This year's recital theme was "Create Change." I had a class of 4- to 5-year-olds who started their ballet dance as the caterpillars and a class of 5- to 6-year-olds who were the grown up butterflies. As crafty dance teacher, I thought a great end-of-the-year recital gift would be hand-made hair clips with either a caterpillar or a butterfly!
I completed twelve caterpillar clips and twelve butterfly clips in one and half weeks (with a part time job and teaching classes three days a week); spending about an hour or two each day.
What You'll Need
Instructions: The Base / Attachment Piece
Using the green ribbon, I made a little base for the insects to attach to so they were secure on the hair clip.
Since hair clips come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, I do not have exact measurements for how long the green ribbon should be... I used a piece probably twice the length of the clip. Once I had all of the pieces of green ribbon cut (one per clip), I lightly & quickly ran the ends of the pieces through the flame of a candle to prevent fraying edges.
You'll attach the green base in two parts:
1. Fold the end of the ribbon over so that it is sewn around the end of the clip (the part you pinch to open the jaws of the clip) BEFORE sewing the insect to it. This way you know where to attach the insect so it sits on the clip in the right spot.
2. AFTER sewing the insect to the base on the clip, you'll fold the remaining ribbon over on the TOP of the clip (pinched open so you only cover the top part of the clip). Be sure to do this after sewing the insect to it, it covers up the stitching AND secures everything to the clip.
Instructions: The Caterpillar
The caterpillar hair clip is as easy as sewing 1.5" lengths of ribbon into little loops and attaching them to a base.
As you can see, I cut the purple ribbon to be only one inch long and proved to be difficult to work with. I recommend cutting the ribbon into 1.5" pieces. Once the pieces are cut, lightly and rapidly run them through a candle flame to prevent fraying. This is crucial here because you will be sewing the ends together and fraying will lead to detachment.
Referring back to the base instructions, once all loops are attached to the base you will fold over the excess green ribbon and sew it over the TOP ONLY of the clip. Don't be fooled, even I accidentally sewed one of my clips shut.
Instructions: The Butterfly
Click through the gallery for instructions at each step.
And there you go! I clipped the barrettes to pieces of flower-shaped card stock paper with the dancers' names to hand them out at the recital. They were a huge hit!