Saturday, 2 July 2016

Tutorial: Pretty Bobby Pins

How about making some pretty bobby pins? Honestly, I am addicted to making these. They are so quick, easy and really fun to make. You will need special pins with pads and a button covering kit. They can easily be found online or in some of your local craft stores. Bobby pins are an excellent small gift, especially if you make cards to hold them.

Things you need:
  • button covering kit (I used 18mm ones)
  • bobby pins with pads
  • pretty fabric scraps
  • strong glue for metal (or glue gun)
  • small cutting pliers

Step 1: Cut circles of pretty fabric using the template from the button kit. I would recommend ironing the fabric before so it's nice and smooth.

Step 2: With a pair of small cutting pliers, gently cut the button shanks and remove them.

Step 3: Cover the buttons with the fabric according to the kit instruction. I like to apply a little bit of fabric glue to the top of the button to prevent the fabric from sliding.

I love this transparent mould! You can see exactly how the button will look like.

Step 4:  This step is a bit tricky, but I am sure you can manage. If the pad of the pin is pushed too far from the curve, you might need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to move/slide the pad just a bit closer to the curve so that the button sits on the pad flatly. Make sure that you do not bend the pad.

Step 5: Using a small amount of strong glue for metal or a glue gun, adhere the buttons to the pins. Let it set for an hour.

Note: If you would like to make pretty needle minders, instead of pins, use strong round magnets. :-)

All done! Now you can make some pretty cards to hold your bobby pins and they are ready to be gifted to someone special.

For my cards I used two types of thick scrapbooking paper. I made two cuts for the pins and glued on some pieces of ribbons. Easy!

This is for you, Ann. :-) Happy crafting! Larisa xox


  1. Such a sweet idea! Thanks for the tutorial, Larisa.

    1. You are welcome, Dina! I am glad you like it. :-)

  2. Thank you so muuuuch for this tutorial! :) Absolutely love these hair pins, can’t wait to start making some! :D

    1. You are welcome, Ann! Enjoy! I am sure you won't be able to stop making them after you make the first one. :-) xox