From Bows to Button Hair Clips

Contributing Writer: Laurel MacDougall

I have a daughter that is too old for bows and ribbons.  Yes, the day has come.  I think these button clips are a great older option for girls hair.  They are really easy to make – follow along.

You need:

Button cover kit – I used 3/4″.  The first time you buy this you need the kit.  Any other times, you can just buy the refill.
fabric scraps
craft wire
clip for hair
OK – with your pliers, grab the shank and remove it.
Next, cut a couple of inches of your craft wire.  Bend it in half.
Slide this wire through the bottom of the clip, and through the bottom of the button (be careful when you remove the metal shank that you notice what side it was on.  You want that side facing the clip).
Twist the wire, trim it, and smash it down so it as flat as you can get it.
Grab your fabric scrap and the button cover kit.  I only use the white plastic part.
Lay your fabric, right side down in the white thing (I’m sure it has a name, but I will call it the white thing) and put the top of the button over it.  I make sure I line it up so I get part of the fabric that I like.  I’ve done this before and ended up covering the button in the empty spaces instead of the pattern – whoops.
Trim the fabric.  If you have too much fabric, it’s hard to push the back on.  If you have too little, the edges pop out.  There is a pattern on the back of the button package that will show you the size of circle to cut out.
Put the clip/bottom of the button on, fold the fabric in, and push.  There are pretty clear instructions on the back of the button package.  I can usually push hard enough with my fingers.  You can kind of feel it snap in place.  If it doesn’t, the button will just fall apart – so push until everything is nice and neat.
Remove your clip from the white thing and admire.
Cute, cute, cute.! We’ve done a variation on an elastic instead of a clip, and they are darling.  I’m just a tad bit clumsy using those elastics.  Just saying.
Make a slew of these – they’re fast AND cute, it’s a winning combination!  It is projects like these that energize me.  It doesn’t take much time, but it gets me going!
(can you tell she was just humoring me until I un-paused her show?)
I had a blast preparing for this and thinking of all of you reading this!  Come pay me a visit over at Ducks in a Row.  I share my organizing tips, sewing projects, our never-ending home projects, some recipes – you know, a little of this and a little of that!

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10 Responses to “From Bows to Button Hair Clips”

  1. February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Great solution for little ones who will no longer wear bows!

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      Lauren, yes Laurel came up with such an easy and inexpensive way to substitute bows.

  2. February 29, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I cannot believe that little sweet girl will not wear bows! Cute idea! Pinning it!

  3. February 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    nice idea! i might have to try this for my niece when she tires of fluffy flowers and sparkly bows. which i hope is never. 🙂

  4. February 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    These are super cute! I love making fabric covered buttons, so I’ll definitely give this a try!

  5. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    Adorable and great tutorial thanks

  6. March 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    so cute! and what a sweet little girl. i would love for you to add this to my new link party… spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested! there’s a great scarf giveaway going on there as well!
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

  7. March 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    So sweet! great tutorial! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon!

    Bonnie 🙂

  8. January 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    I love these! Do we buy kits from you or should we buy at craft shop? thanks Jan

    • Inspired by Family Mag
      January 26, 2015 at 5:35 am #

      We don’t sell the kits. Happy crafting! ~mari

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