You might be aware that I collect enamel pins, and last year I made some fabric bunting to display my pins. Well, since then, my collection has grown to the point where I was running out of room on my bunting. Thankfully, I remembered this lovely project by Essie Ruth, one of my favourite Australian makers, and set about making a felt enamel pin pennant of my own!
Do you collect enamel pins? I started my collection a year or two ago, and until recently had them all pinned to a tote bag. I started getting worried about scratching up my pins when using the bag, which I carry with me every day, so I started to brainstorm other ways to store and display my pin collection.
I saw this beautiful pin pennant project idea on the Frankie blog, and then had a brainwave – why not display my pins on fabric bunting?!
To make sure the bunting was sturdy enough for my pins, I opted to quilt each individual flag. This was a great way to use up some of the scraps of fabric and batting from my past quilt projects!
These are the steps I followed to make my bunting:
- I first drew and cut out a paper template for my flags, then cut my fabric and batting – one piece of batting and two pieces of fabric for each flag.
- For each flag, I places the fabric pieces right sides together with the batting on top, then sewed around the sides, leaving the top edge unstitched.
- I then flipped each flag inside out so the batting was sandwiched between the fabric, pushing out the corners with the end of a chopstick.
- I pressed each flag flat, then quilted around all of the edges, about 1cm in from the edge.
- I cut out a long length of gold ready-made bias binding, then enclosed the top of each flag with the binding.
- The last step was to fold and sew down the rest of the bias binding to enclose the raw edges, and then my bunting was ready to hang!
The picture ledge in our lounge room was the perfect place to hang the bunting, and I had a lot of fun arranging my little pin collection on the flags! And when I want to wear one or two of my pins, it’s super easy to remove the pin I want from the display.
I’ve listed out each of my pins below, in case you’re interested in any specific ones!
- Charlie Brown and Snoopy pins purchased from Snoopy Town in Kiddy Land, Harajuku
- Toy Story alien pins purchased at Tokyo DisneySea
- Mini Genie pin purchased at the Disney Store in Japan
- Cactus pin came free with a purchase from the old A Beautiful Mess shop
- Bob’s Burgers Louise Belcher and Erotic Friend Fiction pins from Newbury Comics
- All My Friends Are Dead pin from Newbury Comics
I’m so happy to have a proper home for my little pin collection, and I love that this project is both functional and beautiful!