Monday, September 28, 2009

Embroidered Felt Pumpkin Hair Clip

Here's how I made an embroidered felt pumpkin hair clip for Serenity and my friend's little girl, Cobee Lynn.

For another cute Halloween clip, go check out my Felt Spider Hair Clip!

You can click on any of the pictures to ZOOM in!

4 3/4" L x 2 1/2" W orange felt (I used craft felt)
orange and black embroidery thread
skinny embroidery needle
3 smallish round black sequins
green 3/8" grosgrain ribbon 1/2" long
brown 3/8" grosgrain ribbon 2" long
pumpkin template (download here)
2" snap hair clip (I forgot to put it in my picture!)
lighter or fray check (Forgot this one too!)

Fold the felt in half, pin the pumpkin template to the felt, and cut. You'll end up with two pumpkin-shaped pieces.

Next make the leaf and stem. You can hot glue the ribbon or use a couple of stitches. I stitched my stem since I'm not completely reliable with a glue gun - yet! Place the green ribbon on top of the brown ribbon - stitch them together. Fold the green ribbon (as pictured) to form the leaf, then make another small stitch holding it in place. Finish off and set aside for now.

Now you're going to make the pumpkin's eyes and nose using the sequins. Make a cut on a sequin at a slight angle. Do the same thing on the opposite side. You now have a triangle with a curvy bottom! Make a cut straight across the bottom - slicing off that last curve. A perfect triangle! Repeat for the other two sequins.

Attach the sequin eyes and nose to the pumpkin using the black embroidery thread. Still using the black thread, embroidery a mouth with whatever stitch is easiest for you. Finish off. I used a back stitch on one clip and a split stitch on the other one. I like both stitches.

Fold the second felt pumpkin in half lengthwise and make a small cut near the top of the felt. Slip the hair clip into the cut you just made, center(ish) it, and then snap it closed.

Sandwich your clip between both pumpkin pieces, arrange the leaf and stem, then using the orange embroidery thread, make a running stitch around edge and finish off. Trim the stem to your preferred length, and use fray check or a lighter to seal the ribbon.

All done!

How cute is that?!

POST-IT-NOTE: This project took about 15 minutes to whip up, and it was very cheap to make too! I purchased the green ribbon from Hobby Lobby on sale for $1/spool and the brown ribbon from Micheal's on sale for 50¢/spool. The sequins came in a variety pack from Wal-Mart (there are thousands in there) for cheap - I don't exactly how much it was, but I'll try to remember to check and post it here. The clips were around $3 for 30 (Wal-Mart), and I used very little thread - not even 10¢ worth. The felt was 4/$1 at Hobby Lobby and I only used a small rectangle piece.

So if I had to guess how much the clip cost to make, I'd say maybe 50¢? Probably less!

POST-IT-NOTE 2: I found my snap hair clips at Wal-Mart in the sewing notions section. They were right by the Dritz button cover kits and packaged elastic. But if your local Wal-Mart doesn't sell them, the Ebay store, Bonita Girl Shop sells a 100 pack for $4.99 + $2.75 s/h. That's 7¢ apiece!

POST-IT-NOTE 3: I would like give a HUGE thank you to One Pretty Thing and Dollar Store Crafts for linking this post!

Serenity is still wearing her pretty pumpkin clippies! Click the link below:
Fun Halloween Outfit

Have fun!

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Crystal said...

So cute!

Corey~living and loving said...

darling. I'm still trying to find the metal clips for a reasonable price locally. I am not sure if you saw my question about WHERE in walmart you found them, craft or hair stuff. My walmart recently downsized the craft section.....and I couldn't find them. Joann's didn't have them, and i have no other craft stores locally. sigh....I'll probably have to order them and pay shipping. ick.

Anonymous said...

Too cute! I can't wait to try these tonight.


Marjorie said...


JWWurman said...

Thanks for the source of the hair clips -- I keep forgetting to get them when I go to the store, so I just bought them on eBay while they were top-of-mind. DONE! Now I just have to get myself organized for the rest of it...

Do you use wool felt, btw, or are you using acrylic felt from JoAnns/Michaels/Hobby Lobby or equivalent?

SO cute. Dying to get started on these! :)

Anonymous said...

I featured this tutorial on my most recent post! I just love it!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Love it! I will have to remember this for next year! For me, since I have a son! : )

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