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DIY Flower Hair Clips for May

By Ellen Luckett Baker

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
  • thread
  • 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!

About the Author

Ellen Luckett Baker

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying a...

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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  • Suzanne

    May 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    This is a great project! I love how fluffy the flowers become.

  • Katie

    May 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve honestly never bothered with making any of the millions of little flowers out there.  But these seem so simple!  I might just have to give it a try.  

  • Lori

    May 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    That’s the exact same way I do it! After a number of other attempts, this is by far the easiest method to do these.

  • Kirsty

    May 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    These look lovely but why do so many instructions things require the use of equipment I’ve never seen anyone own here in France (a hot glue gun? I wouldn’t even know where to start looking for one of those and don’t know anyone who has one)? Also, a sewing machine? Nope, don’t have one of those either… I’m guessing these would take me at least an hour to make each (yeah, OK, I’m slow and inept…) – but it IS frustrating when this happens (same with recipes, almost always requiring a blender or microwave, neither of which I own…)

  • cls

    May 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

    hey kristy,
    to be honest, i was thinking the same thing — but this would be easy to sew by hand. you’d just need a fairly sturdy needle (to go through all those layers of cloth at once). it’s a very small number of stitches that you’d have to do.
    sewing machines have gotten very cheap lately. i don’t know what store in france would sell them (it seems a little specialized for monoprix!), but in the US you can definitely get one for under $40 if you don’t mind one that is pretty basic.

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  • Morgane

    May 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my… You really know how to make cute stuff… I’m really not an “artist”, but the more I read your blog the more I want to get into it!

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