Tutorial ~ Fabric Pinwheel Hair Clip

by Destri on April 18, 2011

Diy Pinwheel Hairclips

I made a bunch of these Pinwheel Hair Clips last summer and everywhere we went people loved them – they just scream “Summer!”.  I meant to get the tutorial up then, but then we moved…twice, and then it got cold.  It just didn’t seem fitting to post them until it warmed up again.  I love that you can make them any size, and they are a no-sew project.  I know you love those :)

Pinwheel Hair Clip

It is just a fun and easy hair clip that anyone can make, and are perfect for using up fabric scraps.  Follow me after the jump and I will show you how!

Fabric Pinwheel Hair Clip Tutorial


  • fabric scraps
  • heat n bond (double-sided like you would use for applique)
  • iron
  • scissors
  • buttons or brads
  • hair clips
  • felt
  • fabric glue or hot glue
  • fray check sealer


From your fabric cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of heat n bond the same size.  I actually used charm pack pieces for mine.

Now iron the heat n bond to the wrong side of one fabric piece, let cool and remove, and then place the wrong side onto the back of the first piece and iron.

Cut the piece down to size.  For smaller hair pieces, I just cut 2 x 2 inch squares.  For a bigger hair piece 3 x 3 is a good size. Just make sure you have a perfect square.

For the sake of the tutorial, I left mine big.  After you have the square cut you will run a thin bit of fray check around every side and let dry.

And then cut a slit at every corner towards the center that is the same length.  You don’t want to cut all the way through the center, and depending on how big the hair piece you make will depend on how much you will leave.  Just be sure to leave enough room in the center to fasten the corners.

If you are using a brad you will follow these steps for fastening.  First, fold one tip on each triangle that will be folded down over a little and cut a tiny slit like shown in the first picture. Then fold the square in half and cut a slit in the center.  Then starting with one of the corners, slip on the brad, and then add the rest,

finally going through the back and press out the brad to secure.

If you are using a button just pull the corners down to form the pinwheel and then sew to the center, then sew on the button.

Now trim any little corners peaking out from under the button or brad.

Now cut a piece of felt that is small enough to not be seen from the front.  Attach with fabric glue or hot glue.

For the type of clip to use, you can use just about any except the kind I have crossed out.  I put some on the ones I made last year, and the way you bend them to put on seemed to pull then from the pinwheel.  So any alligator type would work.  For this tutorial I used the one shown.

I just attached it by cutting a smaller piece of felt, and gluing it over the top part of the clip onto the other piece of felt.

For the smaller ones I skipped the felt and just glued ribbon onto a clip and then glued that directly to the pinwheel.  Do what works for you!

You’re finished!  Easy peesy :).

I have added some to bobby pins too.  These that I used had a base where I could glue the pinwheel to (found at Hobby Lobby), but really I think regular bobby pins would work too.

Now, bring on spring!  Perfect hair accessory for a summer dress, no?

They make the perfect magnets too!

If you’d like to print this, press the print button below and it will allow you to remove images and text you don’t need, and save ink!

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Let me know if you have any questions, and if you make any!

You will find all the Hair Accessory Tutorials here.

Have a happy Monday everyone and thanks for stopping by :)

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{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynnell February 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

These are absolutely adorable! Great tutorial!


Shelley March 3, 2012 at 3:50 am

I adore your site. Your tutorials are very easy to follow and the photos are excellent to guide a beginner sewer such as myself. Please keep up the great work!


Destri March 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

Aw, thanks Shelley! I have had kind of a bummer week, then a comment comes along like this. Really, you made my day. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I have some very fun stuff in the works, so stay tuned!


Kim March 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

My daughter is turning 7 Friday and she is learning to sew. She is going to LOVE making these! I’m sur we’ll have to make enough for all the girls she knows. Your directions are easy to follow and the pictures are wonderful!!! Thank you!


Destri March 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

Oh I can’t wait until I can teach my little ones to sew! You’re so welcome, thanks so much for taking the time to comment Kim


LovelyAnomaly March 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I had been looking for a fun clip to put in my hair for my wedding in June, and I think these will be just the thing!


L Pavlik March 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Thank you! I just made a handful of these for my girls! What a fun accessory!


Destri March 29, 2012 at 5:16 am

You’re welcome! I am getting ready to make a bunch today, it’s that time of year!


Nicole May 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Those will be so cute in my girl’s hair!! Love the fabric too. What line is it from?


Destri May 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

Oh I wish I remembered, it was the perfect fabric for these clips!


Jenny Whitehead June 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I just made two of these in no time!! One for 4th of July ;) Thanks for the tute!


Judy Kelly October 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Can’t wait to make some of these for my granddaughters! They are adorable.


yvonne February 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

I love your work good job and thank you for sharing .


Paula March 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Thank you for the pattern. My granddaughter will love them. She has beautiful long black hair and color will look very pretty. I found your link thru my email: set it up from AllFreeSewing. I am going to join your site. Thanks again.


sabina June 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

E’ fantastico il tuo blog!!


jodi November 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

Really sweet!

Who doesn’t love a pinwheel! :)

Awesome way to carry one around with you whole day!



Dawn June 4, 2014 at 3:27 am

Such a lovely idea, thank you so much for the tutorial. x


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