Fabric Jewelry Pin

This finishing technique can be used to turn small patterns stitched on Aida or similar fabric into jewelry pins. The technique works best for square or rectangular pins but it could be adapted for circular pins.

Materials Required

  • Acrylic Felt
  • Shirt Cardboard (or similar cardboard)  
  • White Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Bar Pin
Braided Cording

Instructions

  1. Braided Cording Trim your completed stitching to within 1/2" (1.3 cm) of the edge of the stitches or 1/2" (1.3 cm) beyond the desired finished pin size. 
  2. Cut a piece of Shirt Cardboard or similar light-weight, single-ply cardboard to the desired finished pin size. 
  3. Cut a piece of felt the same size as the cardboard. Choose a color that matches the color of the perforated paper or that matches the stitching.
  4. Braided Cording Braided Cording Center the cardboard piece cut in Step 1 on the BACK of your finished stitching. Apply a small amount of white glue to a 1/2" (1.3 cm) square area of one corner. The glue should cover the two edges of the fabric and the corner of the cardboard. Use enough glue to coat the fabric.
  5. Fold the corner of the fabric over onto the cardboard diagonally forming a triangle. Add additional white glue if the fabric is not completely covered. Press down firmly. Repeat with other three corners.
  6. Braided Cording Fold the felt cut in step 3 in half horizontally (fold the top to the bottom). Place the Bar Pin lengthwise next to the fold and mark the location of both ends with a pen.
  7. Braided Cording Cut two small triangles along the fold at the locations marked in step 6. The cuts should be large enough to allow the ends of the Bar Pin to fit through but no larger.
  8. Braided Cording Center the Bar Pin lengthwise on the back of your stitched piece and mark the location with a pen. Using a small amount of hot glue, glue the pin to the back of the stitched project aligning to the marks just made.
  9. Braided Cording Unclasp the Bar Pin and put the pin through the one hole and slide down till it covers the stitching. The other hole in the felt should be placed over the clasp-side of the pin. Once you have the felt properly aligned over the pin, apply a small amount of white glue to the back of the stitching and press the felt down until the glue has set. Let dry a few hours.
  10. Braided Cording Using a small pair of scissors, trim the felt so that it does not show when viewing the pin from the front.