How to Make Your Own Lapel Pins

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How to Make Your Own Lapel Pins
Recycle an old T-shirt into a decorative lapel pin. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A lapel pin is a simple way to dress up any coat or jacket in seconds. While you can purchase a variety of lapel pins at accessory boutiques and department stores, you can make your own lapel pin for a fraction of the cost using fabric or ribbon. You can even recycle an old T-shirt into a decorative pin to embellish your lapel.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/4 yard jersey knit fabric or old T-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 3 1/2-inch cardboard square
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pin back
  • 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Straight pin
  • 1-inch button

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Instructions

    Recycled Pom-Pom Pin

  1. 1

    Measure and cut strips of old T-shirt or jersey knit fabric that are 1/2-inch wide and a total of 90 inches in length. Cut a strip that is 1/2-inch wide and 6 inches long from a second piece of fabric.

  2. 2

    Wrap the 90 inches of fabric around the 3 1/2-inch square of cardboard.

  3. 3

    Slide the wrapped fabric off the cardboard square and tie the 6-inch piece of fabric around the centre of the bundle.

  4. 4

    Snip the looped ends of the fabric so they fan out to form a pom-pom.

  5. 5

    Trim the fabric pieces so they are all the same length and the pom-pom is as close to perfectly round as possible.

  6. 6

    Cut a 2-inch circle of felt. Arrange the strips of fabric that make up the pom-pom so that one side of the pom-pom is flat. Attach the circle of felt to the centre of the flattened side of the pom-pom using hot glue.

  7. 7

    Use more hot glue to attach the pin back to the circle of felt.

    Ribbon Flower Pin

  1. 1

    Measure and cut eight 7-inch-long pieces of ribbon.

  2. 2

    Stack the pieces of ribbon and stick a straight pin through the centre of the stack.

  3. 3

    Fan out the stack of ribbon so the ends of the ribbons are evenly spaced in a circular formation like petals of a flower.

  4. 4

    Fold the ends of each ribbon back in toward the centre, sliding them down on the straight pin as you do to secure them in place.

  5. 5

    Sew through the middle of the ribbon flower, where the straight pin is, with a button stitch to permanently secure all the ribbon layers in place.

  6. 6

    Sew a button in the centre of the flower.

  7. 7

    Use a dot of hot glue to attach a pin back to the backside of the flower.

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