Crafty Felt Fun

My friend Greta is literally about to pop with baby-girl number two, yet somehow she has found the time and energy to post about some amazing felt toys and accessories that she’s made for her two-and-a half year old daughter, Ava. I can’t help but find these objects beautiful, functional, and oh-so-inspiring! Click on the links for more details and photos on her blog.

Hair clip ribbon with leaf pocket for ponytail holders

Felt Roll-Up Play Mat

Felt Tea-time Goodies and other Play Foods


Making Paper-Covered Binder Clips

Every once in a while I participate in a craft swap. It is interesting to get a package in the mail from another participant, sometimes from across the globe. As a matter of fact, the partner I send to this time lives in the Philippines. Anyway, it gives me an excuse to make a couple things, including these paper-covered binder clips (first seen here). I cut out small pieces of origami paper, added a little glue on the clip body and then wrapped and pressed the paper around it. Pretty!


Valentine Idea: Day 8 – Hair Accessories + Giveaway!

Hair Accessories + Giveaway – If only I could get my baby to grow more hair, she might be wearing a set of these conversation heart hair clips some day. For now, I’ll just have fun making them. And guess what? One lucky reader gets to keep them! Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday the 13th. Want to make your own hair clips? It’s easy! Here’s a link to my hair clip tutorial. If you’re not the crafty type, below are links to several adorable handmade hair accessories available on Etsy.

Heart Ponytail Holders (set of 2)

Love is in the air – pony and clip set

Wool Felt Hearts Hair Clips


Making Cute Hair Clips + Tutorial

I had so much fun making these cute and easy hair clips after finding several great tutorials (1,2,3,4,5). These are ideal for babies, but fun for older kids and adults, too!

I experimented with three different types of ribbon materials. The top three use self-adhesive paper-crafting ribbon from Joann’s, and the last two use regular ribbon secured with Fabric Fusion adhesive (I don’t know where our glue gun is, nor do I ever use it, although it would probably be handy here). The purple one and green gingham one in the center are wrapped with textured tape from Making Memories and were the fastest and easiest to make. I found instructions on this tutorial for making the bow on the white one. To embellish the green gingham clip, I glued on a white button and used the flower heads off of two brads for the ends. (Note: be extra cautious with this kind because of the possible choking hazard).

Postscript: I noticed that one of the tutorials linked above is not available right now because the author is doing some site work, so I’ve decided to do a quick version below. I am using the textured tape here, but you can also use craft adhesive or a glue gun to hold regular ribbon in place.

1. Materials needed: Metal single prong hair clip (I got my box from Sally Beauty Supply), about a 7″ length of ribbon, and adhesive. The lighter is for sealing the ribbon ends, if needed, to keep the edges from fraying.

2.Pinch the clip open and lay your ribbon beginning on the inside bottom, being careful to keep it on straight.

3. Wrap the ribbon around and adhere it along the bottom of the clip, making a nice crease at the tip.

4.Push the ribbon into the gap behind the pinching ends to cover the back.

5. Continue to wrap the ribbon up and over the top.

6. Bring the ribbon over the top tip (again making a nice crease here) and adhere it to the inside top of the clip.

7. Add embellishments, if you’d like.

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