Barrette toppers make a nice, broad platform for most anything you want to put on them -- candy, painted squiggles, drawings, sequins, beads, charms, or just a fabric with an interesting pattern. Try using alternating colors of paint to create a pattern that looks complex.
Do you like fish? How about unicorns? Are you more of a bird person? Glue some on! Your barrette topper lets you go wild -- or keep it mild. Make yourself a pair of toppers and use them to pull your hair back at the sides.
What You'll Need:
- Medium-weight non-stretch fabric, 2-3/8" × 4-1/4"
- Lightweight quilt batting, 1-3/8" × 3-1/4"
- Lightweight cardboard, 1-3/8" × 3-1/4"
- 2-3/4" barrette
- Glue gun
How to Make a Barrette Topper:
Step 1: Trim the corners of the fabric, batting, and cardboard to make them rounded.
Step 2: Glue the batting on top of the cardboard.
Step 3: Lay the cardboard and batting on top of the fabric, making sure they are centered; the cardboard and the wrong side of the fabric should be facing you. Apply a drop of glue to each corner of the cardboard and fold each corner of the fabric over so that they are glued together.
Step 4: Apply glue to the four edges of the cardboard and fold the four edges of the fabric over so that they are glued together.
Step 5: Glue the top of the barrette to center of the cardboard.
A little ribbon, a little glue -- you might be surprised at how glamorous a barrette you can make with these simple items. Find out how on the next page.