Today I bring you a very simple and useful project: a hair accessories organizer. I made it for my daughter, so it matches her room decor specifically, but with a little imagination anyone can adjust the design to match another child or even an adult room.
It all started with this:
Yep, it's a mess. The little princess box that used to hold my daughter's hair clips, pony tail holders. necklaces, bracelets and similar stuff was not only filled to the but overflowing. And the worst thing was we needed to pull everything out whenever she decided she wanted a specific item that, invariably, would be found exactly at the bottom of the box.
So for some time now I trying to come up some sort of organizing solution that was easy for her to use and maintain. Initially I thought about using a picture frame and just add rows of ribbon to hold the hair clips. But then I decided it would be better to have a couple of pockets as well, for hair brushed, combs, etc.
And so the hair accessories organizer was born. It's made of felt, fabric and ribbon and comes together in less than an hour (if you can work uninterrupted; I never can...). And the best thing is, everything came from my stash, so I didn't have to spend additional money make ir.
I started with a rectangle of felt, which I rounded up at the top, to give it a bit more style (basically, I drew a shape onto a piece of paper and then used it as a pattern to cut the felt.
Then I added a series of felt flowers. The shapes and colors were chosen by may daughter to match the flowers on her rug (of which I forgot to take pictures, but you can see it briefly here, from when I posted about her room makeover), though just this morning she told me she now wants to add a butterfly too...
The flower shapes were cut using the Sizzix and are simply glued onto the fabric.
Then came the pockets. I folded a piece of fabric in half and cut a rectangle slightly larger than the felt (see below).
With some hand stitches at the bottom of the fabric I gathered it a little...
...and then pined it onto the felt, as shown below.
After sewing, I folded the fabric back up and them pinned the sides too. Because the bottom of the fabric was gathered, pockets have greater capacity to carry stuff, which is the whole purpose of this exercise.
Here is how it looked after sewing:
The next step was adding the ribbon. I cut and pinned four pieces of ribbon for hair clips and another piece with velcro sewn on the edges, to hold necklaces, headbands, etc.
After sewing all that ribbon, all was left to do was to add another piece of ribbon to hang the hair accessories organizer.
With one large needle I pulled the ribbon through the felt and tied a knot at the back (if you find it difficult to do this with a needle, just punch a hole in the felt and go from there).
And then, the final touch: because I only had small scraps of ribbon left, I added a small bow right at the top, over the place where the hanging ribbon enters the felt.
Here it is, the end result:
Initially I thought of hanging it on the wall, and I may still do it in the future...
...but for now it stays on her coat rack, whitin easy ready of her four year old little hands.
And her dresser? Back in order, at least for now (though by the looks of the box, I can make and fill another hair accessories organizer...). Let's hope it stays like this for s while.