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.
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Things you need
- 1/4 yard jersey knit fabric or old T-shirts
- 3 1/2-inch cardboard square
- Hot glue gun
- Pin back
- 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
- Straight pin
- 1-inch button
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.
Wrap the 90 inches of fabric around the 3 1/2-inch square of cardboard.
Slide the wrapped fabric off the cardboard square and tie the 6-inch piece of fabric around the centre of the bundle.
Snip the looped ends of the fabric so they fan out to form a pom-pom.
Trim the fabric pieces so they are all the same length and the pom-pom is as close to perfectly round as possible.
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.
Use more hot glue to attach the pin back to the circle of felt.
Recycled Pom-Pom Pin
Measure and cut eight 7-inch-long pieces of ribbon.
Stack the pieces of ribbon and stick a straight pin through the centre of the stack.
Fan out the stack of ribbon so the ends of the ribbons are evenly spaced in a circular formation like petals of a flower.
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.
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.
Sew a button in the centre of the flower.
Use a dot of hot glue to attach a pin back to the backside of the flower.
Ribbon Flower Pin
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