My daughter has a large collection of hair accessories that I have made her or she has been gifted. This meant needing an organisation solution fairly quickly. Quite some time ago I saw an image of a ballarina style hair accessory holder online but no tutorial so I set out to create my own. I have made quite a few since then as they are perfect gifts for little girls birthdays or even baby showers.
I have since gotten my process fairly streamlined in making these ballerina hair accessory holders and am happy to share my headband holder tutorial with you in case you want to make one too.
BALLERINA HAIR ACCESSORY HOLDER
- Fabric (large scrap piece is fine)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Decorations such as flowers
1. Start by drawing your bodice shape either directly into cardboard or using a piece of paper to create a template. Approximately 15cm x 10cm however this can be any size you wish. Cut out 2 cardboard bodices.
2. Use your template or card to cut out a bodice shape from the batting.
3. Create a sandwich of batting – card – card.
4. Lay your layered card and batting on your fabric and cut out a rectangle in your desired size, leaving approximately 1.5 inches around the bodice.
5. Cut tabs in your fabric right around your card layer, ensuring you leave about 1.5cm space between your card layer and the cut.
6. Use your glue gun to glue fabric tabs firmly around your card, going solely to ensure your fabric remains smooth at the front.
7. Do this all the way around your bodice until all fabric tabs are secured.
8. Create tulle bundles by deciding on the length of your skirt (I.e. One metre) and creating mini bundles of about 5 tulle strips. Tie end with string to hold together. You will need 5-8 tulle bundles depending on the thickness of your tulle, how full you want the skirt, the size and how many colours you are using.
9. Glue your tulle bundles onto the bottom of your bodice front using your hot glue gun.
10. Create the headband holders by gluing or sewing loops into a strip of ribbon as below.
11. Glue your ribbon strips in between the tulle bundles. Cover with a thick piece of ribbon to cover the glued tulle and ribbon tops.
12. Glue a coordinating piece of ribbon at the top of the bodice as a hanger for the hair accessory holder.
13. Cut out a piece of felt in the shape of your bodice to cover the fabric tabs and ribbon at the back. Glue with hot glue gun.
14. Decorate with flowers or anything you desire. Add ring to bottom loops to create soft hair and headband storage.
They can be quite time consuming to make. I always start one thinking it’s a nice quick project then realise I’ve lost several hours of my life with all the little fiddly bits hehe but they are beautiful and well worth the effort.
And of course, you need head bands to go with them so check out my size guides and tutorial.
What is your favourite colour combo?