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Little Felt Hair Pretties

by Anne Weil

I adore making hair accessories for little ones.  I think animals and shapes cut out of felt carry their own sweet charm. They are soft, warm and fuzzy.  And, they can be very versatile.  I have provided three templates here for you to use, but feel free to sketch your own little shape or animal that is a perfect fit for your kiddo.  

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Materials
- 100% wool felt
- Download Templates (whale, elephant, vw bug)
- DMC 5 Embroidery Thread
- Scissors
- Needle
- Plastic headband
- Plain barrette (found in jewelry making section of craft store)
- Elastic (for soft headband)

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Soft Whale Headband

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Trace template on 100% wool felt and cut out shape.

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Cut 1/2 inch strip of 100% wool felt. 

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Embroider around whale shape with small stitches.

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Place whale (or other shape) on soft headband such that it will be positioned a few inches to the left or the right of the crown of the head.

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Attach the shape to the felt, being careful not to bring the needle through the front of the felt.

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This is the back of the headband.

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Cut 1/4" elastic such that the headband will fit snugly, but not tightly around your child's head, allowing for 1/2" overlap with the felt on each side.

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Wrap the felt around the elastic, keeping the elastic centered in the middle.

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Sew the elastic into the felt securely. Repeat on the other side.

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Finis!
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Car Barrette

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Trace template on 100% wool felt.

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Cut out shape.

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Embroider windows on car with small stitches.

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Embroider a lazy daisy on the hood of the car.  To make a lazy daisy, bring thread up in center of flower, and bring thread back down into center of flower almost in the same location.

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Before the stitch pulls tight, bring your needle up inside the loop where you want the end of the petal to be.

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Make a small stitch over the end of the petal, securing it in place

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 Repeat process for each of the petals.

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I did my flower with six petals.

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Now attach the car to the barrette, by stitching through provided holes on the barrette, being careful not to bring the needle through the felt. 

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Finish it off in the back.

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The back of the barrette should look like this.

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Finis!

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Hard Elephant Headband

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Trace template on 100% wool felt and cut out shape.

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Embroider elephant outline with little stitches. Another idea for the elephant would be to embroider a little saddle for him with french knots and more decorative stitches.  Then, do his toes.  

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Cut a small rectangle of felt such that you can position the entire thing on underside the elephant without seeing the rectangle from the front.

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Attach rectangle to plastic headband, just to left or right of crown of head.

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Attach elephant to rectangle using a running stitch along either side of the rectangle, being careful not to bring needle through to the front of the elephant.  Finish off in back.

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Finis!

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Anne Weil is a working mother of three lively and adventure-seeking kiddos. She knits, blogs, sews, designs and generates exciting crafty ideas at her blog. Anne relishes design that combines beauty with meaning. She loves creating things that stimulate the senses and makes that happy-making place inside you really hum.


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