Project

Clover Hair Pin

Little girls love to wear pretty things in their hair. And nothing's prettier than a tiny clover. Attach a barrette, comb, or bobby pin, and you can wear springlike blooms even in the depths of winter.

Clover Hair Pin

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 7 2003

materials

  • Felt

  • Scissors

  • Needle

  • Embroidery Floss or Other Heavy Thread

  • Button, Bead, or Sequin (optional)

  • Craft Glue

  • Small Paintbrush

  • Barrette, Comb, or Bobby Pin

steps

  1. Cut small rounded leaves, then stitch them together (see basic flower how-to below). Most real clovers have three leaves, but you can make four-leaf clovers to wear for good luck, if you like.

  2. Next, sew a sliver of green felt to the back for a slim stem. Use a tiny dab of glue to hold clover in place on a bobby pin, and sew it to the top part of the pin to secure.

  3. Cut one petal or leaf to desired shape, then cut around it to make the rest. Our single-layer flowers have petals all the same size. For flowers with multiple layers, like the camellia, make rings of small, medium, and large petals.

  4. Sew a running stitch through bottom edge of each petal.

  5. Tie thread ends in a half-knot and pull tight, bringing petals together. Tie again to knot.

  6. Arrange flower pieces: Stack petals on top of leaves, and button on top of petals. Push needle up from back of leaves, petals, and button, then back down through the layers; repeat a few times. Tie off.

  7. Place a dab of glue on back of flower and press to barrette. To secure, sew flower to barrette with a few stitches.

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