It was a long weekend for us last weekend, no work yesterday (Monday) so I was able to finish it. Ta-dah!!
Pretty! It's about 3.5 inches wide. The original I saw at the store used pink ribbon at the center of the bow but no matter how many times I tried when I was making mine, I couldn't get it to look right so I decided to use an oval-shaped pearl bead instead. Total time for me to make this was around 2 hours, spread across 3 days (that's how little free time I have... *sniff*).
Here's a simple how to:
You will need:
- Small pearl beads (I used what I had on hand... I have a lot of pearl beads left over from when I had my bead jewelry business a few years ago)
- Felt (use a color to match the color of the pearl beads you are using)
- Needle and thread (color to match the color of the felt you are using).
- 1 oval shaped bead (same color as your small pearl beads or a coordinating color).
- Brooch pin.
- A template for the bow, see below for the template I used.
STEP 1: Draw the shape of the bow you want your pin to look like. I free-handed mine, but I did a rough rendering and you can just download my template below.
To download the template, click on the image to enlarge. Copy and paste to a Word file. Resize to the size you want your pin to be, and then print.
STEP 3: Sew the small pearl beads into a piece of Part A. I started from center, then moving to the edges of one side of the bow. The illustration below shows how I filled out one side of the bow.
As you get to the center, make sure the beads look evenly spaced and there is no big empty spot. Repeat for the other side of the bow.
STEP 4: Sew the center bead or whatever you plan to use for the center of the ribbon.
STEP 5: Sew beads on to Part B.Sew below the dotted line (see illustration below).
STEP 7: Glue the 2nd piece of Part A to the back of the combined pieces of Parts A and B.
STEP 8: Glue the pin to the back. Cut a small piece of felt and glue it across the pin to secure it.
And you're done!
Mine ended up a little heavy... I don't know why. Maybe because it's a little big and the pearl beads I used are bigger than the ones I saw on the pin at the store. After I was done, I started thinking what to do with it. See, I'm not really the pin/brooch-wearing type. I initially wanted it for Andrea... but it's so pretty I want to use it!
Here's me wearing it to dress up my plain black shirt:
I think I can also use it on a purse, we'll see. If you decide to make one, I hope you can share it with me. Have fun with your pearl bow pin!
(Edited again! 12/2/2010)
and again and again :)
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