Send your kids off to class in style. Whether it's a charming braid or a handmade bracelet or jean embellishment, these sartorial projects are inexpensive and a fun way to get back-to-school fabulous.
New school year? Why not try a charming new hair style? Rolling their hair into buns didn't leave these girls tied up in knots. Simply part hair into two sections. Starting at or just below the ear, twist one section and wrap it around itself into a snail-shell shape. Put an elastic band around bun to keep it in place. Repeat on the other side. Use a bobby pin to secure any stray hairs. The buns can be tight (as seen on the left) or more loose and casual (right).
Create this no-sew decoration for a young girl's crisp white shirt: Cut hearts from pink and red felt based on the size of the shirt's buttons (ours are cut from 1-inch squares). Fold each in half horizontally, and cut a vertical slit, or buttonhole, about the same size as the button. To wear, button up shirt, and then slip hearts over buttons.
You'll want to fashion lots of these pretty hair clips (enough for friends -- and a few to keep). Using heavy thread, sew a button or two to the top of a colored bobby pin (for a flower, first sew button to a felt leaf). Stamp name on card stock, cut slit, and insert hairpin.
Homemade appliques jazz up these jeans. Using a disappearing-ink pen, draw shapes such as circles, butterflies, or leaves on washable felt (for clothes, it's more practical than regular felt). Running stitches are used decoratively -- for the butterfly body and antennae, and as veins in the leaves -- and to affix the shapes to the pants. After sewing, dab edges of appliques with fabric glue to prevent curling.
Use ribbons to dress tresses in colorful finery. Tie three narrow ribbons to an elastic band. Wrap elastic around a ponytail (or use two for pigtails). Divide hair, along with ribbons, into three equal parts. Braid hair using the basic technique, and secure near the end with another elastic band. The ribbon ends can be tied into bows.
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