If you have a daughter/s, grand daughter/s or nieces with long hair, you’ll know how expensive hair barrettes, slides, bobbles etc are in shops.And being mass produced it’s hard to find something unique.I made these felt leaf barrettes as a welcome home present for my middle child and oldest daughter, Cat.She’s currently away with her school class mates on a PGL trip, canoeing, zip wiring, hiking, and enjoying all manner of fun outdoor activities.She has long hair and often has it is up, but lately I’ve noticed many of her friends wear all kinds of pretty slides in their hair.I raided my felt stash to make some felt leaf barrettes, perfect for the autumn season upon us.Although the leaves can be made in bright and dark greens for spring and summer wear.
You will need:
Tracing paper/parchment paper
Dress maker pins
Felt in various leaf colours – old woolen jumpers that have been accidently shrunk are a good alternative
A glue gun
1.Find an outline of a shape, you can easily draw around a real leaf or find one in a colouring book or online.
2. Using the tracing paper or parchment paper trace around the outline of the leaf.
3. Cut out the leaf shape from the tracing paper/parchment paper.
4. Place the leaf outline on the felt you want to use and pin securely.
5. Carefully cut out the leaf using a sharp pair of scissors.
6. Remove the pin and put the paper aside.
7. Using a hot glue gun, glue along a bobby pin, the side where the pin curves up.
8. Take the felt leaf and carefully but firmed place the leaf along the pin.Hold in place for a few seconds whilst the glue cools.
9. Repeat several times until you have pairs of felt leaf barrettes in the same colour.I also put two leaves together on one pin, you could try a bunch of leaves in different colours.
My youngest and 2nd daughter has already picked out some ladybird barrettes for me to make for her, infact she has autumn and winter ones already marked with sticky notes.
Have you made any barrettes of your own? Have you done anything frugal and family orientated this week?
The Frugal Family linky is open until the 2nd of December 2015