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How to Make a Felt Flower Hair Clip

Posted by  ·  December 23, 2009  ·  Last Updated: December 23, 2009

I am thrilled to share the cutest little project from Calli at Make It Do blog, a felt poinsettia hair clip.  I am hoping to make one of these today for my daughter to wear on Christmas Eve.

Be sure to visit Make It Do, her blog is overflowing with creative ideas. Calli says, “In this blog I want to explore how happiness can come from simple things, and how good old fashioned hard work and resourcefulness might just be making a welcome comeback….”

Calli writes

Yesterday, my girls and I were working on a few Christmas gifts for their friends.  One thing led to another and I found myself making yet another flower pin.  This time a Poinsettia.  I loved this project and ended up making two for my girls, and plan on making more.  They are perfect as a broach or as a hair clip.


Here’s what you will need:

  • Small amount of red wool felt (I used scraps from another project.)
  • Very small amount of green wool felt (also scraps)
  • button
  • pin or hair clip
  • freezer paper
  • template  here is my simple template, but I also found this wonderful template from Kaboose.  It has a few more petals than my simple flowers, but that might look even better, here’s the link: Kaboose Poinsettia Template

1.  Start by tracing your pattern onto the paper side of a piece of freezer paper.


2.  Cut out your template, and place it on your wool, waxy/shiny side down.


3.  Using an iron set to wool, iron on the template.  It will gently stick to your fabric.


4.  Using good scissors, cut out around the template.


5.  Peel the template away from the wool.  It doesn’t leave a mark.  Isn’t that cool?


6.  Repeat with the smaller flower.  I just set the button down to see how it would look.


7.  Cut a 1 1/4 inch circle out of red or green felt.  Cut two small slits in the circle, just wide enough to slip a hair clip through.  This is for the back of the flower, on which to attach the clip or pin.


8.  Using just the bottom flower, stitch the circle around the back of the flower.  I used white thread to show the stitching better in the photo… Yah, that was it.  It wasn’t because my machine was already threaded with white and I was lazy.  That wasn’t the reason at all.  I was just thinking of you.

9.  Somehow I missed taking a picture of cutting out the green center of the flower.  I cut my green with a fluted edge, which was a little tricky and requires good scissors.  You can also cut it in a circle, but in that case, I would choose a button with a fluted edge.  I was dying to try pinking scissors, but I don’t own any.  So I just cut the fluted edge out carefully.  Sometimes you just need to make it do.  The finished green center was a 7/8 inch circle fluted.


10.  Layer just the smaller top flower, with green center and button on top.  And stitch together going through all three layers.


11.  Glue the bottom and top flowers together using hot glue.

There’s a front and back view, with a hair clip attached.  I like that this flower is flexible, I can easily pull out the hair clip and I can slip in a broach pin to wear on a sweater, hat or scarf.


Here it is pinned on a sweater…


Thanks to an idea a reader told me about on Craftzine, I also thought this would make a perfect topper for a gift.  That way the wrapping is actually like giving another gift.  (Using cheap yarn is much, much cheaper than ribbon!)

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Leave a Comment


  1. Friday, January 22nd, 2010
    My girls and I are planning a crafting afternoon (with wine hehe) and we totally want to make cute flower hairclips! Thanks soo much for the easy tutorial and the idea with that freezer paper, we'll probably make something similar to this! Did you say you bought the actual clips at Walmart???
  2. Claudia
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
    Thanks, Christina and Carissa, for the shopping tips!
  3. Sunday, December 27th, 2009
    I linked to this on my weekly roundup (post is under my name) - AND I included a picture of the one I made Christmas morning. Mass was cancelled because the priest couldn't get here, and I wanted something to match my little one's Christmas dress. All I had was an alligator clip kind of barrette (that goes poing!) so that's what I used, and I made a little stem to cover it. I didn't have green felt upstairs, of course, so I used red but it turned out fine. :>) Thanks for sharing!
  4. Carissa
    Friday, December 25th, 2009
    Also to help Claudia, I buy mine at Walmart. They come in a pack of 12 for $1.50. Can't beat a price like that
  5. Lisa Marshall
    Friday, December 25th, 2009
    Very great idea! They are so cute. Just a tip on the freezer paper. You can trace the flower onto the freezer paper, but cut around the shape, don't cut it out exactly. Then, iron to your felt. Then cut the shape out on the lines. It makes a crisp clean cut, and saves you time because you don't have to cut the complete shape out twice. Hope this helps, I use freezer paper for so many projects. Thanks again for the cute idea. I love your blog! Merry Christmas :)
  6. Shahrazad in Bahrain
    Friday, December 25th, 2009
    I have two boys whom will not like the clips but I never know you can use freezer paper like that… Thank you for a lovely idea and tip…
  7. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    Ooooo!!!! I just love the versatility of this flower!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    Merry Christmas!
  8. Allyson/@HBMomof2
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    This is absolutely freakin' adorable! Sorry to use the cuss word, but my goodness this is cute. Love it on a package, a gift with a gift, genius. Can't wait to try. I am thinking daisies for my Daisy Girl Scout troop and whatever color for our Easter dress! (Not poinsettia obviously, but the idea can translate so easily.) Thank you for yet another great post!
  9. Christina
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    These are too cute. In case it helps Claudia, one place I find them is Sally Beauty Supply.
  10. Charity
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    Awesome! Thanks!
  11. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    Gorgeous clip and decoration!
  12. Claudia
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    Adorable! Where do you get the hairclips you used for these? I've been looking for exactly this type, but haven't found anywhere. Thanks for the great tutorial.
  13. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    I love the patterns. I have been using up felt pieces from mittens I made out of sweaters. i love these flowers and will be making them in the coming days. I lurk here alot. I love love love this post! Thank You!
  14. RG
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    I am not crafty usually, but you give so many ideas that LOOK easy??? I am pondering doing this.....
  15. Ellen
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    So cute!! I am going to make some tonight for my granddaughters. Thank you for all of your ideas.
  16. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    Ackkk...how am I going to get all these cute things done? So sweet...Kim
  17. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    This is a cute idea and I think I might even have all the supplies on hand for this! I love the idea of using it to decorate a gift too. Thanks for sharing!
  18. Annegret
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    The flower hair clip is so very nice. A really good idea.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  19. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    How adorable is she dispalying her awesome little pin and hair clip...Thanks for the freezer paper idea..I would have never thought to use this...looks like it is breeze to cut this way...
    happy holidays...
  20. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    Okay, you are giving me too many ideas and I want to do them ALL. :)
    So inspiring! I am totally going to make one.