Beaded Crystal Hair Clips {tutorial}

I originally shared these over at So You Think You’re Crafty, but I thought I would bring them home to my blog too! 
I’m so excited to be here with you today to share my beaded crystal hair clips, and I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I wear some variation of bun in my hair almost everyday, so being able to add clips to my hair is really a great way to add color and style. 
(the head on the left is not mine, it’s my daughter’s, which is why her color is different) 
 I’m only going to show pictures for the clip on the far right, because it used the most steps, but all the clips are some variation on the same theme. To begin with I put some plain white cotton fabric in an embroidery hoop, and then put a square of wool felt on top. The felt is for structure, and the cotton for something that will stay taught and not stretch. 
In the middle of the felt, I sewed down a green flat backed plastic crystal; next I added a ring of glass beads, and then an additional ring of navy diamante trim. The trim is couched down on the low spots between the crystals.  
For the next step I added teardrop shapes of gold chain by stitching through the holes in the chain. Inside of the teardrop I couched clear diamante. 
 Inside of the clear diamante I added more blue glass beads, a couched row of real gold bullion chain, and then cream glass seed beads; I then traced 3 new tear drop-ish shapes in pencil onto the felt.
 And then there was MORE layering!on the outside of the gold chain, a layer of green crystals, and then more blue glass beads. Then I added more green crystals to the additional teardrop-ish shapes, and then more blue beads, gold bullion, cream seed beads, etc.
After filling in everything, I lastly added some more navy crystal diamante, and then some glass beads to bridge the top loops shape to the rest of the clip, so that it’s not floppy, and although I didn’t take the picture, on top I added a ring of the clear and green crystals over everything (can be seen in the finished product.) 
Once all the beading etc. is done, you cut the cotton fabric as close to the stitching as you can on the back. 
 I also cut the felt a little closer, but not all the way close to the edge yet.
 Next I cut a tiny slit in the back piece of fabric, and slotted an alligator clip through. 
 Here’s the closed clip on the inside.
 Then I covered the back of the felt in a lot of fabric glue
and thoroughly squished the clip and fabric onto the back of the felt piece. I stretched it from the center out so there is a slightly cupped shape to the clip, so it forms better to the head. 
 Before the glue dried, I trimmed the edge closer to the beading, and then blanket stitched in tiny stitches around the edge. I sewed it before it dried, because it is easier to stitch then. I don’t think there is any likelihood of fraying with the felt, and all the glue I used on the back fabric, but I added the blanket stitch so that there is no chance the layers would start to roll apart or separate at all. 
 and then here are the finished products…..
I used a hole punch to open up a couple of holes in the clip, so there wasn’t the expanse of blank felt.  For the other two clips I used some large plastic jewels, and the yellow one has some sequins too (I also couched a navy silk cord down with the blanket stitch on the edge) but they are pretty much just about hand stitching and building the layers. My big hints are to have a variety of beads and stones, use felt that will blend into the background (the felt isn’t the star of the show!) and use really strong thread. I have so many more of these clips in the works as soon as we get done with So You Think You’re Crafty! I need more colors! I would love it if you came and said hi! to me over at cathgrace, and I am so excited for the rest of the competition!!!

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