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

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

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

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

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

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

Shamrock barrette 5

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

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

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

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

Shamrock barrette 10

Erin Go Bragh!


23 thoughts on “Shamrock Barrette

  1. Cute flower hair barette, and even cuter story! I totally agree with you on the whole thong/flip flop thing. I still call ’em thongs, but then what do we call the other… uhh…garment? Happy St. Pat’s Day!


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  4. I saw this on One Pretty Thing. I totally love it. That pattern is genius! Yay for minimal hand sewing! I posted a sequin shamrock I made a week or so ago, but dare I say, I think I like yours better.
    Happy St Patricks Day!


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  7. So cute. My daughter’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day. She is 34 now, so of course I’m having Mommy – guilt that I never had time to make little things like that when she was younger. Maybe now that I’m retired I can make it up with my Grandkids!


  8. Didn’t get in on the flip-flop thing but it had been a question/discussion over the past months at our house. When I researched, it also said “go-aheads” which I hadn’t heard in decades! What fun. Love the shamrock!


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