DIY fabric hair pins/clip ons

Look how pretty they are. Perfect for teens (like most of my buyers) kids and even young adults. They can be used to accessorize pins, clip-ons headbands and even as a corsage.

It’s so easy to make. Here’s how.

Gather your materials:

Fabric

scissors, needle and thread

beads

candle

First  cut your fabric into squares then cut them into uneven circular ones in different sizes. You may opt to change the circumference as you wish. Start burning the edges, be gentle and agile to keep the burnt edges, stop as soon as the color reaches a darker shade than the fabric’s natural color.

After that, gather the burnt fabric and stack them together. Sew the fabric together using the beads to cover the thread. Attach to pins, clip-ons or headbands and your all set.

The history of Kanzashi (ornamental hairpin) goes back as far as the history of Japan 3000 years ago. In the prehistorical Jomon era (approx. 1000 B.C. to 300 A.D.), it was believed that a supernatural power inhabited this thin stick. Wearing this stick as a charm against evil spirit became the origin of Kanzashi.
The derivation of then term “Kanzashi” is ““Kami-zashi”” meaning “hair stick”. People decorated their hair with flowers when they were inviting Deities. Another theory is “”Ka-zashi”” meaning “flower stick”.

Tsumami (pinching) is the technique to pinch / pick up a two dimensional piece of silk fabric to construct a three dimensional object. Tsumami consists of two types of method called Maru-Tsumami (round pinching) and Kaku / Ken-Tsumami (sword shaped pinching).These techniques were traditionally utilized by maidservants in the imperial court since the middle of the Edo period. Eventually, the style spread all over Japan. Tsumami Kanzashi was often depicted in Ukiyoe pictures.
Habutae silk, a plain woven silk has been traditionally used to make Tsumami Kanzashi.

Here are some of my first works. They are not perfect but I am getting there.