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flower pins/barrettes

theartroom | Posted in General Discussion on

How do I hand sew an alligator clip or a pin to silk flowers so they look neat and finished.  I really don’t care to use glue.  They have to look exceptionally  finished. 

Any ideas or examples would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.


  1. sewfar | | #1

    I know that you said no glue but maybe you can incorporate this technique which covers the alligator clip with ribbon. It entirely covers the metal and gives it a very finished look. I did glue the rick rack flower on..it was a child's barrette and is long gone so no picture.
    Hopefully I can explain or someone can better clarify my directions if they are not clear. I used 1/4 inch wide grosgrain. I used a clear glue, sparingly.. Start with the end of the ribbon as deep inside the alligator "mouth" as you can get and run along the inside gluing it down. Match the ribbon at the point of the barrette and go down the outside gluing as you go to the "squeeze" end. Do not cut the ribbon but push a loop gently into the "u" shape where you squeeze the clip and continue down gluing as you go. At the point, carefully match the ribbon again and continue down the inside with a little glue on the ribbon or metal. Cut the ribbon as close to the "alligators" jaw as possible. I held it open with a tooth pick so it would not glue together as it dried. You can now attach your decoration. I glued mine on and it has survived a toddler for quite awhile now.

    1. theartroom | | #2

      Thanks so much, I think I understand the technique.  Did you use a fabric glue or a glue gun?  The glue gun seems like it would be a little more difficult to control.

      1. sewfar | | #3

        I rarely use glue guns. I am not fast enough and make a mess. This time I used a clear glue called Dazzle Tac as I had it on hand and it said it was flexible but usually I use a clear all purpose glue like those which can be found at the dollar store. I smear a little on the ribbon with a toothpick.

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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    Wrapping some thread, fishline, or beading wire(the really flexible one) will give you a good base to stitch into. It will be virtually invisible as well. Cathy

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