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Be mine barrettes

 
What could be a sweeter gift or a cuter outfit accent than a teeny, handmade heart barrette? Adorable and understated, this DIY goody from NYC craft shop Purl Soho is the perfect prezzie for all your girls. Better make lots, ‘cause everyone’s gonna be grabbin’ ‘em, including you!

 

What you’ll need:

 

Small (3/4-inch long), plain girls snap-clips. Find ‘em at your local drug store.

Pink, white, red and fuchsia felt

Embroidery thread in colors that contrast your felt

A heart barrette template from Purl Bee, available here.

 

What you’ll do:

 

1. Cut two large hearts from one color of felt, following the template linked to above. One will be a back piece, the other a front piece.

 

2. Attach the hair clip by snipping a tiny old on one side of the back felt piece. Slide the arm of the clip through the hole and snap the clip shut.

 

3. Sew the felt pieces together with a simple running stitch using a contrasting color of embroidery thread.

 

Mix it up: For barrettes that look like miniature Valentines, make the back piece large than the front and use pinking shears to cut it out. Use two contrasting colors of felt, and stitch them together with a thread that matches the back piece in color. You can also make the plain hearts, as directed above, and cut out a smaller heart in a contrasting color felt for a “framed heart” effect. How cute!

 

For photos of this craft and a step-by-step DIY, click here. Want more fab crafts from the Purl Bee? Check out the blog here.

BY GL ON 1/12/2013 12:00:00 AM

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