Best DIY Hair Accessories

DIY HairLadies, like makeup, we accumulate a ton of hair stuff. Blow dryers, curling irons (of different sizes and shapes because there is a difference between a wand and an iron), hair creme, hair mousse, anti-friz, heat protector, hair spray, bobby pins…and more bobby pins. That doesn’t even cover the hair accessories! I used to rock a pixie cut. In order to “dress it up,” I would put flower barrettes or sparkly clips in my hair. It was super adorable, a lot of times they were difficult to find without going into the kids’ section at the store. Kids get to have all the fun, right? Wrong! Why should you let retail dictate what you get to wear? You should be making your own clips. And you should also be making these easy hair accessories for you and your child. They will save you money and you can cater to your taste.

Personally, I’ve always adored cute headbands. I have very thick, wavy hair that gets unruly pretty quick. These headbands are the best in the business because you get to make them yourself! My favorite is the upcycled scarf because I have so many scarves that I would hate to get rid of, but can’t wear anymore. In the list below, there is a mixture of both kid and adult craft tutorials. I encourage you to check out both kinds because you never know when inspiration will strike! You can adapt each to your own style and preference.


Featured Hair Pieces


Frozen Elsa HatOkay, so this isn’t quite a hair accessory, it’s a straight up hat, but it is too cute to pass. This Frozen Elsa hat will be a great gift to make for your child who adores the Disney movie. She will love the soft yarn and the long braid that would go perfectly with an Elsa costume. Check out these other Frozen inspired costumes for more cool fun!








Crochet Hair Band

I am constantly on the go. That’s why I love this easy braided headband. It pulls back all the fly-away-hairs and it is adjustable as it gets stretched. These are a 10-minute craft, so you can make one of these DIY headbands in every color.







Beach Pebble BarretteAnd then there’s some days where you want to put your hair up, but, you know, society dictates you look put-together at work (who makes these rules), and you want to go half-up, half-down. This barrette craft is a great homemade hair accessory for when you are looking for a statement piece without too much effort.




Check Out More Best DIY Hair Accessories

Frozen Elsa Hat Crochet Pattern

Back to School Hair Bows

Beaded Victorian Hair Comb

Marbled Silk Hair Bands

Frozen DIY Hair Accessories

Frozen Inspired Headband

Sparkly Hair Clips

Frozen Elsa Crown

10-Minute Crochet Headband Pattern

Scrap Fabric Rosette Barrette

Beach Pebble Barrette

Floral DIY Hair Accessories

Scrap Fabric Rosette

Upcycled Scarf Headband

How to Make Hair Accessories

Colorful Braided Headband

What is your favorite hair accessory?

18 Fabric Flower Crafts To Brighten Winter Days

When the weather is just barely above freezing, it’s hard to think about flowers. In fact, it’s during this time of year that  you begin to forget what warm weather feels like and pretty flowers look like. It’s easy to let the cold and dreary temperatures bring you down, but what you might not know is that there are so many crafty ways to channel spring no matter the time of year.

With a little fabric (this is a great way to use up scraps!), you can create posies to wear, display and show off.

18 Fabric Flower Crafts To Brighten Winter Days


How to Make Fabric Flowers

Scrap Fabric Rosette Barrette – If you want to add DIY fabric flowers to your look, create these homemade barrettes. This is a quick and easy project that’s perfect for beginners and young crafters.

Ribbon Flower Pins – Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and rock one of these delicious flower accessories.

Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flowers – When you have an old t-shirt on hand, there’s no need to invest in fabric. In fact, that’s all you need to get started on this pretty project.

Coffee Stained Roses – The next time you spill coffee on a white shirt, make one of these flowers. In just minutes, you can turn stained fabric into DIY fabric flowers.

Mitzi’s Fabric Flowers – Chose assorted fabric scraps to make your flowers really stand out. Find ow to make fabric flowers that work on their own or as part of a bouquet.

Strip Fabric Flower – In just eight simple steps, you can learn how to make a fabric flower that looks unlike anything else. All you need is muslin to get started on this project.

Charming Hair Flower – Little girls will love sporting this delightful flower in her hair. DIY fabric flowers are always in season, so have her wear one when the weather is freezing.

No Sew Fabric Flower Bouquet – No needle? No problem! Use hot glue to construct your own fabric flowers.

Fabric Flower Bouquet – When it comes to this bouquet, the more fabric scraps you have, the better! If you’re making fabric flowers, why stop with one?


Even More DIY Fabric Flowers

Dyed Ribbon Flower – Use white ribbon to design your own one-of-a-kind flower. While you’re at it, make a whole bouquet!

Ric Rac Rose Rings – A little bit of ric rac can make a huge difference with this innovative jewelry project.

Multiple Use Fabric Flowers – The name says it all – you can do so much with these DIY fabric flowers!

Outstanding Organza Flowers – If you have a needle and thread, you can create your own version of this elegant project. Learn how to make a fabric flower that’s both delicate and dainty.

Stamped Fabric Flower Garden – The button embellishment take these free DIY fabric flowers to a whole other level. Make a bunch and use them as a display on your table.

Quilt Scrap Flowers – Don’t throw out that old quilt! Instead, use the fabric to create personalized flowers.

Roses, Ribbon & Chain Bib Necklace – Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve – it’s all about flowers on your neck. Once you find out how to make fabric roses, you’ll never want the real thing again.

Burst of Color Fabric Flowers – No-sew fabric flowers are perfect for non-sewers. Pick colorful fabric so your posies stand out.

Radiant Ruffled Blossom Bouquet – Start with basic white cotton fabric and use dye to turn each flower into a unique piece of art.


What’s your favorite flower?



The Giveaway to “DIY” For + Sassy Striped Crochet Headband


This month we’re celebrating 15 New DIY Crafts from some fantastic companies. Each day we will be featuring one of these projects along with a giveaway to help you craft your heart out.

Sassy Striped Crochet Headband

Sassy Striped Crochet HeadbandAny girl is sure to love wearing this Sassy Striped Crochet Headband around town. Not only is it super easy to crochet, but it’s also fun to wear. Multicolored stripes create a fun design and the crocheted bow gives this DIY hair accessory the perfect feminine touch. Use Lion Brand Bonbons yarn to work up this beginner crochet pattern. The headband and bow are crocheted separately and then sewn together at the end.

Crochet Patterns, Painting Ideas, and More:  15 New DIY Crafts
You can find this project, as well as many other DIY crafts, in our new Crochet Patterns, Painting Ideas, and More: 15 New DIY Crafts free eBook. Download your own free copy today!



Enter to win today’s prize

Today’s prize is a variety of Lion Brand Yarns. Included in the prize is a set of Bon Bons (Party), Unique Yarn, Fettuccini yarn, Heartland Yarn, Thick & Quick Yarn, and two pom poms.



In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Like the AllFreeCrochet Facebook page here, AND
  2. Like the Lion Brand Facebook page here, AND
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

What types of accessories do you like to crochet?

todays winner1 The Giveaway to DIY For   All Seasons Crocheted Drink Cozies

Thank you all for participating in yesterday’s giveaway! Congratulations to Laurin C. who answered “I love crocheting baby blankets, booties, stuffed animals, scarves and hats, mittens. I have also crocheted and donated hats for cancer patients and babies/premies. I also crochet flowers / appliques to decorate items with.”

To see the current giveaway, please check our giveaway schedule.


Don’t forget to enter The Giveaway to “DIY” For! Filled with more than $700.00 worth of amazing prizes from 15 companies, this is the ultimate way to get crafting this month! The deadline to enter is May 23, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The Giveaway to "DIY" For!


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the AllFreeCrochet and the Lion Brand Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, May 15th, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

DIY Accessories: Easy Patterns for Hair Accessories and More

The most fun part of getting ready for school, work, a date, or a night at home by yourself (because you deserve well-dressed company too) is accessorizing. With all the necklaces, hair clips, scarves, and belts there are to choose from, accessorizing is the time when your creativity really gets to shine.

Unfortunately, we all know this is the part of getting ready that can also really dig deep into your bank account. The good news is, with all the free sewing tutorials for homemade accessories you can use, there’s no need to shell out at a boutique for fabulous jewelry and headbands. The 15 easy sewing projects below are great places to start for ideas on how to expand your collection of accessories without having to whip out your checkbook.

Fast Fabric Flower EmbellishmentHow to Make a Fabric Flower

Flowers are always in style, even if they’re not in bloom. Check out these fabric flower tutorials to learn how to sew an accessory that really does it all. You can add these adorable flowers onto just about anything. Use them to embellish a sweater or to jazz up a headband. Maybe you want to put a fabric flower on a hair tie or on a bracelet. No matter how you use this DIY accessory, you’re sure to love the sweetness this adornment adds to any ensemble.

Easy Faux Flower Pin

Easy Ribbon Flower Accessory

Fast Fabric Flower Embellishment

Scrappy Fabric Flower

Easy Rosette WristletHow to Make a Wristlet

When you head out for the day, you don’t want to lug around an enormous purse just to carry a couple of items. These tutorials will show you how to make a wristlet you’ll love to break out when all you need is your phone, keys, and some cash. These thrifty DIY accessories are all stylish and budget-friendly. Gather up your favorite materials and sew them all.

Easy Rosette Wristlet

Embroidered Fabric Wristlet

Zippered Rainbow Wristlet


Patterned Jacquard HeadbandDIY Hair Accessories

You don’t have to spend a great deal of money to add an easy pop of color to your hair. Headbands are a comfortable, classic, and simple way to add an extra touch of style to your hair on a budget. These four tutorials are perfect for anyone who is interested in sewing DIY hair accessories that are guaranteed to grab everyone’s attention.

Embellishment Ribbon Headband

Lace Headband with a Bow

Patterned Jacquard Headband

Ruffles and Frills Scrappy Wrapping Headband

Lacy Infinity ScarfDIY Scarf Patterns

Perhaps you like to finish off an outfit with a fabulous scarf. Check out these tutorials to learn how to make a scarf that you will — without a doubt — love. Don’t waste money on retail merchandise when you can make your own DIY scarf to your exact taste. Maybe you’ll want to bring down the cost even more by refashioning clothes you already have for these tutorials.

Convertible Scarf and Shawl

Floral Scarf from Dress

Lacy Infinity Scarf

Ruffled Cascading Scarf

What is your favorite DIY accessory to sew?

33 DIY Hair Accessories You’ll LOVE!

Summer is a great time to add a little flair to your hair, and with this collection of How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories, the newest free eBook from, you’ll be able to create fun summertime headbands, barrettes, and clips that are great for girls of all ages. Best of all, several of these projects can be made in an hour or less…and oftentimes with materials that you probably have on hand already! So pull out that junk drawer and get ready to turn all those little odds and ends into cute and fashionable hair accessories that you can wear the whole year through!


DIY Hair Bows

Wondering how to make bows to suit your style?  This eBook has a whole section of hair bows in a variety of styles. This collection of cute hair accessories includes bows that are suitable for babies, teenagers, and even adults. Attach them to bobby pins or glue one to a headband.

These Sweet Vintage Bows are great no-sew accessories that are great for everyone. There are several ways you can use and embellish these bows and they’re so easy and fun to make that you’ll soon find yourself with an adorable bow in every color of the rainbow!



Download your free copy of How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories today!



Easy to Make Hair Clips and Hair Pins

Fashion Hair PinsThe great thing about the hair pins in 33 DIY Hair Accessories is that several of them can be made with items you may have in your home already. Have a collection of beloved vintage buttons you just can’t bear to use on a sweater? Do you have a broken charm or earring that is beyond the point of repair? Repurpose those small items and turn them into one of these do-it-yourself hair clips.

These Fashion Hair Pins lend themselves perfectly to this technique. Made with a collection of decorative brads and buttons, these easy-to-make hair clips are great for girls of all ages and can be ready to wear in no time.


Download your free copy of How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories today!



Easy Headbands to Make

Headbands come in all different sizes and materials, and they can be made with almost anything in your craft box. This Tee Shirt Braided Headband is made using an old tee shirt and a simple crocheted flower. Perfect for kids and adults alike, these hair accessories are easy to make and a fun way to add some color to your outfit. Mix and match designs and colors so you always have something fun to wear, no matter what the season!


Download your free copy of How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories today!



Floral Hair Wear

You can have fun all year round with these do-it-yourself hair accessories. Brighten up your wardrobe all year long with these flower themed DIY hair accessories.

This Charming Hair Flower is a beautiful accessory to wear in your hair, on a purse, or as a pin on your jacket. Made with a variety of fabric scraps, this DIY hair accessory is great for the spring and summer, and perfect for brightening up your wardrobe in the winter months, as well.


Download your free copy of How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories today!



Other Cute Hair Accessories

DIY hair accessories go way beyond just bows, clips, and headbands. There are tons of other fun accessories that you can wear in your hair to help add some color and style to your wardrobe.

These adorable Vintage Fascinator Hats have been all the rage since the airing of the Royal Wedding. These hats are great to wear to parties, weddings, balls, and even for Halloween. They’re easy to make and fun to show off and you can find out how to make 3 different varieties in our free eBook, 33 DIY Hair Accessories.


From colorful bows to easy-to-make headbands and hair pins, the projects in this eBook are great for girls of all ages, and are perfect for gift-giving or making for yourself to enjoy! Download your free copy of How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories today!

Link Love: Girly Hair Bows

Like that old song says, I enjoy being a girl. I’ve definitely had my tomboy moments, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself drawn to pretty accents like polka dots and bows. I’ve even been known to stick a bow in my hair – I’m sure my mom would sigh loudly after many years of forcing me to stick one on my ponytail. Though my personal style has grown and changed over the years, my love of girly hair accessories has always remained the same.

Luckily, there isn’t one kind of hair bow to wear or, more importantly, make. You can crochet, knit, sew or simply glue a bow and wear it for a fun and unexpected look. Crochet Hair Bows are surprisingly easy to make – in fact, they’re a great beginner project. You can make one in an hour, so they’re perfect for crafting in front of the television (or poolside). Be sure to use different yarn colors so you can match your bow to your outfit. If you aren’t adept with a hook and yarn, grab a glue gun and ribbon. Back to School Hair Bows look great in a little girls’ hair and will help her get excited for the first day of class. Older girls will love the look of an oversized No Sew Hair Bow. The exaggerated look is straight out of the eighties! For this project, you can recycle an old, ill-fitting t-shirt to save on fabric.

Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in the middle, you can’t go wrong when you throw a DIY bow in your hair before you head out the door. This is a fun way to show off your personal style and make a statement.

  1. Delicate Pearl Bow Hair Accessories from Minted Strawberries
  2. Bluebell Headband & Bow from My Favorite Things
  3. Hair Bows From Denim Scraps from Salute to Cute
  4. DIY Leather Bow from Kathy Pham
  5. Floppy Bow Headband from Sew and the City
  6. DIY Bow Hair Ties from Little Inspirations
  7. Crochet Bow from Hopping Still
  8. Mini Seersucker Bow Hair Ties from Buzz Mills
  9. Bows Headband from Onelmon

Create Simple Felt Hair Bows For A Mini Fashionista


This project is brought to you by Latrice Murphy for Any Occasion.

Today I’m  making something any little girl would love – mini felt bow hair clips!


  • Felt
  • Die or a cutting template to cut by hand
  • Die cutting machine
  • E6000 glue
  • Silver clips
  • Buttons


First off, you want to start off with your felt and die. You’ll need to trim your felt down to fit in whatever machine your cutting on. No need to do that if you’re using a template and hand cutting. Run it through using the correct plate sandwich for thin dies.

Next up gather your other materials and get ready to assemble.

Using the tiniest drops of glue, fold your bow into its shape. Tacking it in the center and then adding the tail and wrapping the center.

Lastly add your button to the center and add the bow to your clip. I always sandwich the clip with a small rectangle piece of felt to hold it tight.


Lovely in Lace: DIY Lacey Sewing Projects

Is it just me or does adding lace to something make it more elegant, lovely and feminine? Phew, I knew you’d agree. It’s really no wonder the lace craze has hit the runways and the sidewalks alike. Everyone wants to add lace to their clothing and accessories because it’s a simple way to embellish without overdoing it. Not to mention, using lace for your summer sewing projects gives them that easy, breezy feel.

If you’re looking to create lace sewing projects that are sure to impress this summer, check out our ideas below. I’ve rounded up some of the coolest lace ideas and added them to AllFreeSewing so you have access to these free lace patterns.


Lace Clothing:


Tablecloth Lace Skirt: Yes, this adorable skirt for girls or women is actually made from a vintage tablecloth.

DIY Lace Top: Such a stylish little number. It’s loose fitting so it’s comfy on even the hottest of summer days.

DIY Lace Skirt: For when you feel like getting a little dressy, create the DIY Lace Skirt. It’s simple to make and with an elastic waistband it’s flattering on any body type.

More Ideas:


Lace Accessories:


Lace Zipper Tutorial: Embellish any ordinary T-shirt with this lace zipper.

Pleated Lace Headband: Make this dainty lace headband and complete your feminine look.

DIY Belt with Lace: Perfect for accentuating your waist, this DIY lace belt is lovely and understated.


To find these ideas and more lace sewing projects, check out our 11 Free Lace Sewing Patterns collection.


Have you ever sewn with lace? What did you make?




Link Love: DIY Headbands

You know the drill…new year, new chance at organizing your life.  It’s time to tie your hair back and get to de-cluttering…and what better way to start the process of organizing than by making some easy homemade headbands to keep the hair out of your face?  We’ve done some of the dirty work and compiled a slew of homemade headbands from all over the web to suit all kinds of ages, hair lengths, and styles.

Whether you’re looking for something fancy and flowery, like this beautiful Flowers in Your Hairband, or want something a little more practical and comfortable, like one of these Marbled Silk Hair Bands, we’ve got unique headbands for all!  If you need a little extra flair, be sure to check out our other homemade hair accessories for everything from practical use to fabulous hair flair.

Now, let’s get down to business.  Here are some awesome headbands for people of all ages and styles.  Gather up those flowers, feathers, and fabric squares!

  1. Embellished Headband Tutorial by Ruffles n’ Stuff
  2. DIY Wedding Headbands by Project Wedding
  3. Baby Headband Tutorial by Craftiness is Not Optional
  4. Sewing a Turban Twisted Scarf by Say Yes to Hoboken
  5. Braided Headbands by Alisa Burke
  6. DIY Feather Headband by Cook, Love, Craft
  7. Braided Bohemian Headband by Elisa McLaughlin Designs
  8. Sweet and Skinny Ruffled Headband by Flamingo Toes
  9. Bow Headband Tutorial by People Webs

Meet and Make: Haley Pierson-Cox

Today’s Meet and Make designer is Haley Pierson-Cox. Haley is a crafty, granny glasses-wearing Brooklyn gal with a giant crush on all things DIY. She writes The Zen of Making, a DIY blog featuring crafty tutorials, handmade geekery, vegan goodness, and all things domestic.

Ready to meet Haley?



10 Fun Facts About Haley Pierson Cox

  1. Spreadsheeting is one of my absolute favorite activities.
  2. I was a gymnast for years, so when I get excited about something and say that I’m going to do a back flip, I just might.
  3. My favorite food is broccoli.
  4. I think that crochet hooks are just about the most useful craft tools on the planet.
  5. I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes writing instructions.
  6. I’m obsessed with Clover wonder clips.
  7. I’ve been vegan for about a decade.
  8. I made my own dress for the Emmys this year (my husband was nominated), and it didn’t fall apart!
  9. My great grandmother taught me how to make braided rugs when I was very, very young, and that’s how I first caught the crafting bug.
    Notions and tools are my weakness. I can resist fabric and yarn, but give me a seam measuring tool, and it’s all over!

Here’s Haley’s Project:

Scrap Fabric Rosette Barrette

Scrap Fabric Rolled Rosette Barrette


  • Fabric strips
  • Felt scraps
  • Barrettes or hair clips
  • Thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing needle


  1. Cut fabric scraps into strips. You can adjust the size of your rosette by changing the length and width of the strips.Scrap Fabric Rolled Rosette Barrettes
  2. Roll fabric strips into rosettes. This process is much easier to show than tell, so I made a video.For those of you who prefer written directions: Fold the fabric strip in half horizontally. Fold one end over several times, creating the center. Holding on to these folds, begin wrapping the fabric around the center (the fabric will build on itself). To create the rose petal texture, twist the fabric as you wrap. When you reach the end of the fabric strip, place a dot of hot glue on the back, then fold the fabric end over and press into place.
  3. Cut circles out of felt. (Make them just large enough for your rosettes to fit.)Scrap Fabric Rolled Rosette Barrettes
  4. Glue rosettes to the felt using your hot glue gun.Scrap Fabric Rolled Rosette Barrettes
  5. Cut off any extra felt.Scrap Fabric Rolled Rosette Barrettes
  6. With your needle and thread, secure the rosette group to the hair clip. Make sure that your first stitch goes through the felt so it stays securely in place.Note: Depending on the type of clip you’re using, you might also want to try jewelry wire, floral wire, or fishing line.Scrap Fabric Rolled Rosette Barrette
  7. Tie off the thread, and it’s ready to wear!