Introduction: Matching Accessories-Fabric Hair Clip

Fabric hair clip/brooch - to match and finish off an outfit.
Best applied using fabric with some sort of print or motif where the edges of the print or shape are defined eg flowers can be turned 3-D, embellished and sewn to a basic clip, comb or brooch clasp for a matching dress accessory.
 I used leaves fashioned from a strip of excess seam allowance fabric, from the inside of a vintage dress that I took in to make It fit me.
The fancy hair clip with added bug brooch* finished off the outfit.
(*old brooch was cleaned and I replaced the missing stones on its body first, before fixing in place) 

Step 1: You Will Need:

o   Fabric
o   Thickest iron-on interfacing you can get (can build up layers to requirement)
o   Sharp Scissors,
o   Thread the colour of the fabric
o   Sewing Needle
o   ElectricIron
o   Pen or fabric pencil
o   Basic Hair Clip/Slide/Comb or brooch back
o   Embellishments eg, beads, feathers, net, rhinestones, small brooches (great use for broken clasp ones or odd earrings that still look pretty but cant otherwise be used, they can be sewn on to fabric shape in place)

Step 2: Fabric:

Cut out excess fabric seam allowance from either large hem of the garment to be matched or from side seam allowances, if the item has been taken in and access fabric has been left over.
 Any material left over from newly made item is a good way of recycling the scraps also.

Step 3: Cutting Out:

Trim around the defined area shape leaving at least a 5-10mm boarder so it can be folded in.

Step 4: Interfacing Filler:

Lay the cut out piece face down on the shiny side of the iron-on interfacing and pin in place in the centre, this is so you can lift the edges and trace the actual edge of the defined shape.
Or you can make a Patten with tracing paper or even baking parchment. to get the shape if it is tricky. 

Step 5: Cutting Out Interfaceing:

 Cut the required shape out of the interfacing, making sure that when the shape is cut out, the shiny side of the interfacing will iron on the back of the fabric shape.

Step 6: Fixing in Place:

Iron on the interfacing on the back of the fabric piece so it lines up with the edges. Add a few more layers if you require to pad areas out.
Then from the back of the fabric, tack the edges to the interfacing to hold it in place and press it with an iron again.

Step 7: Backing:


Trace the final shape out on the interfacing but this time when cutting out the final interfacing which will be the backing, cut inside the line by a few millimetres so when ironed on the back It doesn’t come to the edge of the piece but covers the rough folded over edges neatly.
Iron on the Backing and add a strip of interfacing the length of the clip or comb for added support.

Step 8: Finished Item:

 Sew clip/comb or brooch backing clip in place and add final touches of bead work, feathers or jewellery and you are done.
 

Step 9: Take Two!:

In the end I made two clips as I had enough fabric and put them together, a small two leaved one and a bigger three leaved one and clipped the small one to the big one for a total bigger effect , so it can be used in place of a small hat or fascinator.
 

Step 10: The End:

A perfect matching accessory for that one of a kind dress or even added to a plain bag to pull an outfit together.

Comments

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jennybotha (author)2012-12-07

Love it!!!! what a great idea, especially when you sew your own garments.THANKS

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fantasia1940 (author)2010-05-06

This is so wonderful!! :D thank you very much for posting! it's such a funny coincidence that I just finished making my senior ball dress, and was planning to get started on a matching hair pin today (with no idea how to do it) and I happened to be on instructables, and happened to find this. :)  So helpful! ^__^

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Verity Vale (author)fantasia19402010-05-06

Glad it helps! If you make two, you can always put a pin clip on the back of one and add it to a plain cluch purse to make it match too.
Have a wonderful time at your Prom.

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