Monday, December 17, 2012

How to make adorable hair clips

Sometimes I get into patterns of obsessive glue gunning.  I also happen to be lucky enough to have three beautiful nieces that like hair accessories, or what we called "hair pretties" when they were younger.  This is a tutorial on how to make adorable hair clips for girls (or grownups!).

1.  Materials:  I started with tulle, white felt, scissors, needle and thread, glue gun, lace, feathers, clips, and ribbon flowers I had previously made on a loom.

 2.  Measure out the felt so that it is about twice the width and a touch longer than the length of the clip you will use.
 3.  Cut different pieces of  your materials and start to layer and glue (or sew them) on.  Experiment with fabrics and lace and ribbon and feathers and see what works best for you.  I have a hard time with feathers and glue guns--usually I do some basting stitches and a touch of glue if the feathers are big.  These babies are small so I just glued them.
 This is what it looked like before I put the ribbon flower on.
 Affixed the ribbon flower...
 3.  Glue on the clips to the backs of the felt.  Let dry.  They should be ready to wear in about 5-10 minutes.
 The final product:
 I also made some tulle and bead ones as well.  I cut the tulle in different size circles and then sewed them together and affixed beads to the middle.
 Here are the beads:
 I sewed the beads through some felt on the back so that there was an anchor for the clip.
 Next I made another circle the same size in the felt to cover the stitch marks and glued. 

 Then I glued the clips on to the felt.
 The finished product:





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