Gathered some more supplies at a trip to Wal-Mart: cheap headbands from the hair product section and alligator-type hair clips from the craft and bead department:
I started by ripping out the seam up the back of the tie. Pretty easy work as many of the ties were a bit worn out!
Once it was opened up, the inside lining removed and laid out flat, I realized I could easily divide the tie into 4 long strips of fabric, by cutting down the length on the creases and then cutting up the middle:
Starting at the narrower end of one strip, I tied a knot:
And started wrapping the fabric around the knot, twisting the fabric and hot gluing as I went, until I ended up with the size flower I wanted:
Most of the flowers I made required less than one strip of fabric! After making several flowers, it was time to move on to a headband. The key to wrapping the headband was to start with two small strips of fabric cut as narrow as the headband to fold over and glue to the tips of each end. Then it was just a matter of wrapping around, gluing as I went:
I tried my headband on in the mirror, to see exactly where I wanted to glue my flowers, then glued them on, off-centered:
I also made some single flower hair clips. For me, the alligator type clip was crucial, because I also wanted to be able to use the flowers to accessorize my scarves:
Gluing the clip on required me to work quickly: I laid down some glue, adhered the clip, but kept it open so that the other side didn't get caught in the glue, then laid down a scrap of fabric to cover the glued side of the clip. It made a very strong bond!
I spied this plain leather cuff at Goodwill, and added a flower to it too!
After some more flower making, I ended up with one strip from each tie leftover. This gave me the idea to combine them into a braid. I googled how to braid with 4 strands and after some experimenting, figured out how to incorporate the braiding around a headband. I know this picture is not great, but it gives you an idea of how I staggered the strips when I glued them on. I also made sure to have two strips on one side and two on the other to start my braiding.
For this braided headband, I wanted a different kind of flower that incorporated all of the different fabrics that I'd used in the braid. I gathered some scraps from the wider ends of the ties and hot glued little gathers:
until I had a rough circle:
Added a slightly smaller one from another fabric:
Trimmed it up a bit, then glued to my braided headband:
Lastly, I decided to try my hand at some 'feathers.'
They were too flimsy as is, so I hot glued a smaller piece of the tie lining to the backs of the feathers to make them stiffer:
Here's what I ended up with:
Now I have a nice new collection of hair accessories!
Geesh! Now don't get carried away! Maybe just one at a time:
I'm contemplating making more to sell, but it was a lot of farting around! I'm hoping that now that I'm done with the thinking and experimenting phase, the next batch would go quicker!
Do you think people would buy them? I've been wearing mine around town this week and have gotten several compliments!