배씨댕기 Inspired Hair Accessory

Korea, Seoul will always hold a special place in my heart. I made many fond memories there when I wasn’t a Mum yet. Travelled there many a times with friends and each and every time was an adventure( highly influenced by the filming locations from Running man back then); accompanied my hubs during his conferences; went there alone for solitude.

I have not returned ever since I had my twins, but planning a trip back have always been on my mind. When my tots turned 2, all eager to explore and fascinated 24/7, always happy for an adventure ; I thought A trip back to Seoul might just suffice my worn out soul.

I am Glad to say our trip to Seoul with my tots is truly happening next week ; and in commemorating my first trip with my tots, I did matchy outfits for them once again. My first holiday collection: Pink Potpourri . ( Will be sharing it in my next post, so look out for it!)

This holiday collection is inspired by the traditional korean costume, the hanbok( 한복) . I am always in awe with the Hanbok; how elegant the Koreans don in them, man and woman alike. The vibrant colours, geometric structure and texture of the Hanbok are so exquisite.

In line with this, I thought I will do a hair accessory to jazz up Char’s outfit; very much inspired by the 배씨댕기( baessidaeng-gi), a traditional hair ornament worn by korean girls and unmarried woman in the Joseon period. It is worn now with the Hanbok ,during traditional festivals and celebrations.

Here’s how I did my hair accessory and how to do it if you intend to do one.

The flower

You will need:

Fabric for the flower:

Circle Cut Outs- 3inch in diameter x 13 ( petals)

– 2.5 inch in diameter x 5 (petals)

– 2 inch in diameter x 1 ( backing for flower)

3 Pearls

Needle and Thread

Scissors

Fabric Glue

Black hair band

Steps

After cutting circle cut outs, fold it into half and press it.This will make sewing easier ( especially when using thicker fabrics). Do for all cut outs except for the 2 inch cut out that will serve as the backing for the flower.

Sew a running stitch along the curve part of the first petal (3 inch) in the following manner.

Thereafter, pull tight as shown below.

Using the same thread, start on the next petal( 3 inch). Sew and pull it in the similar fashion.

Do 8 petals (3 inch).

Secure the last petal to the first.

Start the next layer by doing 5 petals ( 3 inch) and the final layer by doing 3 petals ( 2.5 inch). Do not cut away the thread after securing the 3 petals. ( final layer). You will end up with all 3 layers shown below.

Sew 3 pearls on TOP of the last layer.

Attach the first layer (8 petals) to the circle cut out ( 2 inch) with fabric glue. This serves as a backing to the flower.

Now, using fabric glue, combine all 3 layers together.

You will get a perfect flower!

Attach it to your hair band and you’ve got yourself a pretty head accessory. My personal take on the 배씨댕기. Cute and befitting for my little 공주 (princess).