DIY Flower Hair Clips for May
April showers bring May flowers — flower hair clips in this case. This is a quick low-sew project that you can make for your favorite little girl. With just some scrap fabric and a hair clip, you can make a simple, stylish accessory that any girl would adore.
These fabric flowers would also work well as a brooch or bracelet, or they could easily be added as an embellishment to any sewing project, but be aware that you have raw edges here, so they will fray over time. You’ll want to use a thin fabric that is a solid or patterned on both sides. For my project, I used some of my favorite Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric scraps. Linen would also work well, but the edges will fray more quickly.
- fabric scraps
- felt scrap
- hair clip
- sewing machine
- hot glue gun
First, cut the fabric into 8 circles. My circles were 2 3/4″, but you can find any circular object at home and trace around it to get a perfect circle. Cut a coordinating piece of felt to approximately 3/4″ width by 4″ length (the exact width will depend on the type of hair clip you use).
Then fold each circle in half and then half again, as shown above. Press in place.
Next, take your felt and circles over to the sewing machine. Place the folded circles on the center as shown on the image above, left. Two circles will be stacked on top of one another in each section. Then slide the assembled pieces under the presser foot and stitch a small rectangle to hold them in place, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitches.
Turn the flower over to the backside and place the hair clip in the center. Add a bit of hot glue to the edge of the felt and fold over the other end so that it wraps around the clip. Allow the glue to dry and trim the excess felt. Alternately, you could hand stitch at this step, but glue works well with felt and makes a secure fit.
And finally, press each circle open, using the steam setting on your iron to fluff up the flower. All set to go. Happy May!
Published May 19, 2011. Last updated May 19, 2011.