Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rapunzel Hair Clip Tutorial

I did a guest post over on Pink Tea earlier in the week for a Rapunzel Hair Clip (Barrette) holder. Here it is for any of you that may have missed it:


What you will need:
  • 2 pieces of plain, light coloured cotton measuring 20cm x 50cm.
  • Double sided fusible webbing.( I used HeatnBond Ultrahold but you can use any double sided fusible webbing.)
  • Fabric scraps for appliqué. I used green gingham for the hill, pale pink and white polka dots for the tower; dark pink for the window; flesh colour for the face and purple gingham for the dress. You can use what you like.
  • 1 piece stiff fusible interfacing (20cm x 50cm)
  • 1m of 1.5cm wide yellow ric-rac
  • Small piece of flower trim for base of castle (optional)
  • About 20cm of pink ribbon for hanger
  • Thin cardboard (e.g. cereal box) for templates
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Black fabric marker or permanent marker pen

 How you make it:

1. Cut out your background fabric.

2. Using the photograph as a guide, draw a simple tower shape on thin cardboard and cut it out. Do the same for the window shape, the hill shape, the face and the dress. Put them all together on the background fabric to check that you like all the proportions. If not, adjust them until you are happy.

3. Draw around the templates on the paper side of the double sided fusible webbing. Roughly cut out the shapes from the fusible webbing (don’t cut them out properly yet). Fuse the webbing on to the wrong side of the corresponding fabric pieces (ie green for the hill) and then cut them out carefully.

 4. Measure 1.5cm from the bottom edge of the background fabric and make a light mark. Line up the hill piece and fuse it to the background piece.

5. Using the picture as a guideline, pop the castle tower in place next, followed by the window, then the dress and finally the head.

6. Once all your pieces are fused in place, you can stitch around them. I used white thread for my stitching but you could use any light colour. Don’t use black as it shows up every little mistake. Set your machine to a zig zag stitch with a stitch length of less than 1 and a zig zag width of around 2.5. Do a test on a scrap of fabric to check you are happy with your width and stitch length. Once you are happy, stitch around all the pieces, starting from the bottom, going all around the hill and along the bottom of the castle. Snip the thread and then starting at the bottom left of the castle, stitch all around the castle. Snip the thread again and stitch around the dress and around the bottom of the face. Stitch the rest of the face. Check that you have snipped off all threads on both the back and front of your piece and that everything looks tidy. Press your work. Set your machine to a straight stitch and stitch some flower trim to the base of the castle (I stitched mine top and bottom).

7. Iron the stiff interfacing to the wrong side of the front piece.

8. Pin the back piece right sides together with the front piece. Starting at the top, stitch around all sides, using a 1.5cm seam allowance and leaving a 3cm gap for turning at the top.

9. Clip all four corners and layer the seam (cut the interfaced seam allowance close to the stitching.) Turn right sides out, gently poke out corners using a chopstick or similar and press.

10. Fold down the top edge 3cm towards the back and press and pin in place. Top stitch close to the bottom of the folded piece, creating a channel and closing the turning gap at the same time.


11. Turn the piece so the front side is up. Starting just below the channel you created, top stitch around the other three sides. You are nearly finished!

12. Take your yellow ric-rac and fold over one end by 1.5cm. Fold it again and stitch it in place. Do the same with the other cut edge.

13. Fold the ric-rac in half to find the centre and pin it in place around the top of the head. Use a zig zag stitch to fix it in place in the middle of the top of the head and down the sides. Using a marker pen or fabric marker, draw Rapunzel’s face on.

14. Take the ribbon and thread it through your channel using a safety pin (I poked mine through with a pencil.) Tie a bow in the ribbon to create a hanger. Attach your hair clips/barrettes and you are ready to go!

Do let me know if you make one of these. I’d love to see your version.



PaisleyJade said...

So cute and such a brilliant idea!!

Megan said...

that is so cute, love the ric rac hair! thanks for the tips on zig zag stitch length for applique too, I need to have a play with mine as I would like it to look much more like yours!

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

You come up with the best ideas, i love it!

Anonymous said...

That's adorable -I ♥ it and I know my little miss would love it too. It's now on my list of things to make. Thank-you for sharing!

Michelle said...

That is a brilliant idea!!!
I am so going to make one!! Thanyou for sharing

Taylor Made said...

Thanks for may have to be on my list for nieces as mine are too big now sadly.

Glennie said...

Your tutorials always make me want to rush off and have babies, preferably girls. Alas, too late ... And all nieces too old ...

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Too cute! I know my 4 year old would love one of these :)

Wendy said...

My 6 year old is "reading" over my shoulder and has put in her order for one of these, post haste! Beautifully done, Sarah...

Pearlin J said...

that ric rack hair idea is Ace!very cute :)

Angel.Pearls said...

Really cute, and so useful! My daughter would love to have one..Love Eva

clare's craftroom said...

That is so cute ! Great tutorial thanks.

Jill said...

What a fabulous idea! It looks great!

Casa de Vovó said...

Linda sua idéia!
Adorei vir passear por aqui!

julie k said...

I know a little girl who would love this. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are so creative Sarah, this is just amazing!


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