Make a Shamrock Clip for St Patrick’s Day

This little project is perfect if you’re looking for a little nod to Saint Patrick’s day. All you need to do is make a felt four leaf clover for luck (or a three leaf shamrock if you prefer), sew a yo yo to sit it on, and add a hair clip to the back. This sweet clip really is the most simple craft project!

And if you’re after something similar, but a little more adventurous, you can sew the lucky pin cushion using the tutorial HERE.


  • 48mm double-pronged alligator clip
  • 4 .75″ (12cm) of 3/8″ (1cm) wide grosgrain ribbon (with heat sealed ends)
  • a hot glue gun
  • 6.5″ (16.5cm) diameter circle of print fabric
  • a needle and thread
  • scissors
  • green felt scraps (at least 5″ x 1.25″)
  • button, bow or other embellishment for the top of your felt – I used a button that I covered with the same fabric as my yo yo

Gather your Supplies to make a clip - Molly and Mama


There are three stages to making these gorgeous clips. First you need to create the four leaf clover or a three leaf shamrock (depending on your preference). Nothing could be simpler! And the image below really makes it clear.

To make a four leaf clover, cut four squares of felt, each about 1.25″ or 3cm. To make a shamrock, follow the same instructions, but use three pieces of felt instead.

Fold each square in half and cut a little scallop in the top of each piece using small sharp scissors. You’ll end up with two semi-circles at the top of each piece.

Thread a needle with green thread and stitch three small running stitches across the base of each piece of felt. (I used pink thread so that the stitches were easier for you to see).

Gently pull the thread to gather the felt. Secure the felt in place with some extra stitches. I like to stitch through each gathered piece again, just to be sure the gathering doesn’t come loose.

Sew a Four Leaf Clover with Molly and Mama

The Molly and Mama Shamrock tutorial


Now let’s stitch a pretty yo yo (you may also know it as a suffolk puff). If you haven’t made these before, they are super simple. And I have very conveniently included a link HERE to a previous tutorial that explains exactly how to make them.

To make the yo yo used for this project, I used a 6.5″ (16.5cm) fabric circle. This made a yo yo with a 3″ (8cm) diameter. But you can play around and choose a yo yo size that works best for you. You simply stitch a running stitch around the outside edge of the fabric, and then pull the thread to gather the fabric into a puff. Flatten it out and secure the stitches.

a yo yo for your shamrock - St Patrick's Tutorial by Molly and Mama


You’ll need to have a lined alligator clip ready to attach to the back of your yo yo. And guess what? I’ve got a tutorial for that too! You can head over HERE to find out how to make a simple bow, and cover an alligator clip at the same time.

But here’s the short version; Take your 4.75″ (12cm) length of heat sealed ribbon and attach it to the 48mm double-pronged alligator clip using a hot glue gun. The numbered pictures below really demonstrate how I do this stage. Just remember to work quickly but carefully with hot glue!

Line an alligator clip - a tutorial by Molly and Mama


First, stitch your felt clover securely onto the centre of the yoyo. Glue the fabric covered button on with a small dab of hot glue. Then attach your clip to the back of the yo yo. Press a line of hot glue onto the top of the clip. Turn it over and gently press it into place on the yo yo back. At this stage it’s important to consider which direction you’re placing the clip on the back. Does the fabric pattern on your yo yo or button embellishment have to face a certain way?

Put your clip together - Molly and Mama

You’re all done!  You could wear this as a hair accessory or add a brooch clasp instead.

The four leaf clover hair clip tutorial by Molly and Mama

The beauty of this piece is that it can be worn all year round! But it has an added touch of luck for Saint Patty’s day!

For more St Patrick’s inspired craft you can visit the tutorials for 2 pin cushions HERE and HERE.

Wishing you all the luck in the world on the 17th March!

Enjoy, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.com.au

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  7. Hi,
    Absolutely love this pin cushion!
    What fabric did you use for the yoyo? That rosebud print is wonderful!!! I hope it’s still available somewhere!
    I love the different versions you made! All so pretty!
    My wonderful sister gifted me the book and I’d like to make some for Christmas gifts!
    Thanks ~ G

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  10. SUPER CUTE! Thank you for sharing! I am using it to fill my Hallmark Truck for March 🙂 Hope you don’t mind I’m linking back to you and your easy peasy shamrocks!

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