Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright are here with a fun project to introduce their new book, Pom-Poms!: 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects! You can learn lots more about the book (including info about events, a book blog and more) at Awesome Poms! Today you’ll get a peek at the easy, sweet style of the projects with Sarah and Lexi’s Flower Barrette tutorial below, a variation of felt pom-pom brooches in the book.

From the publisher:

    They’re timeless, spunky, and tantalizingly chic– and anyone (yes, anyone) can make pom-poms. With 25 fully illustrated, oh-so-simple project instructions, these poufy, pretty balls of fluff will soon be popping up everywhere– around your home, throughout your closet, in the hands of your friends, even at your next party. Use yarn to make ‘em in patterns, from speckles to stripes to polka-dots, then up your pom-pom prowess by trying tissue paper, tinsel, coffee filters, cupcake wrappers and a host of other unexpected materials.

Author Sarah Goldschadt has joined us here at Sew Mama Sew before. She shared projects from her Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects book in our Family Crafting Month series. Sarah is a Danish American craft book author and designer who lives in Brooklyn. She has worked for Food Network Magazine, Do It Yourself, and Kids’ Rooms and freelanced for Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living and Architectural Digest. She keeps a blog at sah-rah.com.

Lexi Walters Wright is a writer, editor and sometime librarian whose work has appeared on family and home design websites such as Country Living, Fresh Home Ideas and many more. She chases her toddler through the woods of Florence, Massachusetts.

Enjoy the Flower Barrette tutorial and comment to WIN a copy of Pom-Poms!: 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects (US-only this time around).

Flower Barrette

Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Pattern
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Barrette

1. Cut 6 2-inch circles, a small rectangle, and 2 leaves out of felt. (You can use this pattern if you’d like.) Fold the felt circles in half and stack them and hold it between your thumb and pointer finger. Thread your needle with a 20-inch piece of embroidery thread and line up the loose ends. Insert the needle through the middle of each half-circle, close to the fold. 

2. Tie all ends together in a double-knot. 

3. Sew on two leaf shapes, tie ends together in a double-knot, and cut the tying strings.

4. Dab hot glue on both sides of the rectangle and place it over the tying knot.

5. Slip the top of the barrette beneath the rectangle to make it removable (you can also glue the flower directly to the barrette).

6. Gently separate, fold the opposite way, and twist each half-circle.