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How to Make Girls' Hair Barrettes


Gathered Rosette
This rosette makes a perfect holiday barrette.
This rosette makes a perfect holiday barrette.

A gathered rosette is quick and easy to make, and you can make one in almost any size. Get some ribbon, and then use silk flowers, buttons, or appliqués for the finishing touch.

A gathered rosette makes such a pretty barrette, you might want to make a matching one for a favorite doll -- just glue a small rosette on a hook-and-loop fastener instead of on a barrette.

The large rosette below was made with a silky, gilded material. The flashing holiday ornament at the center gives it a festive look.

For a more elegant look, make rosettes with a fine white lace and top with a silk flower. The instructions for the gathered rosette on this page use a heart at the center for a sweet touch.

What You'll Need:

  • 10-inch ribbon, 1-1/2" wide
  • 7-inch ribbon, 7/8" wide
  • 2-1/2" metal barrette
  • Heart button
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

How to Make a Gathered Rosette:

Step 1: With right sides together, match the ends of the 1-1/2" wide ribbon and sew a seam 1/4" from the edge to form a loop. Trim thread tails.

Step 1. Sew the ribbon to form a loop.
Step 1. Sew the ribbon to form a loop.

Step 2: Turn ribbon right side out, so the seam is inside the loop. Sew a row of running stitches along one long edge of ribbon beginning and ending at the seam. Do not cut thread tails.

Step 3: Pull both thread tails of running stitches to gather ribbon and form a rosette. Tie thread tails into several knots to secure rosette. Trim excess thread.

Step 3. Create a rosette with the ribbon.
Step 3. Create a rosette with the ribbon.

Step 4: Using the same technique, create a small rosette with the 7/8" wide ribbon.

Step 5: Glue large rosette to barrette, glue small rosette to large rosette, and glue heart button to small rosette. Allow to dry.

A balloon barrette is great for parties or every day. Best of all, it's quick and easy to make. Keep reading to find out how.

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