Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tutorial--Heart to Heart Valentine Tufted Pin

**This tutorial is intended for personal use only.**

This is a very simple Valentines pin that can be put together in less than an hour. Change the fabrics to pastels and this could be your Easter or Spring pin. How about Christmas themed fabrics to dress up a holiday party outfit. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

To make this pin, you will need a needle, thread, embroidery floss, 3 coordinating fabrics, cardboard for pattern, polyester fiberfil, felt, a small button, a pin back, and a hot glue gun.

For the petals:
Cut a 3-1/2" circle from cardboard. Trace the petal pattern 3 times onto the wrong side of both coordinating fabrics. With your scissor, cut out the 6 petals.

For the flower center:
Cut a 1-3/4" circle from cardboard. Trace once onto your fabric of choice. With your scissor, cut out the circle.

To create the cardboard flower center base:

1) Cut a 1" circle from cardboard.
2) With a ruler and a pencil, draw 6 even pie-shaped pieces onto the circle.
3) With your scissor, cut a small notch where the 6 lines meet the outer edge of the circle.
4) Trim the pointy edges of the notch to form a smooth petal shape.
5) With a 1/8" paper punch, punch a hole into the center of the flower base.

Here are the components you will need to create the flower.

Take the first 3-1/4" circle, fold it in half and lightly finger press.

Fold in half again and lightly finger press.

With needle and thread, take a running stitch along the curved edge of each petal, alternating between each of your coordinating fabrics as you go along.

After all 6 petals are on the thread, clip the thread to release the needle.

Tie both ends of the thread together to form a circle of petals. Clip thread close to knot. Set piece aside.

For the flower center:

With needle and thread, take a running stitch around the perimeter of the 1-3/4" circle.

With wrong side of fabric facing up, place a tiny bit of fiberfil into the center of the circle.

Press the cardboard flower center base on top of the fiberfil and draw the fabric tightly around it, trapping both the fiberfil and the cardboard base inside. Tie off with a secure knot. Cut the thread close to the knot.

Thread 3 strands of embroidery floss onto a needle. Tie a knot on one end. Bring the needle up through the hole in the cardboard base and straight through the center.

Bring your needle around to the back and up through the hole once again. With your finger, feel for one of the notches and make sure that the embroidery thread falls into the groove. Pull embroidery thread taught.
Repeat this process 5 more times.

At this stage, the embroidery floss should still be attached to the flower base and it should also be coming out from the center top.

Thread a button onto the embroidery floss and sew it to the middle of the flower center. Tie off with a secure knot to the back of the flower center.

Gather all components together.

With hot glue, attach the flower center to the center front of the ring of petals.

Turn the flower over with it's back facing up. Apply a puddle of hot glue into the center hole. This will fill in the center of the ring of petals and also ensure that the flower center will stay firmly attached. Set aside for a couple of minutes to allow the glue to cool and harden.

Glue a 1" piece of felt to cover the mechanics.

Glue on a pin back.

All done!

Have fun with this tutorial!


Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Thank you for sharing these patterns! Everything is so adorable.

Sallie Gayle said...

Oh how cute is that!! You always make the cutest things. thanks so much for this tut. I will have to try this.

Unknown said...

I absolutely love it! Just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

sweetiepie said...


I just love this pin. It is so cheery looking. Thank you for sharing your creative talents.

Your blog is always the bright spot in my day.

Take care.

AverettLadyNana said...

Thanks for sharing your directions for the great flower pin. It's really a neat pin.

emy said...

E' stupendo!! Grazie per il tutorial!!!

Lorraine said...

Such a cute pin and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing another wonderful project.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

So so cute. again everything you do is just the cutest.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm a begginer at these sewing and yo yo arts:-) This step by step is just what I need ....
You have the loviest things! Congratulations! You're very talented!
Portuguese Hug

Anonymous said...

Love the Pin. I will have to make a few for my Redwork friends. Was size are the circles for you little Picked Onion Faces?


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I love your flower tutorial Arlett. I can't wait to get back home so I can try it myself! If you visit my blog you will see that I had to go out of town suddenly and haven't had much access or time to go on the computer. Hope everything went well with your "procedure". I want you to know that you have encouraged me to make my long overdue appointment.

Stay Cozy & Aloha to you too,,

Suze said...

Love the tutorial. That's a very cute pin. I may try it if I have time. Thank you for sharing!

Cheryl said...

As always a wonderful tutorial..this pin is so cute. I can't wait to whip up some. Thanks for the kind comment on my blog :-)! Happy weekend to you.

Craftpassion said...

Thank for sharing this adorable pin with us. I think it will look great for my little frame clutch purse as well.

Poppedijne said...

Your blog is a huge inspiration. Thank you for sharing your truly wonderfull things so generously with us!

Sewing-Chick said...

Wonderful! I'm thinking of sewing up some of these beauties to make my husband's cousin a bouquet for her upcoming very-very-very-low-cost wedding. I have tons of pink and purple fabrics in my stash so no purchase necessary! Now I'm just trying to think of a way to make the stems...

Colleen G said...

Thank you for the inspiration of all your colourful designs. I am sewing a lunch tote for myself and wanted a removeable (for washing) accent that will make it unique and this is the perfect item. The directions were clear and easy to follow. And all the comments on my tote were positive! Hurray for you and I give you all the credit.

Lily Petkova said...

Thank you, Lettie, for perfect instructions! It had been pleasure for me to follow your directions.
Keep on creating such an adorable designs.

Kathryn said...

Very pretty.

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