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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.




  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Floss or Other Heavy Thread
  • Button, Bead, or Sequin (optional)
  • Craft Glue
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Barrette, Comb, or Bobby Pin


  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 4

    Sew a running stitch through bottom edge of each petal.

  5. Step 5

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

  6. Step 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. Step 7

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

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 7 2003



Reviews (13)

  • agroovymom 17 Mar, 2011

    Adorable and inexpensive!

  • CraftTestDummies 17 Mar, 2008

    These little clovers are also cute on pin curl clips. Simply take a little velvet ribbon and glue it to the top clip, then add your sweet little shamrocks and clovers. The pin curl clip holds the hair a little better, and gives a broader base for your embellishment to sit on.-Jenny at CraftTestDummies

  • gabrielapmb 17 Mar, 2008

    I also agree with Cynthia!

  • Doyle5 15 Mar, 2008

    Hi, I'm am emailing from Australia. I think the instructions for the clover pin are perfectly fine. Thank you so much. P.S. Cookie book not available in Australia as yet. I have ordered it from Amazon. Can't wait to receive it. Norma

  • angelmartha 14 Mar, 2008

    redo this craft

  • ErinHenriod 14 Mar, 2008

    Very cute, you can also cover buttons and slip the button loop through the bobby pin and glue it for another fun project that looks amazing!

  • pinky4531 14 Mar, 2008

    This would be a lot better if it had a pattern that we could have traced. It would have been easier for the children to do these. We also did these for several different occasions. Like my daughter is turning 8 years old so we made a big 8 and glued it on bobby pins. She will wear these on her birthday.

  • funlovinmom 14 Mar, 2008

    Me too! Needs better pictures

  • judykokepelli 14 Mar, 2008

    What's not to understand? True, how-to pictures would help, but te directions are pretty self explanitory.

  • MeLucero 14 Mar, 2008

    Obviously you do not have the luck of the Irish.

  • minnie64 14 Mar, 2008

    It really could have been explained a little simpler and pictures would have been great.

  • VictorianJudy 14 Mar, 2008


  • cynthiabmcghee 14 Mar, 2008

    These directions were usless. The picture of the clover pins was just a shot of the childs head. No close up was supplied.I need to see pictures of the steps to create the clover.