Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! This tutorial for sweet butterfly hairclips is the second post in this spin off series. Over to you, Laura!
To make these pretty butterfly hairclips you will need:
* The template sheet from the Butterfly Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in assorted colours (I used Fuchsia, Cotton Candy and Baby Blue)
* Matching sewing thread
* Binding clips or hairclips
* Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors
* A sewing needle and pins
* A glue gun and glue
* A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
To make the hairclips:
Use the templates to cut out the butterfly pieces from your chosen felt colours (I used butterflies 2, 4 and 5).
Follow step 3 of the Butterfly Wreath tutorial to sew the butterfly pieces together.
For each hairclip, cut a felt circle approximately 17mm in diameter in the matching felt colour. Sew each circle to the end of a clip using matching sewing thread, as shown. This felt circle is the base onto which you’ll glue the butterfly pieces.
Very carefully glue the butterfly pieces to the circles. Add the wings first, adding a small amount of glue to the circle then carefully pressing the wings into place.
IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.
Then add a very small amount of glue to the back of each body piece and carefully press them into position between the wings.
How sweet are these clips!
Additional photography by September Pictures.