How to Use a Safety Pin as a Pin Back for BroochesBy Claire Ortega – 9 Comments
Brooches make for very flexible accessories. They are both functional and eye-catching. Unlike appliqués which are permanently attached to an item, brooches are easily transferable. It can instantly jazz up a plain outfit, while holding two pieces of clothing together at the same time.
Crocheted items like flowers and other appliqués can easily be turned into cute brooches. Pin backs of varying sizes and colors are made just for this very purpose. But don’t dismay–any ordinary safety pin can also be used!
Appliqué or other crocheted item to be attached to pin
- Make sure that the safety pin is the right size for the brooch. If it is too small, the brooch will turn out unstable.
- This tutorial uses contrasting colors of felt, appliqué, and thread; this is done to clearly show the steps of the process. It is actually better to use the same color for these materials, though, so the outcome appears neater.
Place the appliqué on a clean surface, face down. Place the safety pin in the middle of its back. It’s your call whether or not the safety pin is big enough for the brooch to be stable for everyday use.
Cut a circle from the felt sheet, making sure that it measures approximately 2/3 the total length of the pin. If the circle is too small, the brooch will not turn out stable; and if it is too big, the pin might not be able to close.
Sew one side of the safety pin (the side with its head) onto the back of the appliqué. It’s ideal to use thread the same color as the appliqué, but for this tutorial we’ve done otherwise, just so readers can see the stitches more clearly.
Place the felt over the safety pin. You may use glue or pins to keep it in place while sewing.
Sew around the circle, attaching the appliqué to the felt, and trapping one side of the safety pin in between. To anchor the backing better, you may choose to sew across the felt, too. Knot the thread securely and finish off.
There we have it! I hope that was helpful. If you need any help, just leave a comment below.