(WARNING! There are many pictures in this post, proceed with caution.)Have any of you tried to make a hair clip with a crochet motif or a little flower? I've made them many times. It is easy to make a little flower. It is also easy to find snap clips. But for me personally it wasn't always easy to connect the two in a neat and pretty way, and at the same time to keep the hair clip from falling apart.
To tell you the truth, I've never searched internet to get ideas, I used to sew a piece of fabric to a snap clip, and then sew a flower onto that fabric. I've also tried to grue the flower onto the clip, but it always comes apart very soon. I came up with an idea of making tiny snap clip "hats". Only now that I'm writing this, I am wondering if someone somewhere invented something similar already.. Hm... Oh well... Maybe I've re-invented a bicycle, but at least I've taken a thousand of step-by-step pictures :) So here it goes:
How to decorate boring hair snap clips.
You'll need crochet thread #10, crochet hook US #7 (1.50 mm). Snap clip (2" long and just under 0.5 inches at its widest point).
How to read this pattern: First goes the explanation, then the picture right below the words it refers to. Very simple :)
You will work in round starting from this chain. It means that at first you will work into loops marked with little red dots, then you will make your stitches on the other side of the chain, into the loops marked with yellow dots.
You've finished round 1.
Continue working in rounds and make 24 sc around (=3 more rounds of sc). This is what the "hat" will look like:
Turn is right side out. (use the dull side of your hook to help you turn this tiny thing right side out.
And now you have a tiny hat that will fit the hair clip perfectly.
Feed the ch 4 through the snap part of the hair clip (I have no idea what the correct anatomy terms for the snap clips are, but you know what I'm talking about).
Turn the clip around and admire how neatly it looks. But wait. We are not done yet. We still have to make sure the hat stays on the clip forever.
Oh and on a picture below those are not the eyes and a red nose. This is my way of showing you where fext stitches will go. Make a sc into the st marked with yellow dot. For the next st, insert your hook into the st marked with red line AND through the chain, finish the sc. Next make a sc into the st marked with green dot.
Make a slip stitch into the next st. And this is what the other side of the hair clip looks like at this moment. At this point there is no way to take off the hat, it is connected with the hair clip very securely.
And it is complete! Making one "hat" takes me less than 10 minutes for sure. They always turn out very neat and hold this way forever! I hope you find this tutorial useful!
Sew on your favorite flower.
I've got a few flowers just the perfect size for the hair clip:
Hibiscus Flower (pattern here):
Dahlia Flower (pattern here):
Mini rose flower (pattern here):
Ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, sl st into the same st as last dc. First petal is complete.
[Sl st into next st, ch 2, 2 dc in same st as sl st, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, sl st into the same st as last dc.] 5 times. The flower now has 3 petals. Fasten off.
Ch 3, dc in 1st ch, ch 2, sl st into 1st ch.
[Ch 2, dc into the 1st ch of the flower, ch 2, sl st into the 1st ch of the flower.] 4 times. 5 petals in total. (All the petals connect into the very first chain of the flower.)
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Connect the two flowers together, and sew onto the hair clip "hat" :)