I was at the park the other day and ran into a friend. Her daughter was wearing the most adorable bow in her hair and I just had to see it up close. Turns out it was a wire hair bow that you just twist around the hair. So simple, genius, and cute. You can make either a headband or a small wrap to go around your hair elastics. Here is my take on it.
Fold it in half hot dog style, start at one end on the fold, and sew diagonally about 1.5" down. When you get to the edge, sew down the side. I always sew at the edge of the presser foot.
Now we will create a small gap so we can insert the wire through later. So, as you are sewing down the side and you get about 1/4 of the way down, backstitch and forward stitch a few times, lift up the presser foot, and move down the fabric about 1/5" and continue sewing again. Don't forget to backstitch to keep it secure. When you get close to the end (approximately 1.5" away from the end), turn and sew diagonally, just the way you did at the top.
Cut off the two triangle pieces on each end.
Trim away any excess threads, especially where the "gap" is.
Turn it right-side out and iron it flat. Make sure the "gap" area looks good and hidden.
Get some wire, cut it the same length as the fabric piece and curl in the poky edges with a pair of needle nose pliers.
Inset the wire like so.
For the smaller wire hair tie, just do everything exactly the same as the headband, except make the fabric rectangle 4" x 12".