I can’t believe it’s almost Mother’s Day- I feel like I “lost” almost the entire month of April by being away, then being sick, and getting over jet lag. And I don’t know about what it’s like where you are, but here it is cold and gray and rainy- not feeling at all like May!
What kinds of gifts to do you give for Mother’s Day? Sometimes, I buy flowers, sometimes I’ll purchase a little something at the gift shop, and sometimes I make something. I do have several people whom I celebrate Mother’s Day with- my mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, friends, etc., so I often need several gifts. And, let’s face it- I’m not usually one to plan ahead for these things, so making several gifts at the last minute can be tricky!
But, I do have an idea which is quick, fun, and uses up that stash of cottons and wools (and the button jar!) in my studio. For many years, I have been making wool flower pins- in fact, that’s how my business as a quilt designer got started! Here is the short story: I was making wool pins and selling them at quilt shows as a charity project. I was already designing and making my own quilts (mostly because I’m terrible at following directions…) so I thought I might as well try to write out some of my designs and sell them at the shows.
I have 3 different pin patterns which use wool and/or cotton. If you don’t have wool, you can use craft felt. I think my favorite part about making the pins is going through my scrap baskets and button jar and playing with all different kinds of combinations of colors and textures. I sold hundreds and hundreds (maybe thousands) of pins- and no 2 were ever the same. And when I say scraps, I do mean scraps- these are little projects! So, even with less than a week until Mother’s Day, you can make a whole pile of these! They are also great for gifts any time of year- maybe for a secret sister or guild swap. You can spend an afternoon or 2 making a bunch of them, and then have them on hand for last minute handmade gifts.
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The pin shown above is made with wool (or felt) and cotton.
The one below (my favorite!) is called the Scrappy Quilt-y Pin- it’s perfect for practicing your machine quilting skills! I love it because it looks like you found an old quilt in the attic and cut it up into a flower (which I would never do- but I love the look!)
Finally, this one is called the Ruffled Flower Pin (for obvious reasons) and it has a lot of options for using wool and/or cotton and even ribbon, so you can get really creative with it:
Flower pins are great for dressing up a lapel on a coat or jacket, or a purse or tote (free reversible purse tutorial can be found here):