Shamrock Barrette

When I was a kid, you didn’t dare go to bed on March 16th without something green on.  “But, I have green eyes!” didn’t cut it.  My red-bearded, last-name-starts-with-Mc dad would leprechaun-ninja attack in the morning with a pinch.  We took the holiday seriously. In the interest of saving my poor defenseless daughter (have I ever mentioned she’s a black belt?) from getting pinched this week, I created this little bit of greenery for her to wear.

Shamrock barrette 9
Shamrock barrette 9

To make one for yourself, you’ll need some fabric, a button, hot glue, a tiny piece of green embroidery floss or thread and this pattern.

Cut the shape out on the fold, as indicated on the pattern.  You’ll end up with a weird looking shape like this.

Shamrock barrette 1
Shamrock barrette 1

Press, if needed, then fold with right sides together.  Stitch around the edge with a scant 1/4” seam, leaving both ends open.  Clip the corners and curves.

Shamrock barrette 2
Shamrock barrette 2

Turn right-side out and press.  You’ll need something pointy to push out the circles and stem.

Shamrock barrette 3
Shamrock barrette 3

Turn the end near the stem to the inside about 1/4” and press.    Feed the other end inside that, creating a circle.  Stitch the two ends together.

Shamrock barrette 4
Shamrock barrette 4

Hand sew a long running stitch near the bottom edge, all the way around.

Shamrock barrette 5
Shamrock barrette 5

Pull tightly to gather.  Knot the thread to hold it.

Shamrock barrette 6
Shamrock barrette 6

Stitch through the button holes with the embroidery floss and knot on the back.  The reason I don’t stitch it on is that it’s difficult with the hole in the middle of the shamrock to catch enough of the fabric.

Shamrock barrette 7
Shamrock barrette 7

Since we wanted to make this into a barrette, I glued the ends of a 1/2 by 1 1/2” piece of felt on the back to feed a bobby pin through.  (Note to self:  find out if those are still called bobby pins so we can avoid the whole thong/flip-flop fiasco again.)

Shamrock barrette 8
Shamrock barrette 8

Glue the button on the front.  Here it is, shown on my lovely model and the shamrock’s future owner.

Shamrock barrette 10
Shamrock barrette 10

Erin Go Bragh!