Once you get started making barrette covers, you’ll be addicted! You can sew them by hand or machine. In some cases you can applique before you sew fronts and backs together, in other cases you’ll have to wait until the barrettes are attached. Go wild or just leave them plain, the choice is yours.
Bling – ribbons, buttons, appliqués, lace, etc.
Contour clip barrettes
NOTE: The pattern included in the directions is for the Goody contour clip barrettes. They measure approximately 2” x 5/8”. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERN SINCE EVEN A SLIGHT VARIATION WILL AFFECT HOW WELL THE BARRETTE CASING FITS THE BARRETTE. DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING YOUR OWN PATTERN ARE INCLUDED BELOW.
2] If you are using a different size barrette you will need to make 2 patterns. First, close the barrette and trace it on paper. This will be your stitching line. Then add 1/8” around the shape. This will be your cutting line. Cut 2 pieces of felt for each barrette.
3] Next, clip the barrette to the edge of the paper as far as you can. Trace. This will be used as a guide later.
4] If using the 2” Goody contour barrettes cut out 2 pieces for each barrette.
5] Using 3 strands of floss, blanket stitch the 2 pieces together. You may prefer to use a running stitch. If you do, use 3 strands of floss and make a close running stitch along the stitching line.
6] On one side lay the pattern guide on the seam line. Mark the upper edge. This will be used as your cutting line.
7] Using very sharp, pointy scissors, cut along the line. CAUTION: be care to only cut through the back piece of felt.
8] Open the barrette and slip the front all the way down into the pocket you created. The back clip and the top of the barrette will be visible.
9] Careful stretch the “hood” over the top of the barrette.
10] Whip stitch the slit closed.
11] The barrette is now ready to wear plain or to be decorated.
12] Make the same as above except sew on the machine. If you are adding lace or ribbons sew them on before you stitch the 2 pieces together.
13] If you would like to use pinking or scalloped shears, cut your barrettes out slightly bigger. Mark the stitching line.
14] Now use your pinking shears to cut off the access material leaving a uniform edge around the barrette.
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