This week my mind is focused on studying for the CSET in order to start student-teaching in the fall. So, to keep the creativity and merriment going here while I revisit ancient Mesopotamia, navigate through mitochondrial DNA, and tango with the Pythagorean Theorem, I've dusted off a simple little St. Patty's Day project from the Rook No. 17 archives.
These very chic and charming little shamrock pins look just like them came out of a fancy millinery shop from the 1930s.
Grab some buttons, glue, wire and velvet tubing and let's go...
Velvet Shamrock Pins
- 18" Velvet Tubing (a.k.a. piping or cord) per pin
- 18 " of 22 gage floral wire
- pretty buttons
- hot glue gun
- pin backs
- Optional: Fabric rosettes made from scrap fabric or lace
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.|
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