A few weeks ago at work, someone put a box of craft supplies on the "Up For Grabs" table. I was so excited when I found this 15 yard spool of vintage green velvet tubing. With St. Patrick's day just around the corner I knew I could craft it in to something perfect for the occasion!
I was always the kid at school who forgot to wear green and hid out in the bathroom at recess so I wouldn't get pinched. As the years went by I got pretty good at pinch-deflecting responses like, "my toenails are painted green," and the tried and true, "I'm wearing green underwear." Thank goodness I was never asked to prove the latter.
Now that I have kids of my own, I'm always so busy getting them all spruced up for St. Patty's that I still forget to don a bit o' green. But not this year! Using the velvet tubing, some floral wire, and a handful of vintage buttons, I put together some lovely little vintage styled shamrock pins to wear on St. Patrick's Day.
Velvet Shamrock Pins
- 18" Velvet Tubing per pin
- (I used vintage stock, but you can purchase new velvet tubing from Offray at most craft and fabric stores)
- 18 " 22 gage floral wire
- vintage buttons
- hot glue gun
- pin backs
- Optional: Fabric rosettes
Step 1: Remove the cord from inside the length of tubing.
Step 2: Insert wire into tubing, and seal tubing at both ends with a small dot of hot glue.
Step 3: Use three fingers, as shown in photo below, to bend three loops in the wired tubing.
Step 4: Use a small dab of hot glue to connect the three loops at the base.
Step 5: Using your forefinger and thumb, stretch each loop to widen at the top.
Step 6: Twist "stem" several turns to tighten the grain.
Step 7: Glue a vintage button in the center of shamrock. I layered two buttons.
Step 8: Bend each petal in the center.
Step 9: At this point you can embellish further by mounting the velvet shamrocks on a fabric or vintage lace rosette, or leave them as a simple outline as pictured above. Use a dab of hot glue to affix a pinback to the back of the shamrock and it's ready to wear.
|For this rosette, I used a 10" strip of frayed muslin, gather stitched.|