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Molly's Sketchbook: Rose Barrettes

With Valentine's Day coming up I designed these little girl's barrettes in celebration of the rose. I liked the idea that they could add a little Valentine's spirit to any outfit, and also to be used long after the big day. --Molly



Cut out all of the pieces from the Rose Barrette Pattern. You will have:

  • one rosebud strip in color A
  • one 1st tier petal piece in color A
  • one 2nd tier petal piece in color A
  • one barrette top in color B
  • one barrette bottom (with a small slit cut as marked) in color B

Making the Rosebud

Roll the rosebud strip tightly, lining up the straight edge, starting from the smaller end to form a little rosebud shape as shown above.

Thread a length of embroidery thread that matches the color of the rose. Turn the rosebud upside down and sew across the bottom, through all of the layers, bisecting the circle of the bottom. Pull this stitch taut and take another stitch through the same area.

Turn the rosebud 90-degrees and take another stitch through all the layers perpendicular to the first set of stitches.

Pull this stitch tight and take another stitch in the same place. Tie a knot and cut the embroidery thread.

You will have a pretty little rosebud.

Adding the Petals

Place the finished rosebud in the center of the 1st tier petal piece.

Tack the 1st tier petal piece to the back of the rosebud with a few stitches.

Stitch the adjacent petals of the 1st tier petal piece to one another as shown above. As you stitch them together sew through the side of the rosebud piece and at the same time tacking the two pieces together.

Sew all the adjacent petals together in this manner.

Repeat this process for the 2nd tier petal piece.

The rose is now finished! These are beautiful on their own and could be attached to flower wire for a pretty bouquet or sewn to anything you please.

Preparing the Barrette

Slip the small part of the barrette into the slit of the barrett bottom piece as shown above.

Meanwhile, sew the rose onto the wide end of the barrette top piece.

Finishing the Barrette

Place the two barrette pieces wrong sides together and sew them to one another with a small running stitch around the perimeter of the barrette. When you come to a petal sew through a bit of the petal, not all the way through the width felt but just a little tack to keep the petal down.

Continue sewing around the perimeter as shown above.

Once you get all the way around tie a little knot and hide the threads tail in between the two layers.

Turn the barrette to the right side and trim the rose's petals to your liking.

Repeat this for all of the barrettes and have a happy Valentines Day!

Reader Comments (91)

Thanks Sarah,
We emailed her...
February 27, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These gorgeous rose barrettes made both my girls very happy. I love your blog, and have just recommended it highly to my Danish readers. Thank you for all the great projects.
March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarina
Great tutorial...thanks for sharing! These were a big hit as party favors at my daughter's birthday. See photos on my blog at
March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaNette
These barrettes are the CUTEST!! Better than anything I've seen in stores this Spring!

I've featured them on my site today, and you can grab an "I've been featured" badge if you'd like.

Thanks for sharing!! :)
March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Cheep Ideas
I love these little rosebuds! They are definitely going on my to-make list. Thanks for the tute!
March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli
Love the tutorial. I will make them for Easter presents! Thanks for sharing. Your talent's are appreciated and envied.
March 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarol argumaniz
These are so sweet! I just made a few for my daughter and her little friends.
March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
I love this idea! It is so simple and beautiful at the same time, thank you.
March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe No Money Mama
Thank you so much for posting this!!! I made one for my daugther and she got sooooo many compliments- I can't wait to make more. I liked back to you- thanks!
March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPati @ A Crafty Escape
Thank you for your AWESOME tutorial. I'm going to make some tonight for Easter baskets!!!!
March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershoppin4sophia
i am so grateful for this tutorial:) i saw these at our preschool craft fair today...but they were $12...worth it...but i couldn't justify it...they are beautiful! thanks sooooo much for sharing. my little girl is going to look so pretty:)
April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternoeleen
I made one and posted it on my blog. I also linked it to your site. I love it and I think I will make them for all my nieces birthdays. I am going to teach my 11 year old daughter to make them. Thank you!
April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteredgyk
Desde España, me ha gustado tu blog y Todo Sobre la rosa la HACER intentare.
Un saludo Maribel.
April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaribel
April 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteredgyk
Very nice!! thanks for the pattern :)
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristina
What a beautiful and precious, little flower! Thank you for sharing and for the downloads, too. They worked perfectly! I'd love for you to come check out mine...
April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJinny Newlin
This is very nice. Thank you so much for sharing this. You are a very talented girl. I will have to try it out.....
Sooner rather than later!
(let me pull away from the computer first....)
May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrystelle
This is so great! I have featured this on "5 Great Finds" this week.
May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeeks
I LOVE these flowers, and just wanted to let you know I "featured" them in my blog post today. Thanks for the great tute!
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli
Love this idea! Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I will add this to the fabulous things I have to make list. I love this website! Thanks again!
July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSakura
I just made these and loved them! Super simple to make and cute. I'm going to be wearing them but I know a few little girls who would love some too!
July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpolkadotgirl
i love this! thank u sooo much!
July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheza
Magnifique, très mimi
Merci du partage
thanks for the tip!!!
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNini
Thank you so much for sharing this.
They are really easy to make ....and I know a girl that loves them so much ♥
September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLychnis
I really like what you make and made one for myself
I posted about it on my blog with a link to your page

I forward to look at more at your site
November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia
This is such a great flower and tutorial. I've featured and linked to it in a Flower Roundup on my blog:
November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKinzie Sue
Gorgeous project. I never used felt before but bought a Wollfilz pack and tried these, the colors are stunning. I took note of one commenter's remark that the felt doesn't grip well, and am thinking of using corduroy or velveteen for the inside piece.
December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarvi
This is the perfect sibling gift! My 5-year-old just worked with me on one of these for his sister (he cut out the paper pattern, and he pulled the needle through each time after I pushed it where it needed to go). We made the barette covering in green, and it looks just like a leaf! We changed the stitching around the barette to be a back stitch.
December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Prudent Homemaker
oh, you're so clever! thanks so much for sharing this!
January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous
love, love, love this. Can't wait to make some. Thank you!
April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherri
These are so adorable, and look like a perfect quick gift! I'll give them a go.
May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Oh my! These are sooooo cute! I can't wait to make a batch for summer!
May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan
Hi, I really enjoy this site so much. Thank you for the tutorial for the rose barette. I just finished making one and mine looks pretty good from the top but the back of mine is really ugly. My stitches show where I was supposed to attach the petals in tier 1 and tier 2.
Also, when attaching the barette to the rose, it sort of made the larger tier look too spread out. I am going to try again but was wondering if you have any suggestions for mine to look prettier like yours.
Thanks again for this beautiful site.
September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Smith
Hi Sandy-

Sorry to hear you're having trouble! My suggestions would be to use embroidery thread that matches your rose color as closely as possible. Also pull all the stitches in the rose very tight and keep them close to the base, that way it won't spread out too much when you attach it.

I think you'll find that they are going to look better and better the more you make them, it just takes a bit of practice. My first attempt at anything always looks a little wonky too!

Please let us know if you have any more questions, and thanks for getting in touch.

- Molly
September 28, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love these! I featured them on my blog here:
November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Good ! I love barettes !
December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelisabeth
I love it!this site has some of the best tutorials EVER..when and if I ever BLOG..I would be inviting you all the time! thanks again..p.s. my rose turned out great, the secound one will be fantastic!!
March 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersusanne
This is beautiful. I thought the barrette cover looked a little like a leaf...maybe a rose leaf even.
April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAletha
These look very pretty and have lots of possiblities. I do crafts at a Senior Center and spend lots of time looking for things to do, these look like real roses. We WILL be doing these. We can use them on wreaths, hats, small pouches, so many ideas. Thanx for sharing, Joni
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni
complimenti!!sei bravissima!una rosellina davvero molto graziosa ed un fermaglio per capelli,molto carino!!
June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElisabetta
Adorei aprender a fazer as rosetas,ficam muito bonitas,Vou fazer para vender.Obrigada pela dica.Abraços
March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmina Omar

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