Sweet Animal Barrette Tutorial

I have a fun little project for those of you who'd like to make some sweet little Animal Berrettes!  This will be my first tutorial and I'm hoping to offer more in the future. 

These little cuties are SO easy to make and really don't take long at all!  All you need is:
:  Felt in different colours
:  Seed beads
:  Embroidery thread
:  Polyfil
:  And a metal hair clip

**  Please read through carefully before you begin  **

:  Print out the pattern at the bottom of the page.
:  Cut out two faces, two ears of your choice and the flower

Using a double strand of embroidery thread, embroider a tiny X slightly below the centre of the face.  Sew on the seed beads as shown and, if you like, add little 'lashes' at the outer corners of the eyes.

Whip stitch the darts on front and back face pieces, making sure to sew them up on the wrong side of the felt.

Open both pieces and carefully sew the ears onto the wrong side of the back of the head using invisible stitches.  Just make sure that you don't see the stitches on the right side.

This is what the front and back pieces look like at this point.  Note how I've placed the ears slightly inside the edges of the head.

Pin head front and back together, wrong sides together and whip stitch around to the base of the ear.

Blanket stitch across the entire length of the ear and then whip stitch to the second ear, repeat blanket stitch once you reach that ear. 

Continue whip stitching around, but leave a space at the bottom for stuffing.

Stuff the head, using an orange stick or popsicle stick to gently push stuffing in as you go.  Whip stitch bottom closed.  Do not cut your thread, instead, insert it in through the bottom and out just below an ear.

Thread your felt flower onto the needle.

Add a seed bead in the centre and carefully attach flower to the head. If you have enough thread left at this point, take it out through the back of the head.

Using the photo as a guide, place metal clip at the back of the head and securely stitch the inner prong in place. 
And there you are!!  How sweet is that??  I'm pretty sure that any little girl would love one or two of these adorable hair clips!  Of course, you could also attach a pin back onto the back and make them into brooches too:)
Please click here to download and/or print the pattern pieces. Then just print and you're off to the races! Hope you enjoy making these for yourself or someone you love:)




  2. Thank you!!!! These are sooo cute and you are sooo sweet!!! Hugs!!

  3. WOW! Thanks a lot! Hugs!!! It's so kute, kawaii!!! Definitely going to make it for my cousins!
    I agree with Bertha, more tutorial would be AWEEEESOMEEEE!!!

    And oh! I check out the Stuffed Magazine. The stuffling is so Pretty! I believe the Peanut by Mandy Finders and your works are the best in the issue. My sister and I love the Green Puppy, yet, I didn't know the Sweet Stuffling has a Puppy X)

  4. You are so welcome! I've been wanting to do a tutorial for a while and this was perfect as a start!

    Victoria, thanks for your kind words about the Stuffed article! I made the green puppy specially for the magazine and, if you or anyone else would like the ear pattern for him (cause that's all that's different about him), just email me and I'll gladly send it to you:)

  5. P.S. I should have mentioned that I'll send the ear pattern to anyone who has purchased the Sweet Stufflings pattern.

  6. Oh my gosh, how stinkin' cute are these!

  7. Those are so sweet!!! =D
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for sharing - great tutorial!

  9. Hi everyone! We've just updated the pattern pieces as the original post was not printing them at the correct size. Please click on the link above for the new version and follow the instructions. It takes a few seconds, but it's worth the wait:)

  10. These are so cute. I love them.
    Thank you very much for sharing.

  11. Very cute! Thanks for sharing such good instructions!

  12. so sweet, thanx for sharing
    joan in italy

  13. I can't seem to download the pattern.


  14. You're very welcome!

    It takes a while for the pattern to upload before you can print it, but if you're still having problems Carolyn, let me know and I'll get my hubby to take a look:)

  15. So SWEET! I love them and know a little girl who will love them too. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  16. I love this! We've been away on vacation for awhile so I'm just catching up...but wow, I'll have to start on some of these for my girls for back-to-school. The younger girls will love them :)

  17. Ahhh! I LOVE these and will be making them for my little girl... and a few gifts as well. So adorable and in classic Gingermelon style!

  18. wow, so cute, I'll definitely made this one, thank you very much, (=

  19. Thank you so much for this terrific tutorial, I will become a follower! I found this o Pinterest but I have a blog and will check yours daily. I am a pre-k teacher and am going to try and make each of my girls one of these for Easter. Is there a special type of felt that you use? Thanks again for being so generous and sharing you knowledge!

  20. These are so adorable! I also found this off pinterest but sadly the pattern linke doesn't work anymore :(

  21. Love the tutorial. I clicked on the pattern link and it is unavailable. Is there a way to get the patterns. Thanks

  22. I can't get the pattern pdf to display either. I click on it and nothing happens. These are adorable! Thanks!

    1. Hi Robin,

      You might want to try opening it in another browser. Someone else had the same problem and it worked when they tried a different one. Let me know if you have any luck:)

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  24. Thank you Shelly, these would be so sweet to make for my grand neice!

  25. Just made one for my 2 year old daughter and I'm pretty sure it's the cutest thing I've ever made...besides her! Thanks so much!

  26. Thanks Shelly for the pattern and tutorial..after i asked you for the pattern i decided to give it a try myself and came up with a kitty clip design...i designed a penguin, and a doggie. thanks again will give your pattern a try!!!

  27. Oh my! ...up till now why didn't I come on over to your Blog?!! All I can say in my behalf is -----> DUH!

    Now to express my gratitude for your generousity... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU (3x's for emphasis :) Too kind for going to the trouble of getting out again your fun TUT, the barette tut. SWEET!

    Just something to entertain and wondering IF you ever tried ?? Have you ever used or worked with hemostats? ...for turning and stuffing? With your dollies the smaller tiny ones would seem to work best. But the orange wood stick is a great tool too. Just a thought/sharing ideas Ü Guess it's what you get used to working with.

    So now i need to make a gift...which pattern? Hmmm, you make it harder than I thought! LOL

    Thanks Again~ ENJOY!
    mizz liz

  28. Thank you! These will be perfect as stocking stuffers for my dear daughter B. Thank you!

  29. Does it get any cuter than this! Love these I hope pdf will open for me - having problems

  30. I cant open the pdf :( Tried different tabs, windows and all sorts, but nothing... have an upset little girl who wanted to make some :/

  31. These are so adorable!
    I'm so glad I found your blog today!

  32. OMG!! that is too cute, I just bought 3 patterns from you. and cant wait to make them. but this little hair cuttie, is to much.. how sweet.
    thank you so much for sharing. thank you..


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