Oh my stars, ya’ll. This was such an easy and quick craft.
My husband and daughter went to get a take-and-bake pizza as a treat for dinner, and I made this little cutie in the 20 minutes or so it took them to run the errand. I guess I was just so happy I didn’t have to cook that I needed to find something to do with my idle hands!
If you want to wrestle up some fabric scraps, get them ready to be turned into a charming accent for the upcoming July 4th, Independence Day holiday.
The best part about this tutorial is that it doesn’t need to be limited to the patriotic holiday! I’ve made adorable clips, headbands and even pins as a dress embellishment for my little girl.
They are a nice addition to a baby girl’s shower gift, a birthday girl, or even as an embellishment for a birthday card! Click on “Read More” to put one of these together using our detailed, picture tutorial.
When Elise was a few months old, I became frustrated that the adorable hair bows I was finding were SO BIG! Don’t get me wrong: big bows on little girls is adorable, but unless I wanted to cover my darling’s entire head in pictures, I needed something smaller.
So I made them.
I made headbands and soft clips to use for some of my favorite everyday outfits for Elise. I made some for our friends’ kids based on their personalities and likes.
There are just so many ways to customize these simple adornments, and I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.
- Circle template (I used the lid of a large cinnamon spice container; the smaller, red lid in my picture) to produce a flower that measures 2 and 1/4 inches wide.
- coordinating craft felt
- barrette / hair bow clip
- Aleenes Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce (partner link)
- needle and thread
- embellishments / beads – apparently, mine had rolled right on out of the picture without me noticing
First, trace the circle template onto your felt. You’ll only need one circle of felt for each clip. If you have multiple hair bows to make – which you should because they are so easy – cut all of them at once.
Then, using the same circle template you used on the felt, trace circles onto your scrap fabric pieces. You can either use 5 circles per clip or 6. I chose to use 6 because I wanted to use 3 of each pattern.
Again, you see the dark red fabric being used here because that was before I decided I didn’t like the look of it against the other fabrics.
Thread your needle with about 24 inches of thread.
You will first want to find the center of your felt (fold it in half, and then in quarters) and put your threaded needle through it. This step just makes it easier to affix the first petal.
Fold the first petal (circle) in half.
Then, nearly fold it in half again, just layering it over the first half.
Line up the point of the petal with the center of the felt.
Using a couple small stitches, sew the petal to the felt.
For the next petal, use the first petal as a template for the size when folding it over. That way, you can be sure your petals are even. Then, continue with the same steps as above 4-6).
Continue with these steps, all the way around until you final petal is placed. Remember, you can either use 5 or 6 petals, depending on where you overlap your petals.
Note: the next series of pictures are after I decided that the solid, dark, red fabric was not going to work with this clip.
When you get to the final petal, you will want to position it so that it sort of tucks under the first petal you attached.
Because I used bold patterns, I opted for a simple, silver, bead for the center of this flower. I was also thinking to use a bead shaped like a star for this patriotic flower, however, I couldn’t find them in my mess of a craft cabinet. Turns out the star beads were in my daughter’s craft cabinet…
The point here is that you should embellish the flowers with anything you’d like: any bead, buttons, etc.
Leave the thread you’ve got left to attach the clip to the flower.
Now’s the time to attach the hair clip to the back of the flower. I used Aleenes Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce to first adhere it. I held the clip open with another of the beads I had because this one time, at band camp, I glued the stinking thing shut. Lesson learned.
By the way, did anyone recognize the movie quote I just did there? Quite fitting with our theme, don’t you think? It was American Pie (Unrated). If you’ve never seen it, don’t. It’s raunchy and silly and just stupid. If you have seen it, you can laugh right along with me because even though it’s all those things I just listed – it’s funny as all get out!
Okay, back to the flower hair clip. Using the thread you’ve got remaining from assembling and embellishing the flower, sew the clip onto the felt by running it through the clip’s middle section. Repeat on the other side.
Um, I know it’s kind of silly to mention but I might – or might not – have sewn a hair clip shut once. Or twice. That’s why I leave the stinking bead in there, by the way.
Knot the thread and tie it off and ta-da!
You are the proud crafter of an awesome flower hair clip. I’ve made these for Elise since she was about 6 months old and I love them. I’ve attached the flowers to elastic bands for head bands and even to pin backs to dress up an outfit for pictures.
They are so easy to coordinate with any outfit! How nice would it be to whip one of these up to match a baby shower outfit you are gifting? How about putting one in with a little girl’s birthday present or attached to her birthday card?
These are so easy and quick, I’m sure you can find tons of uses for them, just as we have. Thanks for spending some time with us today and we hope you’ll share this with your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.