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FairyLand miniFee Shushu Isabelle modeling the Vintage Charm Headpiece

Vintage charm: a BJD floral headdress tutorial

This tutorial shows how to create a floral headdress with vintage charm for your ball-jointed doll. To produce an antiqued look, we dye the simple materials in coffee. Your base materials can have a variety of tones at the outset – the dyeing process will unify those tones with gentle variations. Putting this headdress together is a quick easy project that only requires basic sewing skills.

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FairyLand miniFee Shushu modeling for headpeice tutorial


  • 1/2 yard/meter ribbon, 1/4″ to 3/4″ wide, depending on the size of the doll. (We used 1/2 inch silk dupioni ribbon)
  • 1 downy feather (duck or goose)
  • 6 four-petaled artificial flowers (We used a sprig of artificial hydrangea)
  • 3 color-coordinated bead pearls.
  • Scissors
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Instant coffee (3 to 5 tablespoons depending on the depth of color desired)
  • Saucepan

Dye the Materials

Materials for the BJD magazine headpiece tutorial

Gather your materials. (flowers, ribbon, feather)

Ad coffee to water in a saucepan for ball-jointed doll headpeice

Pour 3 to 5 tablespoons instant coffee in the saucepan with water.

Ad materials to water and heat

Put your materials in the bath.

BJD magazine tutorial

Cook on medium heat for 30 minutes. To achieve a deeper tone, let the material sit in the bath for a few hours after turning off the flame.

Rinse THOROUGHLY. When you’re done, the water should be absolutely clear, with no trace of coffee.

Lay flat to dry.

Put the Materials Together

tutorial for BJD magazine

Select thread and pearl beads that match the color of your materials.

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Trim off the flat end of the feather, keeping the downy base.

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Lay the feather on the ribbon.

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Sewing, bind the rachis (spine) of the feather to the ribbon.

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Using scissors, remove the quill (pointy base) of the feather.

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Stack two flowers and align the petals.

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Fold the stacked flowers so the petals are aligned.

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And fold again, so the petals are aligned.

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As you complete each set of folded petals, place it over the center of the feather, and sew it to the ribbon (through the feather).

Repeat this for each set of petals (3 sets), arranging them in a three-leaf clover pattern.

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Sew 3 beads, one at a time, to the center of the “flower”.

tutorial for ABJD headpiece

Place the headdress on the dolls head and tie a bow at the base of the neck.

Trim any downy barbs that are too long. Separate any downy barbs that are too dense. Trim excess ribbon.

FairyLand miniFee Shushu Isabelle modeling headpiece