece (it can actually touch it, mine just didn’t lol). IMG_4279Step Three:

Squeeze a small amount of hot glue onto the center of the hot pink felt circle close to the edge as shown.

IMG_4281Step Four:

Pinch the bottom edge of your felt circles together as shown above. This will make one flower petal.

IMG_4282Step Five:

Make 4 more pieces just like the one you made above for a total of 5 flower petals.

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Place a small dab of hot glue onto the extra green piece of felt circle (remember you had 6 of this color?). Then quickly place one of your flower petals on top of the glue and hold in place for a few seconds to allow it to dry in place.

IMG_4285Step Seven:

Continue adding petals to the green piece of felt until they are all placed as shown:

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This is what the back should look like at this stage:
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Hot glue the fabric covered center to the middle of your flower.

IMG_4290Step Nine:

Hot glue your flower assembly to your lined alligator clip.

And done! This sweet little clip measures just 1-7/8″ L X 1-5/8″ T. It’s just a darling little hair piece.

IMG_4292Isn’t this so super cute?! I just love it. I can’t wait to send it off to one of you lucky winners lol. Just watch for our Facebook post later this week and make a comment!

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Woodland Fairy Halo Headband

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I think I’m in love with this halo! It is so pretty and fun. This is my niece, Jordyn, and she completely agrees. She had tons of fun playing and modeling this for me. She said she felt like a fairy queen.

Would you like to know how to make some of these for your own daughters, nieces, granddaughters or other little friends? Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

IMG_42106 yards 6″ Emerald Green Tulle

2 yard 6″ Lime Green Tulle

1 yard each 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in 4 colors of your choice (I used shocking pink, light pink, lavender, purple, and lime green)

6 Rolled Rosette Flowers that coordinate with your ribbon choices (I used hot pink, purple, lavender and light pink)

Round Headband Base of some sort (Mine is a bridal halo I got in the bridal section of a craft store a long time ago). If I didn’t have this, I could have easily used a 1/2″ zip tie or something similar.

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Step One:

Cut all of your tulle into about 4″ lengths, then cut those in half so you have two pieces, each 3″ wide. You should have a good size stack of 3″ X 4″ tulle pieces (I had a picture of this step, but I must have deleted it. Woops, sorry!). I’m guessing you’ll have about 140+ pieces. You may not use them all, depending on the size of your halo base, but you will use most.

Step Two:

Begin tying your tulle pieces to your round halo base. I tied a double knot so they won’t come undone.

IMG_4211Continue doing this until you have about 1.5″ left at the end. I tied 4-5 pieces of the emerald green, then 2 pieces of the lime.

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Tie your ribbon pieces into that small 1.5″ section you left open at the end. Then fill in any blank spaces with a bit of tulle.

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Use your hot glue gun to attach three of your rolled rosette flowers over the ribbon tails.

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Step Five:

Hot glue the other three rolled rosette flowers to three evenly spaced spots on your halo as shown below.

 

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Step Six:

Now you just need to trim up your ends on the ribbon and shape/trim the tulle to your liking. I used a lighter to heat seal the ends of the grosgrain ribbon so that they will not fray.

And your done! I think your girls are going to love it! I know Jordyn does!

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Throwback Thursday: No Sew Ribbon Tie Tutu

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This is a tutorial that first went up on the old blog back in April of 2012. This is still a super fun project, and my niece still has her tutu! She loves it. So, without further ado, here are the instructions on how to make this gorgeous beast!

Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu

We’ve decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we’d love to share some ideas with you.

So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. Learning how to make a tutu is really very easy.  There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.

You will need:

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6″ X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle (I used 4 rolls–Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise–that’s a new color! I didn’t end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24″, and the length is approx. 13”.  You can make just a tutu skirt with a shorter length or a tutu dress with a bit of a longer length.  Just measure against the person you wish to make this for.

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8″ Solid Purple Grosgrain)

Scissors

Scrap Piece of Cardboard

Directions:

Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.

Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so I’m not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.

Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Don’t panic. They are supposed to be that long.

Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon.  Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so you’ll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.

Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.

7/8" Grosgrain RibbonTake two pieces of tool and fold them in half creating a loop. Put the loop in back of the ribbon as pictured.

How To Tie a TutuNow take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you don’t want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.

Knotting a TutuContinue to tie knots alternating colors as you wish. I just did a four color alternating pattern, but you can do it however you like.

Tying a TutuWhen you think you have enough tulle tied on your skirt, hold it up to your recipient’s waist and make sure you are done. Then tie another knot in that end of the ribbon to hold the tulle in place.

Now you can just tie a pretty bow in the back, and you are set! Voila, easy peasy inexpensive custom made one of a kind tutu!

I love the colors of this tutu.  I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would  be much easier than you think.  If you just don’t have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.99 each!

Also, if you’re just dying to know how to make that matching hair piece, you can find the tutorial for that here.

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Tuesday Tutorial: Patriotic Shabby Chic Flower Chevron Headband

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband AnnouncementToday you will learn how to make this super quick and easy shabby chic patriotic headband. I’m loving this sweet headband for the upcoming holiday. Baby’s first 4th of July!

Materials Needed:

Navy Blue Shabby Flower

Red/White Dot Fabric Covered Center

Red Felt Circle

Red Chevron Print Fold Over Elastic Headband

Glue Gun

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 1Step One:

Squeeze a small dob of hot glue in the center of the red felt circle. Then, place these circle onto the back center of your flower like so. Be careful not to burn yourself with the glue.

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 2Step Two:

Place another dob of hot glue on the center of the backside on your red/white dot fabric covered center. Then press it into the center front of your shabby flower.

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 4Step Three:

Using your hot glue gun, glue the felt circle on the back of your shabby flower to the fold over loop on the headband as shown below.

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That’s it! An easy and quick headband for the holiday. You could make this in endless color combinations with the variety of flowers and headbands we sell on our site. One for every outfit in your little diva’s closet!

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 7Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

 

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We are looking for a photographer with access to older teens/adult women–preferably dancers as they would need to possess or obtain dancewear such as leotards and tights.
We’d like the adults to be paired with a younger girl around 4-7 years of age.
We’re looking to have some professional looking photographs done with models for our older girl and adult tutus. And some with a “Mommy & Me” feel for the pieces we have that match. This could also turn into a long period relationship for more photography as needed if it works out well.
The adult models would need a white leotard or tight fit t-shirt and/or white dance tights or leggings as the tutus are pretty sheer. We can provide a leotard for the little girls.
Serious inquiries only, please email info@alwaysunderpay.com with the words “Product Photography” in the subject line. Please send some sample photos that you have taken as well as your contact information.
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Tuesday Tutorial: Loopy Ribbon Puff Clip

Isn’t this clip just too cute? I’m loving it! And it is very versatile. Any girl could wear this. Wouldn’t it be too cute as a pom-pom look for a cheerleader? You could even use school colors!

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Materials Needed:

40-50 3″ strips of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (I used 45, 15 each in 3 different colors)

Ribbon Lined Alligator Clip (or any other clip/headband of your choosing)

String/Thread and Needle. My string was about 18″ long.

Lighter

Scrap Piece of Felt

Glue Gun

Scissors

Loopy Ribbon Puff ClipStep One:

Using the lighter, seal all of the edges on each end of the strips of ribbon you have cut. This takes a bit of time, but is worth it. It prevents the ribbon from fraying later.

This photo is a little blurry, and I may have burnt the edge a bit, lol, but you won’t see that later.

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Step Two:

Thread your string through the needle, then tie a knot in the opposite end of the thread. Fold one of your ribbon strips in half and slide onto your needle as shown.

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Step Three:

Slide the ribbon off the needle and onto your string. Continue to do this with each loop of ribbon. I slid them to the end of the string every few pieces so they wouldn’t get in my way.

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Step Four:

Once you have all of the ribbon pieces on your string, push them all tight together at the end of the string like so.

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Step Five:

Tie the two ends of your string together, then clip off the excess length of string. Or, you can sew all of the ribbons together by passing the needle and thread back and forth through the ribbons and then tying off. Since we are going to be securing this puff to a felt circle with hot glue, I didn’t feel that was necessary.

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Step Six:

Using your scissors, cut a circle about 2″ in diameter out of your small piece of felt. It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle. No one will see it when anyone is wearing it 🙂

Then, squeeze a thin layer of hot glue over most of the circle.

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Step Seven:

While the glue is still hot, quickly press the bottom of your loopy ribbon puff (the side with the string knot showing) flat onto the glue side of your felt circle. Hold firmly in place for about 15 seconds to be sure it attaches well.,

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Step Eight:

Hot glue your lined alligator clip to the bottom of the felt circle. And your done! Easy Peasy!

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 12Do you want to win this clip? Just leave a comment on our Facebook post for this clip, and we’ll pick a winner on the morning of Tuesday, June 9th!

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