Felt Hair Clips, Again (this time, the cheating way)

by ilene on August 31, 2012 · 5 comments

in baby, sewing, tutorial

Last year, I shared how I handmade some sweet felt hair clips for two special little girls (see tutorial here!)  This year, I got lazy.  I discovered an easier way to make felt hair clips that was much faster  and turned out way cuter than anything I could sew.  It’s kind of cheating, but I found these adorable felt shapes at my Michael’s craft store on sale for less than $2 a packet:

Aren’t they just the cutest ever?!  I like how they are layered with different colored felt and have little buttons. The stitching is impeccable, too.  I could never sew that neatly!  There were so many different designs available, too.  I had a hard time picking!  The little  insects are PERFECT for my friend N’s new baby girl who has a critter-themed nursery.  I knew I had to make her something with it!  I’m going to save the cupcake shapes for a later project.  I think that they are originally meant for scrapbooking or card making because they had a foam adhesive on the back.  I just peeled it off as best as I could:

All I had to do was hot glue them to metal hair clip backings.  Because I wanted the clips to be gentle on little girls’ head, I didn’t want to glue the felt pieces directly onto the metal clips, so I sewed 2 pieces of felt to create a little “pocket”. I used  high quality wool felt that I had in my stash.  The high quality felt is MILES better than the cheap 59 cent/sheet felt at craft stores.  It’s soft and dense, not itchy and fibrous like the cheap stuff.  Also, an advantage of making the “pocket” is that it covers up the metal parts of the clip. You can see the metal prongs poking out if I didn’t find some way to cover the prongs since the clips are generally longer than the felt pieces themselves.    I put hot glue along the top prong of the clip and slipped it into the “pocket” I created. Then, all I had to do was hot glue the felt embellishment piece on top of the little “pocket” I created. Pretty simple, right?  Here is a photo tutorial of these steps:

Here is the back view of all the clips I created.  The little felt “pockets” really makes it easy to glue the pieces on top.  I had collected so many different types of metal hair clips over the last year!

After making these clips, I decided I wanted to sew a little matching felt bags to put them all in so that they don’t get lost.  Plus, its a cute way to package the gift!  They held the clips perfectly!

The felt bags were really simple and I sort of made it up as I went along. Felt is great because it doesn’t fray so you don’t have to worry about hemming the raw edges. You can just cut and sew!  I basically just cut out a rectangle and then folded it up about 2/3 of the way. The top 1/3 will fold down as the flap.  I added a small piece of velcro to close the flap:

I added a custom label to the top flap that covered the velcro stitching:

This green bag was perfect for the critter hair clips:

The two little felt baggies and all the hair clips together:


So easy, right? And they look so professional!! I’m saving the pink flower ones for my baby girl! I can’t wait for her to wear them one day!

If you must make felt hair clips by hand, here is the tutorial of the ones I made last year with embroidery and felt.  They took probably 3-4 times as long to make!  Click on photo to see the full tutorial:

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1 Young Chao September 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Love these! Super cute!

2 caitlyn collins February 24, 2014 at 7:43 am

These are just so sweet! I love the little envelopes you made for them.

I wonder though, would the sticker felt shapes work as well?

3 ilene February 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I’m sure sticker felt shapes would work just as well!

4 Dana Roberts July 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Just what I was looking for and thanks! I was thinking the same thing about making the designs by hand versus purchasing them. Great article and thanks again. 🙂

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