Your Chronicles: Hair Loss

I’ve been telling my story….now it’s time to tell yours!

These are so inspiring. I love all the smiles.

Thank you for sharing!

 

Meet Nicole!

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Nicole was recently diagnosed with stage IIIc breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma). She is currently in her second round of chemo treatment and is experimenting with many fun ways to cover her bald head! I would say so! Follow her journey here.

Inspiration: Meet Nicole via lilblueboo.com

 

Meet Melissa!

 

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Pretty Ways to Tie a Head Scarf

head scarf tutorial ideas via lilblueboo.com

A silk scarf can jazz up any hair style or even disguise a bad one. I have rounded up some of my favorite tutorials from around the web on how to tie a head scarf.

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Felted Pinwheels (A Tutorial)

Felted Pinwheel Accessories Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Have you tried felting yet?  It’s so easy and a fun effect.  We’ve been making these little mixed color pinwheels for accessories. Boo’s favorites are the rainbow ones. With this technique using pipecleaners it’s easy to make a long “rope-like” piece of felted wool.

First, you need some wool roving (I got mine from Dharma Trading)…..and a little bag goes a long way.  It comes in a variety of colors:

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Handmade Hair Bands and Gift Tags (Tutorial and Free Download)

Boo and I are making stocking stuffers today. We’ve made these hairbands before but today we added a cute little wood gift tag.

 

 

I picked up the printed foldover elastic from Target Trim in L.A. If you can’t find your own prints locally or online you can call them and they will ship you an order. 2 yards makes about 8 hair bands.

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5 Minute Curls

This hair tutorial may have just changed my life. I watched it last night in bed on my laptop and immediately jumped up, grabbed an elastic headband and completed the whole process in less than 5 minutes.

I woke up this morning, unraveled my hair, pulled the curls out with my fingers (no brushing) and here’s what it looked like:

5 Minute Curls Hair Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

My hair was dry and the elastic headband was so comfortable to sleep in. Next time I might brush my hair first and maybe add some product……the result was pretty darn good for unwashed pool hair! The only downside was that I looked like Napoleon Dynamite in bed last night with my red elastic headband……

Here’s a link to a video tutorial.

 

Dollar Doily Hair Clip (A Tutorial)

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I picked up a pack of lace doilies from the dollar store (99 cent store) and made this gardenia-inspire hair clip for Boo.

 

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

These doilies came in a pack of three:

 

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took each doily and folded it in half:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then created a fan shape by scrunching up the bottom:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then I sewed the bottom part of the “fan” shape to a small piece of felt:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took the other 2 doilies and repeated the same steps but placed them on the felt in opposite directions:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

After each doily was sewn to the felt, I trimmed any excess felt off:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took scissors and cut into the doily to help it fan out more and trimmed pieces that I thought were too large:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a needle and thread to add a few stitches in areas I thought needed to be tacked down a little:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Finally I used a glue gun to attach my doily flower to a clip. You could attach it to a head band if you prefer too!

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So dainty and pretty. You could add a vintage pearl button if you want in the middle but I wanted it plain and pretty:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A happy Boo!

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Painted Leather Shoelace Accessories (A Tutorial)


With this tutorial you can make bohemian-inspired accessories using ordinary leather shoelaces just like the headband Boo wore in the second week of Project Run and Play:


In this tutorial, I make a shorter version of the headband resulting in a bracelet. You could also make a belt, keychain…so many options just by varying the length of the braid.


Here’s what I used to make mine…most supplies can be found at your local craft store in the jewelry section and the leather paints are available through Dharma Trading:

Angelus Leather Paints
Optional: Angelus Duller (if you want more of a matte finish to the paint)


Leather “latigo” laces (1/8″ wide)
Sueded laces (these come in a variety of colors….mine was turquoise)
3mm beads (I used 3mm silver plastic pearl beads)
Ribbon clamps
Soft leather trim (you can purchase this at a craft store or upcycle from an old purse or jacket)
Waxed cotton cord (these come in a variety of colors….mine was lime)

Step 1: Paint the leather laces using the Angelus leather paint.

Note: I used a light coat so that some of the original leather color showed through to give it a distressed look.


Paint both pieces and allow to dry for about 15 minutes.


Step 2: Cut two long pieces of waxed cord and sandwich them together between the 2 leather pieces and apply your ribbon clamp:


Step 3: Draw out a few flowers onto the soft leather trim piece…..


…..and cut them out using detail scissors:


Step 4: Punch a small hole into the center of each leather flower (you can also punch a hole through using a small nail and a hammer):


Step 5: Take one piece of the waxed cord and place it through one of the flowers. Follow the flower with a bead…….


….and then thread the cord back through the hole in the flower. Work the cord through the bead and flower until it is flush with the top of the clamp. The bead will keep the flower in place:


Step 6: (Note….this might get a little confusing but once you see all the photos it will start to make sense.) With the flower in place, follow the flower with 2 more beads. Take the 2nd piece of waxed cord and wrap it around the back left of the 2 leather pieces.


The 2nd cord piece will go under the 1st cord piece with a single bead settling on either side as shown. The 2nd cord piece then wraps around to the back again and to the other side where it began, going under the 1st cord piece:


Step 7: You will repeat Step 6 over and over again and the top will look like this:


The back will begin to look like this:


Step 8: Whenever you want to add a leather flower just add it onto the 1st cord piece instead of the 2 beads, follow the flower with one bead……


…..and then thread the cord back through the same hole like the first one you did. Continue the beading and braiding as in Step 6.


Step 9: Once your braid is as long as you want it, tie off the cord….


….and add a ribbon clamp to the end making sure to secure both pieces of leather and the 2 pieces of cord:


Step 10: Tie a piece of suede lace to each ribbon clamp:


You can also decorate the suede lace with a bead if you don’t want to tie it directly to the clamp:


A finished braided leather bracelet….made from latigo laces!


Happy braiding!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial)

I’ve had requests for this tutorial for a while and I finally just made myself finish it this week! Everyone loves these hair accessories and it is a great way to use up those extra knit scraps!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

This is a photo from last spring with Li’l Miss Elle wearing a pom in her hair….I can’t believe how young she and Boo look!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Materials needed:
Knit scraps
3 ” or 4″ needle
Nylon thread
Pliers
Glue gun
An alligator clip, head band or pony tail holder
Optional: velvet ribbon for lining clip

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: Cut out strips of knit yardage or t-shirt scraps measuring about 5″ x 3/4″ and thread your needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Take your first strip and insert the needle about 1/8″ from the middle edge….you will stick the needle back through at another 1/8″ and continue……

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…..until you’ve created an accordion-type fold onto the needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Repeat the last step for your next strip of knit…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…but twist it around once it is on the needle so that it lays across the other piece like a cross:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Continue to add your other strips of knit in the same manner and twist them once they are threaded into a star shape as shown and flatten them all down together to the bottom of the needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Once you have added enough strips so that the pom is the fullness that you prefer run your needle back through to secure all the strips.

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Stitch back and forth through all the layers one or two more times to secure them well….you may need a pair of pliers for this step to help pull the needle through!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Tie a knot to secure your pom…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
….and turn the pom over to the other side and tie the top layer in to a little knot as shown:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: Trim your layers to the length you prefer and making the top poms just a tad shorter than the ones below:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
A finished pom!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Use a glue gun to attached an alligator clip to the bottom. You can glue a small velvet strip to the inside of the clip to make it “non-slip.”

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
I love using silk screen scraps….

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
….and upcycled knit:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
You can add a pom to a headband…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…..and even sew one to a pony tail holder!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
So many varieties!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Tie Dyed Elastic Accessories (A Tutorial)

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

On our road trip this summer I found some hair accessories in a store that were tie dyed…but they were so expensive I was determined to make a bunch of them myself!

The perfect ponytail holder:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories / Hair Tie Tutorial via lilblueboo.com
Foldover (FOE) elastic is perfect for accessories because it is extremely strong, it has high elasticity and you can dye it! The biggest plus? It doesn’t get tangled in hair easily…and with Boo’s crazy hair we love “friendly” elastic. It’s also nice that foldover elastic costs about 30 to 50 cents a yard.

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories / Hair Tie Image 2 Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

First, I took the elastic:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Supplies via lilblueboo.com
Then I folded the elastic several times and placed rubber bands tightly around it in several places:

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com
I mixed up a small amount of pink and purple fabric dye in two squirt bottles….

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 2 via lilblueboo.com
…and applied the dye directly to the elastic:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 3 via lilblueboo.com
I place the tie dyed elastic in a ziplock overnight for the dye to set in. To dye a few pieces just one color I just added dye directly to the baggies (the left and center baggies):

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 4 via lilblueboo.com
The next morning I took the elastic out of the baggies and rinsed the excess dye out.

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 5 via lilblueboo.com
I added a small amount of dye fixative to a bucket of cool water……

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 6 via lilblueboo.com
…..and let the elastic sit for about 10 minutes just to ensure I wouldn’t have any dye bleed later on.

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 7 via lilblueboo.com
Finally, I set the elastic pieces out in the sun to dry:

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 8 via lilblueboo.com
To make the accessories, I just looped a piece of elastic, then tied a tight knot at the end and then clipped off the satin elastic at a decorative angle just below the knot:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 9 via lilblueboo.com
I used a tiny amount of fray block to keep the ends of the elastic from fraying over time:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial Process 10 via lilblueboo.com
We use these satin elastic bands for so many things….Boo has her own preferences:

 


I use them for my hair but also to keep my journals and address book closed:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial - use for books too! via lilblueboo.com
A pretty way to keep some like items together:

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial - use for pencils too! via lilblueboo.com
My favorite idea? Make a bag of several sizes and colors for a handmade gift…or better yet a bunch of bags for party favors or stocking stuffers!

 

Tie Dye Elastic Accessories Tutorial - makes a great gift! via lilblueboo.com

Note: This tutorial is only recommended for accessories. Many types of elastic will not hold dye due to their fiber content. The foldover/satin elastic typically has enough natural fiber in it to react to dye.

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