Every once in a while, I get a special request from one of our grandchildren to help them with a project.
Our granddaughter, Belen, was assigned to lead her troop in an exercise that she planned and orchestrated. She and her Mom put together an orienteering exercise and Belen led the troop through the exercise. She wanted to have a small gift for each of the troop members at the end of the exercise and asked me if I could make something for them. We discussed various options for a gift and she chose some custom made barrettes – one for each troop member. Nana (aka me) was pleased to help her.
I enjoy making barrettes on my embroidery machine. Years ago, I purchased several Snap Clip Cover in-the-hoop designs from GG Designs . I love to make special custom snap barrettes from this design that match the occasion either in fabric color, special theme, etc.
Belen and I decided to put “Happy Trails” on her barrettes with a flower to dot the “i” in trails. I digitized the final design in my embroidery software. For this barrette design, I duplicated my design in my embroidery software 15 times so that the end result would be 16 completed barrettes. The next step was to send the design to my embroidery machine and stitch it out.
When the top part of the barrette design was completely stitched out, I pinned the second layer of felt to the back of the hooped design. The machine stitched out a final outline stitch that secured the backside felt to the front of the barrettes and completed the barrette designs.
Since the snap clip cover design from GG Designs is essentially a blank clip, you can virtually decorate it any way you like.
Once the stitching was finished, I carefully trimmed around each barrette and made a small slit on the backside of the barrettes.
Next step was to insert the snap clips into the slit on the backside of the barrettes and PRESTO – you have a custom made barrette!
I printed out a message from Belen that I glued to several small note cards. Then I punched a hole in the 16 notecards so I could place a finished snap clip onto the top of each card.
In just a few hours, I was able to complete 16 personalized barrettes for Belen’s Brownie Troop. Of course, I had a lot of help from our new puppy, Toby, who was eager to assist with each step along the way!
I was anxious to deliver the finished barrettes to Belen at her school so she could share them with her friends when they completed her project.
The good news is they were very pleased with Belen’s orienteering exercise as well as her gift of the “Happy Trails” barrettes, which they are all modeling in the above picture.
What a fun opportunity to help Belen with her project! What have you been sewing lately? This rainy, cold weather is perfect for sewing projects. I would love to hear about them.