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Sunday, 7 September 2014
Make your own felt hair clips for your little girl (or yourself!).
Pretty, colorful, matchy matchy or simple ~ easy and fun to make with small scraps of felt!
My daughter has lost or outgrown most of the pretty hair clips she had when she was a wee girl.  At the ripe old age of nine, and having grown her hair long again, she wants some new ones!  And, admittedly, given that she has my hairline (falls straight forward over the face), the sensory seeking habit of chewing her hair AND hair in the face is one of my personal pet peeves ~ we really need some new clips around here.

Having felt scraps and hair clips on hand, I went looking for a tutorial to help me, and couldn't find quite what I was looking for. So, after a little engineering and experimenting on my part, I am writing my own. Voila!
Here's what you need:
*  hair clips (snap clips ~ no slip ~ find at craft or dollar store)
* felt ** (sheets of felt, felted sweaters)
* scissors
* embroidery floss (the pictured designs were all done with 3 strands)
* needles
* pencil & paper OR disappearing ink pen

**A word about felt: Call me a felt snob, but you can't go wrong with quality wool felt. Craft store acrylic is thin and pulls apart easily which will make this project very frustrating and the results short-lived. You can read more about the differences between acrylic & wool felt HERE.

I should also note that this is one of those projects that can easily become more expensive and time consuming than simply purchasing the desired item. I spent 3 hours yesterday completing ONE clip... now, it could be done in under an hour, but I chose to make a bajillion french knots. So be warned.

Here's what you do:

1. Make a template for your felt.
Using your pencil and paper, trace around the hair clip you plan to use, giving yourself at least 1/4" extra around the edges. You can make your felt bits larger or in a variety of shapes at this point~ read on and you will see how this is possible, once you understand the construction.
Cut out your template piece.

Alternately, using a disappearing ink/ water soluble marker, trace the clip right onto the felt you wish to use and continue to step 2.

2.  Cut out your felt pieces.
Place or pin your template onto the felt of your choice.
You need to CUT TWO matching pieces for each clip you plan to make.
You can cut twice, or fold your felt over and cut both pieces at once.

Don't worry too much about smooth, perfect edges... the biggest concern is that your clip will be covered without pushing too much against the seams when sewn. Check this by laying the clip on the pieces in the open and closed position and ensuring you have that 1/4" minimum around the edges.

3. Make a slit in the back piece.
Choose your back piece of felt.
Using your scissors, you want to make a slit about 2/3 of the way up on the back, wide enough to insert your 'naked' hair clip. This may take a little experimentation, so be prepared to re-cut this piece!  See the images for best explanation.

4. Embellish the front piece.
Have fun! Go wild! Use a variety of stitches to create texture and appeal.
Stitching on to the small piece without a hoop does make some stitches a little tricky, but you can do it (I know you can!). Keep the back tidy and snip all your ends closely.

If your design is directional (ie needs to be upright) make sure you are stitching it for the appropriate side of the head (ie. my daughter pulls her hair on her left side back, so designs need to be properly oriented for that side!)

5. Put it all together.
Finish your clip using blanket stitch.
{You could also do a running stitch for variety}.

Blanket stitch is quite forgiving and will hide any bumps any uneven edges fairly well.
When you are done, use your scissors to carefully trim and uneven edges between the blanket stitches.

And there you have it! Your very own custom made wool felt hair clips ♥
Dontcha want to make another one?
We'd love to see your finished products!
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Angela said...

Thank you so much for sharing this - what a wonderful idea! I'll definitely be making some of these barrettes for Christmas presents:)

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