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Instructions to make your Own Fabric Flower Hair Clip

Updated on September 30, 2010

Fabric Flower Hair Clips

Fabric Flower Hair Clips
Fabric Flower Hair Clips

Making a hair decoration

So, you want something cute, trendy, and unique to wear in your hair other a ribbon hair bow.  These easy to make fabric hair flower clips are a great beginner's craft or even a fun craft for kid's to do. You can make them in all colors depending on what fabrics you have. You can make a Halloween hair clip or a Christmas hairclip, it's only limited by the fabric scraps you have on hand. So grab some of your favorite fabric scraps that you've been saving and let's get started. You know the ones I'm talking about, the scraps you  couldn't bear to part with because you just knew that someday you could do something with them!

This is a also a GREAT craft for little girl's parties, scrapbooking or for embellishments to your other crafts or even to make pins for your clothes and purses, the possibilities are endless.

Items You Will Need For This Project

  • Assorted fabric scraps
  • Buttons to coordinate with your fabric choices
  • Coordinating thread
  • Strong sturdy fabric or craft glue (in the craft depart of your local "megamart") I don't recommend hot glue because it will not hold well on the metal clips 
  • Alligator hair clips. you can find these online or at your local craft store.
  • Pins for pinning your fabric onto your pattern
  • Sewing needle
  • Starch and an iron
  • *Optional* small ribbons, pieces of trim or ric rac to add extra embellishment to your hairclips.

Drawing and Cutting The Pattern

First you will trace out onto a sheet of paper some basic flower shapes. It really doesn't have to be fancy and this is much easier than you think, even if you think you are not crafty you CAN DO THIS!!!  You will need a small flower shape, medium flower shape, a large flower shape and an extra large flower shape. The actual dimensions will depend on you and whether you are using it for a baby, a clothing pin, etc. Experiment with the sizes on paper until you are happy with  them, then you will cut them out and they will now be used as your pattern for cutting out the actual fabric.

Putting the Fabric Flower Hair Clips Together

Cut out your completed paper patterns. Now select what fabric scraps you are going to use and starch them heavily with spray starch and iron them. You don't want to skimp on the starch because you want them to be stiff instead of floppy. Pin the pattern on to your fabrics and start cutting out each flower carefully. Once all your pieces are cut out start laying each flower out starting with the largest on the bottom and ending with the smallest on top. Lay them randomly so that the flowers don't all match up and that you can see the rounded edges of each flower behind the other one as you see in the photo. Just experiment until YOU like it! Once you are satisfied with how you have your little flowers then pin it so you don't lose your position.

Now it's time to find a little button  that looks really cool and makes your fabrics just "POP". Thread your needle, put your button on top and sew that button on. You'll want to securely sew the button on because this is what is going to hold all those layers together. Be sure to tie it off securely at the underside of the fabrics. If you are using your fabulous new Fabric Flower for embellishment then you are done, but if you are making a hair clip then grab some old cloths or old newspapers to protect your work surface from getting all "gluey".

Now it's time to whip out your heavy duty craft of fabric glue. (You might want to open a window, I don't want you passing out from the fumes before you've finished your great new project.) Smear some glue generously onto the bottom side of your fabric flower in the middle, about the length of the hairclip you will be using.  Next smear some glue onto the top side of your hair clip, not the bottom part. The flat bottom part of the alligator clip goes against your head so don't put glue on that part. Now place your hair clip smack dab in the middle underside of your little fabric creation and press it firmly down, holding it in place for a few seconds and pressing all along the length of it to make sure all areas have good adhesion to the clip. I like to use a REALLY tacky, sticky glue like Quick hold craft. If you have any extra glue seepage just wipe it away with a damp cloth.

Let your clip dry COMPLETELY. I would suggest you let it dry overnight before sticking it in your hair, unless you are looking for a permanent hair embellishment and I'll bet you're not so give it ample time to dry.

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pinning it all together fabric hairclipBottom view of fabric hairclip  tied off securelyFabric hair clip with alligator clip attachedFabric Flower Hair Clip almost completedThe glue I use
pinning it all together fabric hairclip
pinning it all together fabric hairclip
Bottom view of fabric hairclip  tied off securely
Bottom view of fabric hairclip tied off securely
Fabric hair clip with alligator clip attached
Fabric hair clip with alligator clip attached
Fabric Flower Hair Clip almost completed
Fabric Flower Hair Clip almost completed
The glue I use
The glue I use


Well now you've accomplished that and you'll be ever so popular with all your daughter's friends because of all the cute little creations that you'll be making for everyone. You can even get really enterprising and sell them at your local craft faire! Have fun! For more ideas and downloadable sewing patterns just visit my website See ya soon!


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    • chgdesigngirl profile image

      chgdesigngirl 4 years ago

      Thanks guys, I'm so glad you love it!

    • RhondaHumphreys1 profile image

      Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

      cute ideas

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      craftarrific 5 years ago from California

      These are great!

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      thebookmom 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Love this! Can't wait to let my girls try it. Thanks for the clear directions.

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      Painter Penfield 6 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

      These look fun to make and I have just the pile of scrap fabric to do it with!

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Aww.. these are so cute! Great instructions too.. thanks bunches for sharing!

    • chgdesigngirl profile image

      chgdesigngirl 7 years ago

      My daughter likes to pick out fabrics for it and then she just has to have one for her cabbage patch dolls as well!!!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      This will definitely be great for my 5 year old grandaughter! She'll love it!

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      chgdesigngirl 7 years ago

      Thanks bunches tnderhrt23!!!!!

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      tnderhrt23 7 years ago

      Nice hub. I am an artsy craftsy gal and your directions are clear and easy to follow. Cute idea for a kid's craft project. Thanks!