This week I’ve been collaborating with Maker Valley – a company run by Holly and Dave Lesue producing quilting-themed t-shirts and enamel pins. And I’m so excited to share a brand new set of enamel pins that we’ve created to coordinate with my Sunnyside Ave collection.
Aren’t they cute?! There are two apples – one in gingham (of course!) and one in the popular kelly green with pin dots. Then, there is also a quilt block from my Red Delicous quilt pattern. I’m so proud of them. You can find them available starting Saturday April 21 in the Maker Valley store (as well as all of the other cute enamel pins they carry).
Are you a enamel pin collector? I know there are many avid fans out there. I have to admit, I’ve only recently joined the bandwagon, but I’m starting to see why people love it so much! As my collection has grown, I’ve needed a place to put them all together in one place where I can enjoy them.
So I’ve created a simple tutorial for this hoop to hang and display a pin collection. It’s a no-sew project (except for some optional hand stitching) so it’s super easy to put together with lots of room for extra customization. I’ve also put together a list of 12 other ideas for displaying and using your pins below, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!
For this project I bought a large 14″ quilting hoop at JoAnn’s, but you could use any size embroidery hoop you’d like. Other supplies include fabric slightly larger than the size of the hoop, Shape Flex 101 fusible interfacing, and a glue gun.
For my fabric I chose a woven linen/cotton blend. I like the slightly larger weave of the fabric for texture and to make it easier to put the pins through the fabric. (Be advised, the enamel pins are heavy so they need a large pin shaft. They will leave a small hole in fabric.)
Cut a piece of fabric and a piece of Shape Flex larger than the hoop you are using. Fuse Shape Flex to the back of the fabric.
Place fabric in hoop and pull taught. Tighten hoop. Cut away excess fabric leaving about 3″. Use hot glue gun to apply a small stream of glue on the back, inside hoop and pull fabric over to secure in place. Go all the way around the hoop. Trim remainder of excess fabric away (to about 3/4″) and glue to inside of the hoop.
Once your edges are securely glued down, trim away the remaining excess fabric, leaving roughtly the same amount as the depth of the hoop. You can then glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop if you want.
From there I used some embroidery floss (6 strands) and an embroidery needle to do some simple handstitching 1/4″ away from the outside edge of the hoop – just to customize a little bit.
Obviously there is SO MUCH more you can do to customize your hoop! You could:
- paint the wooden hoop a different color before you add the fabric (just be careful about paining around the screw at the top for loosening/tightening so that it doesn’t get stuck!)
- wrap fabric around the hoop for a colorful edge or add felt flowers like this example
- add more decorative embroidery stitches, applique, buttons, etc to give it a really custom feel.
I purposely decided to leave the wood and use a neutral color of fabric so that the colorful pins would pop, but I do think at some point, when inspiration strikes, I may embellish my hoop. In the mean time, I’m so excited to finally have a place to display my growing pin collection.
There are SO many great ways you can display a pin (or flair 😉 ) collection! You could wear pins on a jacket or bag.
Here are a couple of other cute hoop variations:
A more graphic, modern variation by See Kate Sew
Or you could make fun low-volume patchwork with quilting like this variation
These two banner variations are both so cute! Different details and embellishements give them their own style. The tutorial on the left (with those beautiful Liberty prints!) is by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt. The tutorial on the right with the adorable pompoms is by Sarah Ashford and found on the Polkadot Chair blog.
An obvious option is to simply display them and use them on your bulletin board! Here’s an example from Andy of A Bright Corner.
Holly of Maker Valley has been collecting enamel pins for a long time. (I have her partly to
blame thank for my new collection…). She shares in her Instagram Stories how she displays and uses them on her bulliten boards in her sewing studio – combining all kinds of memories and memorabilia. (plus, don’t you love all of those mini quilts?)
Here’s another quick and simple example using a frame and cork board.
I also put a few on this cute little thread catcher made by my friend, Emily. It’s heavily quilted and sturdy enough to stand with the pins. (Thread catcher tutorial here.)
So there you go! I few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. I’m sure there are lots more out there.
I’ve started saving ideas to this Pin Board as I find them.
What about you? Are you a pin collector? What are your favorite ways to save and display?
Finally – tomorrow (Saturday) we’ll be announcing new t-shirts available as part of my collaboration with Maker Valley. Be sure to check in and see which designs were chosen by the popular vote!