Adding sequins and beads makes any felt project just a bit more pretty, vintage or sparkly. We have the guide to the perfect needle and the sewing technique to make it neat and complete.
To make these star clips you will need:
Felt stars (cut your own or use our pre-cut fetti).
Sequins & Beads -we used 4mm sequins and glass seed beads
Embroidery Floss or Thread
Scissors (the cute eiffel tower is available here!)
Pinch of polyfil
Let's talk about the most important tool when working with beads and sequins -it's the needle -as finding just the right needle for tiny beads can be pretty tricky! First, it must be delicate enough to fit though a small seed bead diameter but strong enough to stitch through felt. Third, it must be easy to thread! We have two different embroidery needle suggestions -both come with a variety of sizes -you'll want to use the two smallest sizes offered for beading! A budget friendly option is by DMC & our favorite option is by Tulip. The ones by Tulip have a really great feel in the hand and the gold eye help keep the needle in great condition!
To stitch on the sequins you can just skip the bead and stitch the sequins right on to your felt or fabric -but you would be left with a visible strand of thread, which can be distracting or even messy on your final design. To avoid that we like to top our sequins with a single bead. It adds more dimension to your item and keeps things sparkling clean. To do this thread a single strand of floss or thread and come up from behind your felt. Add a single sequin and then a bead. Then, bring the the needle back through the sequin center to secure.
Benzie Tip: Thread your needle with a single strand of floss (or thread). Once threaded take the two ends together and knot. This knot will make it much easier to secure that first stitch and keep you from loosing the thread!
I love the sequin/bead look but I love accenting sequins with individual beads even more -it makes it look like a dusting of glitter!
To finish the star for a hair clip -whip stitch the back on filling with a pinch of polyfil prior to closing. Secure onto a hair clip.