Friday, January 31, 2014

Beauty Pin Tutorial, No Crocheting Required

Here is where this tutorial began:
The Beauty Pin created by my grandmother.

Beauty Pins where often used in the place
of a button.  In my case, the pin was used
to fasten my baby clothes.
Nearly 60 years old and still lovely.
This Beauty Pin was covered using
a tiny steel crochet hook and crochet 
cotton.
With the mention of crocheting,  I know
some of you are thinking, 
"I can't crochet!".  No worries
as I will show you an alternative
method for creating these tiny pins.

 Beauty Pin Tutorial

Supplies:
Small Safety Pin

Crochet Cotton or Perle Cotton
(1 yard will be plenty)

Large Eyed Tapestry Needle 


Begin by tying the thread onto the
pin.  Inside the loop, near the side
of the pin that does not open.
(In the photo below, it is the upper
side of the pin.) 
 After tying on the thread begin
to "sew".
 You will take the needle through
the loop on the pin from the back
to the front.
 Pull up the thread until you have
a small loop and take the needle
through the loop.
 Pull the thread tight forming
the first stitch.  It is a bit like
a buttonhole stitch.
 That is all there is to it....
just keep on stitchin'.
I found it was helpful to 
repeat the steps, talking
to myself....
through the back,
 pull the thread to make a loop,
through the loop, 
 pull up tight.
 And repeat.
 You talk to yourself while stitching...
don't you???
 The most tedious part is working
that looped area of the pin.
 Once it is worked, you can
hide the beginning thread tail,
 Just work the next few stitches 
over the top of it.
 A couple of stitches should do it
and clip the excess thread tail.
 Keep on stitching, until you
get about 1/2 way across the
top of the pin add a charm 
at this point, if you would like.
 Take the needle through the charm
and onto the thread.
 And continue the stitching.
 
 Stitching on, to the clasp portion 
of the pin.
 Work the clasp end by stitching
through the hole and over the clasp.
 Adding stitches until you near where
the point of the pin will close into the 
clasp.
 Pin has now been covered with 
stitches.  Take your needle and
hide the thread end.
  Clip the thread,
close to stitching.
 Beauty Pin Complete!
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To crochet: simply work a single 
crochet around the pin.
Any questions?
I will be giving away
a beauty pin on my previous post.

Good Luck!


Love to all,
Deb

40 comments:

  1. Well now, that is an easy way of doing it for those who don't crochet. Would even make a nice addition to a small hand sewn or crocheted pillow or heart. :) Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

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    1. Tammy,
      You know how to crochet so you could whip one of these up in no time and you are right would be cute on so many things.

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  2. The Beauty Pin is lovely. Thanks for the tutorial.. Hugs Judy

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  3. How totally cool is this!! I love this beautiful pin-- I think I can actually do this--(maybe!)

    They look like little vintage treasures-- would make such lovely little gifts:)

    Love
    Vicki

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    1. You can do it!!! You were the one I was thinking of that would be saying, "I can't crochet!"
      LOL

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  4. oooooooh - I NEED one of these on my new needle roll!!!!!!!! I maybe need more than one of these on my new needle roll!!!!!!! Running away now to find a pin and a charm and my crochet cotton. THANK YOU DEB!

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    1. It would be lovely on your needle roll!

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  5. Deb thank you so very much for sharing this beautiful little treasured pin and for showing us how to make one of our very own. I love it sew much! You are very special my dear...

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    1. I remember the little pin you attached to the thread catcher you sent me...it was a beauty pin too, you used paint!

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  6. i love the idea of making one of these and am thinking that i may have to give it a try tomorrow as i'll be working on a fabric art journal page and think it will be a fun addition.
    THANK YOU so much for sharing your instructions~!

    :-)
    libbyQ

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    1. It would be a great addition to lots of fabric art...or paper too!

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  7. very pretty and love the one your Granny made too

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    1. Yes, Gramma's is very special and I am so happy to have it, after all these years.

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  8. Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial Deb!

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  9. Very pretty. I have never seen a covered pin like this. It certainly is a heirloom.

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    1. I can see these being worked into your beautiful ribbons.

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  10. In the quiet of this morning I will try this - thanks for the tutorial Deb. My next crazy quilt block will have your beauty pin on it. Creative you!! Love it....

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  11. I'd never heard of beauty pins prior to your post Deb. Thank you for this tutorial - I can hardly wait to give one a go using my threads - I can see adding them to crazy quilts and other ideas too.

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    1. Yes, I thought about your threads being used to make these.....wouldn't that be lovely.

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  12. Oh, this tutorial looks very do-able! Thanks, Deb, for sharing. These beauty pins are fetching.

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  13. Being a frustrated NON crocheter or dyslexic crocheter (I call myself) THANK YOU Deb - you've come to my rescue! I don't know why I didn't suss that out myself - there's a mental block going on inside my head at the mention of the word CROCHET!!!
    I can't wait to try this out today - you're a gem!

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    1. It is funny you can actually see people's eyes glaze over at the mention of CROCHET!

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  14. Is that knotting called a picot stitch? It seems to me this is how my home ec teacher in the dark ages showed us to sew on hooks and eyes. =) The pin looks great. Thanks for showing TWO ways to do it. I do crochet, but I'm not sure I have tiny hooks any more. I will have to look. I do have plenty of charms from crazy quilting!

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    1. There are tiny picot stitches on Gramma's version and those are created with a crochet hook....I am wondering how you would do those with a needle and thread.....will have to experiment.

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  15. Just lovely Deb - I have never seen, nor heard of a beauty pin but it is adorable. What a lovely, simple idea... and what a lot of work this tutorial must have been. Thanks so much for doing it, I will definitely be making use of this idea.

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    1. The pin would be very cute and the spine of one or your books.

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  16. How very cool! A new thing I get to try - thank you! Those would make very nice gifts - can't wait to try one tonight when I get home from work!

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  17. Jill,
    I hope you do get a chance to make a couple!

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  18. THIS is charming! Thanks for the tutorial - will put it to good use!

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  19. thanks for sharing this interesting tutorial. this pins is lovely.

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