We threw my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend and I have a couple of crafts to share with you, but first I want to show you how easy it is to make Minnie Mouse hair clips! I’ve never made felties before with my embroidery machine, and it took me three tries before I finally got something I liked. The first two were not photo worthy, nor were they usable at all. My daughter’s theme was Minnie Mouse, and it was a small family party. Initially I wanted to go overboard on all things she could wear. And the night before the party I decided to make a shirt and I ruined two shirts. My machine just ate them right up. But you know what? My daughter is already the proud owner of a couple of Minnie shirts, but she really needed Minnie Mouse hair clips – and that I could help her with. The key to felties, I’ve learned, is the stiffness of the felt. You could probably use a stabilizer, but I got a sheet of the stiff felt from Joann’s, and it was stiff enough for my machine. (By the way, I’m using a fairly basic embroidery machine by Brother.) I bought the design off of Etsy. (The design I had purchased is no longer available, but this one looks comparable.) I already had the alligator clips, thread, and you can use fabric you have in your stash. I literally only needed about 2 inches by 2 inches of fabric. Once I had my felt in the hoop and on the machine, I was able to start stitching out the design. In my two previous examples, I forgot about the fabric for the bow. So I slid the fabric on before the bow stitched out, and then I tried to trim it as close as possible, without having to remove the hoop from the machine. I could have done at least 3 or 4 Minnie Mouse hair clips in one hooping. When I took the hoop off the machine, I cut a square piece of fabric, and used a temporary adhesive to stick it to the back of my design. I then cut around that entire piece. I wanted to have the backing the exact same size, so it wouldn’t look weird on the clip. Things got interesting with the hair clip. I used some all-purpose glue and cut a tiny strip of felt to go around the end of the clip. I then slid my clip through the Minnie Mouse feltie, and adhered it again with the all-purpose glue. I let it dry overnight before trying it out on my daughter. And she LOVES it. It’s so simple, yet I was happy I was able to make something she can wear more than once.
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