I'm really excited to blog about these barrettes. This was one of my favorite projects this year. I found the idea on Angry Chicken (a huge asset to the Portland Craft Community). I keep a running draft email where I house craft ideas I find that I might want to make in the future. I reviewed the ideas I found over the past year looking for Christmas present ideas and this covered barrette project jumped out at me.
I made two sets of these pink barrettes for my young nieces. For these I followed Angry Chicken's tutorial pretty closely. I hand sewed the sequins and seed beads to a round piece of felt which I sewed onto the flower. I also hand sewed the felt barrette cover because my sewing machine and I haven't been feeling the love.
Well, I was hooked! I wanted to make barrettes for everyone, but thought the covered version didn't look hip enough for friends. I remembered these felt flowers and knew I was on to something. The inside flower is a die cut from Kansas. I cut out two larger flowers. One larger flower was folded in half and I cut two quarter inch parallel slits. Then I put both larger flowers together and sewed a die cut flower to both layers. Finally I slipped the clip in through the slits and secured the barrette by sewing on the center of the flower (which admittedly didn't work perfectly, glue might be more permanent).
I made 7 pairs in all. Here my sister models her pair. After Christmas, I made myself a pair. Mine are in the first picture.