I recently made each of our granddaughters adorable new “Twirly” Skirts with my new Brother CS6000i sewing machine and I wanted to do something for their hair that would match. I love all the flower hair clippies you see, around; so I decided to try and do something like that. I used fabric scraps left from making each of the girls’ skirts and the hair clips actually turned out very cute. I may be slightly partial, but our cutie patootie granddaughters look so sweet wearing them!
Here’s all you’ll need:
- fabric strip – 18″ to 22″ long and 4″ wide (Length depends on how full you want your flower. I made mine 20 inches.)
- 1″ diameter circle cut from felt
- plain metal hair clip (I’ll bet bobby pins would work for this, too.)
- hot glue gun or fabric/craft glue
To make the flower, I cut my fabric strip 20″ x 4″.
Fold strip in half, with right sides together (inside out) lengthwise and sew along one end and the long side, using a 1/2″ seam width. This will form a long tube, open on only one end.
Trim seam to 1/4″ and use overcast foot to finish the seam (or if you don’t have an overcast foot, you can just zigzag the raw edge of your seam to help prevent raveling.)
To turn the tube, I fasten a safety pin into one side of the open end of the tube and then turn the pin, pushing it down into the tube, inching it along until it pops out the other end, pulling the tube right-side-out.
Once the tube is right-side-out, turn under about 1/4 inch (toward the inside of the tube) on the open end and stitch it closed, so no raw edges are left showing.
Iron the tube flat, being sure that your seam is along one edge.
Thread a needle. Knot the thread and begin making basting stitches about 1/8″ from the edge of your tube that has the seam. (Basting stitches are longer than regular stitches and can be used to pull gathers into your projects. They could be anywhere from 1/8″ to 1/4″ long and still work well for gathering.) Pull the thread tight as you make your stitches and allow your tube to gather, as you continue to sew to the very end.
When you reach the end, make sure you have you fabric gathered as tightly as you like it and then tie a knot. At this point, my thread was still long enough, so I continued working, from where I was, but if you need to, you could re-thread your needle at this point. Run the threaded needle through the corner of one end of your gathered tube. (Make sure it’s the corner on the edge with the seam.) Now start winding your gathered tube, into a tight flower, stitching through the next layers, as you go, to hold everything in place.
Continue wrapping and winding the flower until the tube is completely rolled and you have stitched along the seam edge of the tube to hold each layer of turns to the next. Tie a knot. Your flower is finished!! Fluff and shape it, then you’re ready to attach it to a hair clip.
You’ll need your finished fabric flower, a plain hair clip, the circle of felt and a glue gun (or fabric glue would probably work). I used a glue gun because it dries so much more quickly.
Using the glue gun, spread glue over the entire bottom of your flower (the stitched edge that has formed a tight circle). Lay the TOP of your hairclip into the glue, so that the back end of the clip is about 1/3 of the way from the edge of the circular bottom of your flower. Dot a bit of glue onto the back end of the clip and then press the felt circle over the back end of the clip and centered over the bottom of the flower. The clip will have about 2/3 of its length sticking out from under the edge of the felt. (You could definitely just glue the clip to the fabric flower, but the felt gives it a nice finish and makes a soft surface against your little one’s head.)
That’s an easy, frugal way to create adorable hair accessories for the little ones in your life! Hope you enjoy and if you make some, be sure to share pictures!
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