Embellishing a Hair Clip–A Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to embellish hair clips for a while now to use up the bits and pieces from my upcycled felted sweaters. For my first one I followed Amy’s tutorial on Angry Chicken, but I wanted my barrettes to be completely covered. So here is my version of the embellished hair clip:

On a piece of paper, draw around the hair clip and cut it out. This will be your pattern.

Pin the pattern on your fabric. In my case it’s a felted sweater bit, but you could use just about anything else that won’t fray; fused plastic comes to mind.

Embellish this top part, if you wish.

With embroidery floss, start sewing around the hair clip leaving the top part open. Pause here.

Turn the whole thing around and make a small cut across the barrette at the spot where you want the bottom part of the hair clip to come out.

Open up the clip and encase it in the cover by sticking the bottom part through the opening you just cut.

This is what it should look like at this point.

Finish sewing around the hair clip and secure the end of the floss.

You now have a hair clip sewn onto a piece of felt.

Cut out the barrette from the felt following along the lines of the top part you just sewed on.

That’s it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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4 Responses to Embellishing a Hair Clip–A Tutorial

  1. Mandi says:

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lucky Me! says:

    These are so cute! I can’t wait to go get some clips so that I can make some for my daughter! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, I just bought clips yesterday and was going to try to figure it out on my own, then I came across your blog. So cute!

  4. Laura says:

    Hi Simone, I wanted to let you know I have linked to your tutorial on my blog. I am having a Hair Clip Swap and have included some tutorials to help people along.

    Thanks For sharing


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