Recently I’ve been collecting fabric like a mad woman. Remnants, and trimmings, and offcuts, oh my! All the lovely colours and patterns have inspired me to create loads of cute projects and this fabric flower clip is one of my favourites!
This tutorial includes an extra special touch as it uses embellishments from a broken necklace I found in the bottom of my jewellery drawer. If you’re like me, you’ll have the odd earring whose match has gone missing or a necklace with a broken clasp. Time to UPCYCLE!
I grabbed a gem from this necklace (hence the gap between the bird and the bead) and used it as the centre for my flower.
Here is how you can make your own fabulous flower!
You will need:
- gem or bead from an old/broken piece of jewellery
- fabric of your choice
- sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)
- elastic thread for bobbin (if using a sewing machine)
- hot glue gun
- alligator clip
How to make your clip:
1. Cut a strip of fabric 2 inches wide by 9 inches long.
2. Using your sewing machine with elastic in the bobbin, sew all the way down about 1/4 inch in from one edge. This makes the fabric ruffle nicely. If you don’t have a sewing machine, simply sew a wide running stitch all the way down one edge.
3. Grab the loose end of elastic (or thread if hand stitching) and pull gently to create the ruffle and bring the two ends of the flower together.
4. Stitch the two ends together
5. Grab your lovely jewel/gem/bead
6. Place a dab of hot glue on the back
7. Attach jewel to the centre of your fabric flower (I pulled a few of the loose threads from around the flower to create a frayed look)
8. Place a generous dab of hot glue along the length of your alligator clip and attach to the back of the flower
Now you are ready to clip your flower to anything your heart desires! The possibilities are endless:
Headband (simply clip onto a plain headband)
Handbag clip (my personal fave!)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial — if you make a clip please come back and share a link so that I can see your gorgeous creation!