This is such a simple and versatile little handmade item, but I thought it would be fun to do with red hearts - perfect for Valentine's. Of course, you can adapt it and make flowers or other simple shapes, and use different colours to compliment favourite outfits. While Ruby helped out with a bit of sewing, she wasn't fully comfortable with it. But as it's only a couple of stitches, and older child could do it themselves easily.
You will need:
Matching or contrasting button
Needle and matching or contrasting thread
A suitable hair clip or slide - I used a crocodile clip (tip you can pick up a pack of 4 in Poundland!)
Begin by cutting 3 felt shapes of graduating size. The largest needs to be approximately as wide as your clip. You can use a template, or cut them free-hand.
In your largest shape, snip two slits either side of the centre for your clip to slide through. The style of clip I used needs one to be larger than the other as shown.
Layer your shapes, with the largest at the bottom, and finally hold your button in the centre. Tie a knot in the end of your thread and with one stitch, go through all three layers and the button hole. Take the thread back down the other button hole and through the three layers again. Repeat with about five or six stitches, or until you feel it is secure. To finish, tie a knot at the back close to the fabric.
Slide your clip through the slits at the back.
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