Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pearl Bow Pin

Last Friday, I went "window-shopping" with a friend after we had lunch at the mall (I say "window-shopping" because I ended up buying a few things... which I really think are necessary by the way!). I saw this pearl-encrusted bow pin (sorry, wasn't able to take a photo) which I found really pretty but didn't want to buy it at that price because I felt I can make one myself. So I ended up buying pair of earrings from that store instead, and started planning the bow pin in my head.

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.
Bow Template
STEP 2: Cut your drawing/printout and use as pattern to cut the felt. You will need 2 pieces of Part A and 1 piece of Part B.

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 6: Use glue to attach the part ABOVE the dotted line of Part B to the back of Part A.

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!

(EDITED 12/1/2010)
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)
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Kimaloo said...

I love this! Very cute... I think I'll get to work on one for myself tonight. :o)

Janelle said...

Thanks! I hope your turn out better than mine :D

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

This is super cute! I love bows of all kinds lol

PS- I'm doing my first ever giveaway on my blog and I'd love for you to come enter! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-giveaway-and-introducing-your.html

Jeanna said...

Too cute! I'm going to have to try this.

Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I'm totally in love with this! I think it is stunning. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

dizzytina said...

this is so cute thanks for sharing. i am your newest follower tina x x http://scratchycatcrafter.blogspot.com

Marlie @ Crafting, Cooking, and Cats said...

LOVE IT! I'm going to have to make one of these. Thanks for sharing!

Divya N said...

Lovely and it suits you well..:)probably if you started of with smaller (lighter) pearls or beads) it would have been perfect for a hair clip

Janelle said...

Yeah, I actually want to try this again with smaller beads next time :)

Anonymous said...

This is sooooo precious!!! Just what I was looking for. Have a pair of shoes and boots that need a little spicing up. Will have to give it a try. Thank you for your creativity and ingenuity!

chest2go said...

Love it.Im gonna make different sizes and colors of beads

Tonyawear said...

I love this. I can't wait to try to make it. It would be perfect for my aunt.

Anonymous said...

I like this it was good and look like it easy to make is it

Karisa said...

This is such a sweet little pin! I've included it in my link round-up on the FaveCrafts Blog: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/national-craft-month-jewelry-link-love/

Would you like to publish your tutorial on FaveCrafts? Email me if you're interested :)

Anonymous said...

beautiful !!!! your so talented.. thanx for sharing

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loooove this bow. I decided to make one of my own, but I altered the pattern to make it look more like a mans bow tie. I will be using it as a headband charm. It turned out beautiful, thanks for the idea! I will add a photo when I figure out how to do it : ).

Deborah March said...

GREAT tutorial...thanks loads!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Wow it looks so fantastic

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V

Part Time Homemaker said...

How pretty! A miniature version would look precious on a baby headband, I hope I will have time to try this out. :)