Monday January 31, 2011

Heart clips for the little girls you love.

For this project you will need the following supplies:

1.  Small scraps of material in a variety of colors and prints ( 5 inch squares will be plenty big)
2.  Red, pink, purple, and gray felt
3. Heat ‘n’ Bond
4. Metal hair clips.  I like using the 30mm rectangle, metal snap clip, but any metal snap clip will do.
4. E600 industrial strength glue (or any glue that will adhere to metal)
5. Buttons, thread, ribbon, etc. . . just an assortment of items to decorate the clips.

Take your scraps of cotton material and iron squares of Heat ‘n’ Bond to the wrong side of the fabric.  I really do recommend Heat ‘n’ Bond over other iron-on adhesives.  I’ve tried other brands and they just don’t work as well (Pellon brand is particularly hard to work with).

Next, fold the felt in half and cut a half heart shape on the fold (just like you learned in kindergarten).  I used my pinking sheers because it made the heart look like a traditional heart doily.  Make sure that the felt heart you cut out is big enough to cover the snap clips you are using.

Choose one of the coordinating material squares (the ones you ironed the heat ‘n’ bond to) and cut a slightly smaller heart out.  Lay is on top of the felt heart and see if it fits nicely on the larger heart.

Peel the paper off the back of the smaller fabric hearts.  It should come off easily.  If it wants to stick just iron it a bit more.  Lay the rest of the hearts out on the ironing board and iron them onto the felt hearts, following the instructions on the Heat ‘n’ Bond package.

Now for the fun part!  Round up buttons, appliques, ribbon, and thread and decorate your clips.  I like adding small embroidery stitches around the heart.

Once you are happy with the way the hearts look, take the glue and add a thin layer to the top of the clip.

I pop the clip open and center it onto the heart.

Leaving the snap clip open, I held it in place with other clips, just until the glue set up.

This really is a fun, satisfying project.  Something sweet to clip onto a Valentine’s Day card!

7 thoughts on “Monday January 31, 2011

  1. foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown

    those are so adorable!! i’m definitely going to be making some of those!! sets of those would make great baby gifts or birthday gifts too…love this idea!
    your little lady has the cutest curls, and her side profile is beyond adorable!


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