Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Wardrobe admin: Tutorial - corsage hair clips

Corsage hair clips, as made by EJ
It's been such a long time since I've done one of these posts! The blog has definitely been more baking-focussed of late, but this week I've been putting my crafting skills to good use with some good old-fashioned accessory making. Hair accessories can all too often be grossly overpriced, I've definitely been guilty of last-minute panic accessory buying to complete an outfit for an event, only to look at what I've bought a few days later to realise I could probably have made it myself. Still, accessories can make or break an outfit - and it's lovely to have lovely things.

To make these pretty corsage hair clips, you will need:
Calico (enough for a strip 24cm x 9cm plus enough to cut two circles 1.5cm diameter)
Small white buttons
Small kirby grips (one per hair clip)
Pinking shears
A pair of compasses
A tailors chalk pencil
A hot glue gun and glue

A selection of white plastic buttons
Kirby grips- you'll need one per hair clip
Two 1.5cm circles of calico
Cut two small circles, approximately 1.5cm diameter from the calico.

Glueing the kirby grip in place
Grip one of the 1.5cm calcio circles with the kirby grip and secure with a dot of hot glue.

The base of your hair clip
Immediately place the second 1.5cm circle on top to sandwich the top of the clip between the two layers of fabric. This will be the base of your hair clip. Set this to one side while you prepare the rest of the materials.

Calico approx 24cm x9cm, folded in half
Fold the remaining 24cm x 9cm strip of calico in half and use the tailors chalk and compasses to draw six circles approximately 3.5cm diameter.

Fabric pinned in place and ready for cutting
Pin the two layers of fabric together.

The 12 calcio circles
Using pinking shears, cut out the 12 calico circles

Making the hair clip - step 1
Dot a little glue onto the centre of the base. Fold one of the 3.5cm circles into quarters and secure it with the hot glue.

Repeat this process three more times to form the first layer.

Layer one complete

Repeat this folding and glueing process two more times with the remaining eight circles, offset each layer from the previous one.

The corsage hair clip, with three layers built up
You will now have used all 12 x 3.5cm circles, building three layers.

The finished corsage hair clip
Dot a tiny bit of glue into the centre to glue down a small button to finish!

Corsage hair clips, as made by EJ
These hair clips are quick and easy to make - you can adjust the size to make them as large or as tiny as you like, they are also pretty as brooches.


  1. These are so cute! And seem pretty easy to do, I must remember this!

  2. Very easy to do, if you get your act together you can make one in less than 10 minutes :)