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December 20, 2011

Fabric Hair Clip Crafts

Last month I went to a holiday boutique with some friends. We fell in love with the fabric hair clips we saw there. At $15 each, I thought it was a bit pricey, so I decided to make some of my own. Depending on the material you use, you could make each clip for as little as $1. I recommend buying just a quarter yard of each fabric (which doesn't cost more than a couple of dollars). For each quarter yard, I am able to create 2 hair clips. The most expensive part is actually the centers for the hair clips. You can use buttons, beads, silk flowers or whatever you like.

Here's an example of one I made.
The materials you will need:

* cardboard
* pen or marker
* fabric (quarter yard)
* felt (quarter yard)
* scissors
* needle & thread or sewing machine
* buttons, beads or silk flowers
* E6000 craft glue
* hair clip (alligator clip)

1. To begin, I used a tea cup and a coffee cup to draw 2 circles on a piece of cardboard. I used the cardboard circles as my templates. I used the small circle template to cut my felt. The felt is used as the base for the hair clip, so you will only need 2 circles for each hair clip. With the large cardboard circle, I used the template to cut up 18 fabric circles (per hair clip).
2. With my small felt circle, I marked where the center is using a marker or pen. This is an important step because it will help you with the sewing later.
3. Take the fabric circles and fold them into thirds.
3. Sew the fabric onto the felt backing. When you are sewing your circle, be sure to sew as close to the center as possible. You want to sew 3 layers of fabrics and each layer should have 6 petals (hence the 18 circles you cut earlier).
4. This is what it should look like when you are done sewing.
5. Turn the fabric flower upside down and use E6000 to glue another felt circle onto the back. This covers up the sewing you did to make it look nice and neat :).
6. Use E6000 to glue the hair clip.
7. Flip the hair clip over an glue something in the center using the E6000 glue. You can use beads, buttons or silk flowers. Be sure to let your hair clip dry over night.
Here's a couple more examples of what I made using leftover fabrics and buttons I have in the house.

Happy crafting!

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