Ironed fabric scraps, at least 1"×3"
Cute, flat (sew-through) buttons
Hot glue gun and glue
Pliers or tweezers
Non-painted barrettes I use binding or hem clips; theyre cheaper and bare metal. The glue has a hard time grabbing the painted barrette; if you only have painted ones, use a metal file to scuff up the paint to help the glue grab hold.
No-fray spray (optional) I find it increases the life of my barrettes.
1. Select and cut.
Cut ironed scraps of fabric into rectangles just larger than the barrettes. Choose cute buttons.
Apply hot glue generously to the top of the barrette. Use pliers to hold the barrette open while gluing.
3. Apply and trim fabric.
Position the fabric on top of the hot glue. Press evenly as the glue cools, with medium firmness. Allow to cool completely. Trim around the barrette, taking care to leave a slight edge (less than 5") to allow for any needed fabric expansion when you close the barrette.
4. Optional fixative.
Spray the entire fabric side of the barrette with no-fray spray. Allow it to dry completely.
5. Glue button on.
Dollop hot glue onto the back of the button, then, with the barrette open, position it where you want it. Press slowly and evenly. Leave it to cool on the open barrette.