I love the idea of making pin buttons! And I love the idea of embroidering them, too! Today’s tutorial combines the two, and the result makes a great gift for your gal pals! You can make a couple of these in no time, add a note, and have your Galentine’s Day gift ready. Or you can make them for yourself, to wear on your denim jacket, to pin to a t-shirt or, I don’t know, your sneakers. Wherever you want. Moreover, they’re fully customizable. If your BFF doesn’t like avocado, that’s cool, you can make her something else. I hope this inspires you to get some embroidered pins done!
What you need:
- thin fabric scraps
- metallic buttons and button backs
- button assembly tool
- trick marker
- embroidery floss
Start by cutting fabric circles in the appropriate size for your button backs. That is usually a few millimeters wider than the button (check the package for details!)
Next, draw your design in the middle of the fabric circle using the trick marker (which disappears with water or exposure to light). Thread your needle with just one thread and embroider your design. Some ideas: sweets, food, letters, hearts, zodiac constellations – anything that your BFF likes and looks good in miniature form! Don’t worry if you make mistakes on the fabric – the marker outlines will disappear anyway. However, you can practice on a piece of paper to make sure your design is at its best.
Position the metallic button front on the back on the back of your fabric and place the two inside the bigger part of your button making tool (pink in the photo above). Add the button back and push it in with the smaller side of the tool (turquoise in the photo above) until it clicks. Remove from the tool and the pin is ready to wear!