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Project

Punched Floral Barrettes

Constructed out of fabric-punched blooms, flowering hair clips are the perfect way to brighten up Mom's day.

Introduction

Make these floral barrettes for Mother's Day using Martha Stewart craft punches.

Materials

  • Fabric, assorted Indian cotton, from B&J Fabrics, 212-354-8150
  • Flower craft punches by Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Micro hole punch
  • Pips
  • Contact cement
  • Bobby pins or comb

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by punching fabric flowers: Lay a piece of fabric in a shallow tray. With a medium paintbrush, apply enough fabric stiffener to saturate, but not soak, the fabric. Let it dry, about 1 hour. Repeat with any remaining fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Using craft punches, punch out petals and leaves as close together on the fabric as possible.

  3. Step 3

    Using a micro hole punch, make a hole in the center of each bloom. Slip a pip through each hole, and secure it with a dab of contact cement.

  4. Step 4

    Hand-stitch flowers to bobby pin or comb.

  5. Step 5

    Secure the back side of the stitch with contact cement. For an extra-special presentation, insert the hairpins through holes made in a large punched leaf.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2007

Reviews (4)

  • 26 Apr, 2011

    Hi Dragonswing: Have you tried poking thru with a large headed sewing needle.... like a darning needle??? It will leave a [filtered word] large enough to get your center pips thru, but not tooo large to make it an unsightly [filtered word]. I use a scrapbooking punch tool which is 1/16"...... it is perfect for putting brads thru or for the pips for these types of flower projects. Good Luck.

  • 26 Apr, 2011

    I think if you use a fabric stiffener as opposed to starch that you will have an easier time of it. There is a difference. Good Luck!

  • 16 Apr, 2011

    Does anyone know what punches were used? Are they even Martha Stewart punches?! The blue one is a Martha Stewart punch, but what about the yellow and red ones? Those are my favorite!

  • 3 Jan, 2011

    I'd like to know how you get the fabric to punch. I have tried different weights of fabrics, tried starching them and ironing, but all I get is either a jammed punch or a ripped [filtered word] in the fabric.