Welcome to my FIRST Tutorial! Exciting! (for me, probably not so much for you but stick with me guys). Today’s tutorial is simple, quick and very addictive. The heart hair clip was "created" by my eldest son Jack in February 2010, when he wanted (me) to make a little gift for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.
All you need to make these are
- 2 sheets of felt in matching / contrasting colours
- 2 heart shapes (drawn freehand or traced, mine are two different sizes of cookie cutters drawn round onto card) The larger heart is three inches, the smaller heart two inches.
- Packet of hair clips (these were £1 for a pack of 12 in Primark)
- Matching embroidery floss
(Apologies for the state of my heart template — Noah took a bite out of it when he was around six months old and I just keep forgetting to replace it, I just flip it over when drawing round)
Ready? Right — first of all either trace round your largest heart twice and cut out, or pin it onto your fabric and cut round. Either way, you will need two of the large heart.
Pop one heart to the side and take a hair clip. Place the hair clip onto the heart and put two dots where the hair clip ends as shown.
Make a small cut between the two dots so you can slide the hair clip through the gap. It should now look like this on one side:
And this on the other:
Set this to the side and take the sheet of felt you haven’t used yet, and cut a smaller heart from it. Take the piece of felt you haven’t put the hair clip on and pin the smaller heart to it like this:
Taking the embroidery floss, use two strands and thread your needle. Use whatever stitch you are most comfortable using to secure the smaller heart to the larger heart (I’ve used a basic running stitch).
Now take your other large heart and place the FRONT of the hair clip (bright pink part) behind the piece you have just sewn the smaller heart onto, then pin together.
Take another two strands of embroidery floss and sew the two hearts together, again using whatever stitch you feel most comfortable with — for the outside edge I’ve used blanket stitch.
And that’s it — one pretty little hair clip! Simple, effective and can be embellished with buttons or left as it is, and if you would prefer to wear as a Brooch then leave out the cutting and putting in the hair clip step and simply sew on a brooch back.
Thank you for taking the time to read (and hopefully) follow this Tutorial.