Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ribbon barrettes- A tutorial

The little gal's hair is in her eyes now, but it's too fine to hold barrettes...even the tiny ones. I thought I'd try making some of these ribbon barrettes that are very popular to see how they would work. They stayed in! The only problem is that the little gal likes them so much she takes them out to look at them, and then attempts to put them back by tapping them on her head. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Alligator clips
scraps of ribbon (3/8 inch wide by 4.5 inches long)
hot glue gun

To prevent your ribbons from fraying, use a lighter to seal the ends. Just hold the end of the ribbon and slowly move it near the flame. When it's close, you will see the ends of the ribbon start to melt a little. All it takes is a few seconds, and it will cool almost immediately.

Make sure the bend in the clip (if your clips have a bend) is towards the bottom.

Start by hot gluing the end of your ribbon to the top of the clip on the inside. No need to put glue down the whole length, just a dot at the beginning of the ribbon is fine.

Wrap the ribbon over the top, and glue it in place along the length of the top. Continue to wrap the ribbon around to the bottom, and use a spot of glue to hold it in place.That's it! So easy, I made a whole set, including hearts for Valentine's Day.


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