April 16, 2014

recent craftiness: embroidered hair clips...

embroidered hair clips | yourwishcake.com
I've been in a funky mood for the past week, and yesterday while Eisley napped, I decided that the only solution was to grab some thread and bits of scrap fabric, and create something completely random. As I mentioned to a few people before, the idea of stitching appeals to me so much because it is somewhat old-timey and something you do completely with your hands. No machine needed…it's just your fingers, a needle and thread. (And a bandaid if you stab yourself in the cuticle.)

The act of stitching is so calming…almost therapeutic. It makes me feel like Ma from Little House on The Prairie. Except that poor woman didn't have the opportunity to wear skinny jeans and enjoy romantic comedies streaming on Netflix while stitching a couple sweet hair clips. Instead she was worried about wolves and making butter and keeping her family alive.

But I digress.

I still like to feel a tiny bit like Ma when I take the time to sit down and do things like this. No shame in my game.

In any case, I was so happy with how these little clips turned out! They were so quick and easy. And made completely with inexpensive items I already had tucked in my crafting nook. (You can snag a set of 12 metal clips at the dollar stores around here, which is pretty darn awesome. I always have a bunch on hand.) All I needed was fabric, felt, embroidery thread and needle, lace, a metal clip, and some hot glue. (That may sound like a lot, but odds are if you are a fellow crafty lady, these are all things you have laying around somewhere.) To get the sizing right, I just measured around the clip—making sure I had about .25" around each side. I embroidered the fabric with one layer of felt behind it, then glued it to another piece of felt, which held the clip in place.

Easy peasy!

embroidered hair clips | yourwishcake.com
Whenever I make something, I always have that moment of, "Do I sell this or keep this?" This time, I decided to give both of these to Eisley. They work remarkably well, since the clips hold the hair so securely and snap into place quite nicely.

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I'm unsure of whether or not I will be making more to sell in my shop, but I'll keep you posted. These adorable paper tags were in the dollar bins at Target last month (with about a dozen in each package) and I think they work perfectly to display the clips if I decide to sell them! I'm a nerd about packaging, can you tell? I always love figuring out how I'd display or package something, even if I don't end up listing it in my shop.

The past week has been busy around these parts, and I've definitely fallen behind on anything I've wanted to post here, but that's how it goes, right? I'm at the point where I've stopped worrying about posting or not posting or how often I post or anything like that. Too much stress on my brain. And it takes the fun out of blogging, you know?

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