From the moment I lied eyes on this street style shot, I knew I needed a little leather bow for my hair. The look is fresh, fun, and playful… but the tan leather keeps it from being over-the-top girly. (Funny enough, I’m not much of a bow girl myself… I never thought I’d see myself rocking a bow in my hair until I saw this photo.) It’s a fairly straightforward + simple DIY, and so much fun to wear.
– One 80mm Barrette
Full tutorial, after the break.
Start by gluing the fabric to the back of the faux leather. The purpose here is to cover up the rather unsightly white backing. You can feel free to skip this step, though I think it lends a nice touch.
Pat the fabric to the leather, smoothing out any creases or wrinkles.
Trim away any excess remnants of fabric.
Apply a thick line of glue to one of the ends.
Fold over, forming a loop. Press firmly, and allow to dry.
Once dry, flip your loop over and apply a drop of glue.
Fold like an accordion, as demonstrated below.
To secure your folds, tie your twine around the center of the bow. Give it a firm tug, double knot, and trim the ends.
And glue… pressing firmly to secure.
Allow to dry, and then flip it over. Take the barrette, center it on the bow, and figure out where you want it to lie. Using a marker, make a dot where you want the holes on the barrette to go on your bow.
Using a needle and thread, carefully sew the bow to the barrette. Note that you can glue it, but I found that glue would be difficult + messy – and result in a lower-quality end product. If you do decide to glue it, I’d recommend using hot glue so that you can instantly attach the bow to the barrette.
And voila… the finished result!
All images by Stripes & Sequins, except the top image.