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.
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.
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.
Turn right-side out and press. You’ll need something pointy to push out the circles and stem.
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.
Hand sew a long running stitch near the bottom edge, all the way around.
Pull tightly to gather. Knot the thread to hold it.
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.
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.)
Glue the button on the front. Here it is, shown on my lovely model and the shamrock’s future owner.
Erin Go Bragh!