Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Ribbon Pins

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? Going to the movies is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Every year my husband and I try to see as many of the nominated movies as possible. That makes it all the more fun to root for your favorite performances. Plus you know you want to see what everyone is wearing. But it is a long show. So last night I was prepared with a project. I guess you could say I was multi-tasking.

I made a batch of spring ribbon pins!

My obsession with ribbon pins started before Christmas.
I made them in various shades of red and green and gave them to all my friends.

This batch was attached to bags of yummy Sugared Pecans.

You can probably guess who got my favorite Purdy paint brush.

Yes, one for Karla and one for Susan.
Who else paints furniture as much as I do?

The girls are still wearing their pins on their winter coats. But spring in right are the corner (I hope!), so I thought I'd whip up a batch of new pins in spring colors. Want to give it a try?

It's super easy! Start with some 1 1/2 inch wired ribbon.

You'll need about 1 yard for each pin. These rolls each have 4 yards of ribbon.

I use felt squares for the backing. You can get 12 squares out of each piece of felt.
After I cut the squares, I use pinking shears to round them into circles.

Since the ribbon is wired, it is really easy to crimp.

Just keep going until the whole piece is crimped.
I also fold each end under so it's nice and neat.

Then starting along the outside of the felt, glue the ribbon in a circular fashion
towards the center. I use a hot glue gun.

This is what the back looks like.

Then hot glue a fun button to the center of your pin.
I always buy vintage buttons when I see them reasonably priced.

Flip it over and add a pin.

If your button has holes, be sure to sew some thread on it,
even though you are going to glue it down.

It just looks prettier this way!

And there you have it, a batch of pretty spring ribbon pins!

These are pretty attached to a jacket, a purse, a tote bag ..... well, pretty much anything!
They make great "bows" on presents too!

So, that's how I spent my night watching the Academy Awards!

I thought Natalie Portman looked especially beautiful last night. What a gorgeous dress! And her perfomance in Black Swan was amazing! And I loved Colin Firth in The King's Speech,
not to mention the fact that he is totally adorable! It was a fun night!

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American in Bath said...

He does give a good acceptance speech!

NanaDiana said...

Sharon-Those are darling. Lucky girls that got those with a Purdy brush attached. You might say they got a Purty with a Purdy~) I am just like you, I don't like to sit in front of the TV without doing something else productive. Nicely done and THANK YOU for the tutorial. I would have started from the inside out....see why these tutorials are so welcome? Hugs-Diana

Tote said...

Love watching the awards, and yes, Colin's speech was wonderful.
I just love your ribbon pins. I am going to try and make some for my daughter in laws! So cute!

Chrissie said...

So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Cassie Bustamante said...

those are sooo cute! they would also be really sweet on a hair elastic. emmy would love that!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

How adorable!

Leslie said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I love the idea of wearing these pins on a nice spring blouse in the upcoming weeks. I love all the fun colors you used. And very cute to add to a gift! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

Lisa said...

Very pretty! I love them for spring! I also craft while I watch tv : )

Terri said...

These are adorable...not only do they look simple enough to do, but once they are completed there are endless possibilities of what to do with thenm next...tfs!

Christine @ said...

oh, these are so cute. I have been making these with fabric and yours are so much neater and more polished. adorable!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

These are so cute...I love the polka dot one!!

Anonymous said...


I'm so glad I popped in. I am in the beginning stages of planning a birthday party for my mother and these would be wonderful to include on the invitations for the guests to wear to the party! Thank you for the great tutorial!


JunqueMagnet said...

These look great.I have to say I never thought of using wired ribbon.So much easier to gather and scrunch up.Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

These are all really really cute! So colorful and fun. :)

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very merry vintage style said...

These are really nice and I think I have everything here to make them! I like to multi task--can never just watch TV, always have to be doing something else. I'm going to gather the supplies in a basket & start crafting. Excellent tutorial--love it! Thanks for linking up to the Share the Love party!

Laura said...

How cute. And what a great tutorial!

Robin Johnson said...

So pretty, I just love them. Thanks for sharing how to do it.

Amanda said...

These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I always like to have a project in hand when I sit down to watch tv!
best wishes and blessings,

lucy said...

love these! and they look super easy and fast to make:) think I'll make some for my girls hair, and for our spring coats! thanks!!

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Very pretty indeed!

Lesley said...

These totally look like the sewn fabric ones. I never would have thought to use the wide wire ribbon! I have been holding off on finishing one of those shirts for my daughter with the faux pearl necklaces painted on them. I wanted a flower to put on there, but hadn't attempted to sew one. I am so making a few of these and she can change them out! Thanks for sharing.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Very pretty! You can do so much with those! Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

I love these ribbons! I can't wait to add some spring to my wardrobe!!!

Christine said...

Great job on this project!
Love that the wire bends like that, easier than sewing and pulling...

Heavenly Savings said...

I love crafty blogs! I can't get enough! This idea is wonderful! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

Denise @ SpareChangeChic said...

I love these and just saw a similar project using crochet trim instead. I would love to link to this on my blog with your permission. These would make terrific Mother's Day gifts.

Kelli said...

Thanks for the tutorial, these are super cute and I can't wait to try making one!!

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Katy said...

I love these and will definitely be trying them soon! Great job!

Lisa Cash said...
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Lisa Cash said...

hopping over from the creative girl blog hop. Love these! Sooo cute! The colors are wonderful!

Christine said...

stopping by from the creative girl blog hop as well! Those are adorable and you captured my heart with the faux sewing :) LOL the hot glue gun is my good friend too! Plus it is so much faster than sewing. I've made some of these out of lace and a needle and thread. They are adorable! I'm now following.

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Emily Carter said...

These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them at our Friday Flair!

Megan said...

very cute. I'm ready for spring too!


Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

So pretty-I'm going to have to try these for easter. Cheers

Holly Lefevre said...

A flower, especially a ribbon flower (I LOVE RIBBON!) dresses everything up. So pretty and perfect for the cold weather makes me anticipate the real ones growing soon.

Jenn Erickson said...

Sharon, I love your rosettes with the button embellishments. What crafty gal wouldn't go head over heals for one of those fabulous Purdy brushes adorned with one of your gorgeous ribbon pins? And those sugared pecans...mouth watering!

Always a pleasure to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!!


Tracey said...

These are so pretty, thanks for the great tutorial :)

Anonymous said...

Just a beautiful accessorie! Your friends are very lucky! It's a Keeper!

Unknown said...

They are so pretty & make such wonderful gifts to add a little sass to just about anything. Your tutorial was great!Thanks so much for sharing with Air Your Laundry Friday.


Kitty Deschanel said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I'm redoing my office/guest bedroom and am picturing a group of these scattered across a wall :)

Kitty Deschanel said...

Ooh, with toile fabric! Wouldn't that be pretty?

trish wagman said...

I love the new colors for the spring pins.
I love the pin you made me for Christmas.
I have received so many compliments on it.
The tutorial was great.
All the pins you made during the Academy Awards are awesome.You are amazing.
I am looking forward to the spring sale.
Thanks, Trish

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Cute pins - they would be cute used as gift pkg bows or even on a purse - my fav is the polka dot!