Tutorials/Hack

Cute small bow & flower clip

small bow, cut bow, felt flower clip
How to make a mini bow clip

My littlest was born with a full head of hair. I love that I can put bows in it to tame the ‘cocky crest’, as we call it. This is a really quick hack to make a small bow and a felt flower clip.

The clips I find that work best in her fine hair are the alligator clips that look like this (I find mine at Spotlight).

alligator-clip

The cute little bow:  I have been using the tutorial from Flosstyle to make the bows, with some differences. I also played with the size so I can make a cute small one as well as the size set out in the tutorial. (Link to Flosstyle Tutorial)

The initial differences I make is to the band. I find it easier to sew the band wrong sides together then flatten/press it so that the seam and raw edges are at the back. I wind it round the centre of the bow, trim off the excess, fold under the end and hand stitch it to the back.

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This is the underside of the bow, my hand stitching isn’t neat but I find it less fiddly to do it this way.

 

The dimensions that I used to make this one smaller were:

Main bow: 7 cm x 10 cm (2 3/4 inches x 4 inches)

Centre band: 3cm (1 1/4 inches) x 5cm (2 inches)

The little felt flower clip: To make the flower, I used the free tutorial from Molly and Mama (tutorial link).  I chose the ‘magnolia’. When I printed it, I reduced the scale (to about 80%) to make it smaller.

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I glued the leaf to the bottom of the flower and added a couple of stitches by hand to hold it in place.

To attach the clip to the back, I cut 2 circles from felt at 1 inch diameter. The first one I glued to the bottom of the flower and leaf. The second circle, I put slits in it for the clip. I used 2 slits, centred in the circle. They were just wider than  clip and about 1/4 inch apart. I glued the circle around the edge and joined it to the first. Then I could slip the top part of the clip through the slits

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The small alligator clip attached to the felt flower.

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