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Animal Pins


Although I haven't made any of the projects from yesterday's Stuffed Animals book review yet, it did get me inspired to make a few animals of my own to share. These are the kind of critters that you keep with you, even as an adult, pinned to your favorite sweater or bag. And the good news is, they don't take long to make, so you can stitch one up for yourself and one for mom too! (Mother's Day will be here before you know it, after all...)

Animal Pins

You will need:

Linen (or another solid)
Cotton print fabric
Cotton batting
Embroidery floss
Pin back

Animal Pins pattern PDF

Animal Pins

Print the pattern page and choose which animal you are making. For each pin, cut out one shape from linen, one from the cotton fabric and one from the batting.

Animal Pins

Sew the pin back to the right side of the print fabric. I used a doubled piece of regular thread and took a few stitches on each side of each hole in the pin. You can also use embroidery floss for this.

Animal Pins

Hold the linen and batting together and embroider the face and the fur. Because these are pretty small, I didn't like the way that a regular french knot looked. Instead, I used tiny satin stitch to form the eyes. Also, I freeform stitched the fur, because the pattern is more of a rough guide for something like this.

Animal Pins

When the embroidery is done, place the print piece with the pin back behind the batting layer and stitch around the edge with running stitch. Go close to the edge, but not too close or it may fray too much.

Animal Pins

Once you've made one, I can almost guarantee that you'll want to make more. They are cute and addictive that way!

A few notes on linen: First, this is a material that can be expensive. But with a sale or coupon, you'll be glad that you're treating yourself and having some on hand. Next, this is also a material with a weave that frays. Work with caution, while appreciating the charm that the fraying gives!

Animal Pins

I wasn't lying about getting excited about making these. Not only did I make a set for me, but I made some extras to give away! Enter below using Rafflecopter, and 3 winners will each receive an animal pin. (I'll choose which animal to surprise you!) Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

43 comments:

  1. What a great idea!! It seems very easy to do, and they are very cute. One of my favourite animals is the Bulldog :) Thanks for this giveaway!

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  2. They're so cute <3
    My favourite animal is monkey! Thanks for the giveaway :*

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  3. I can't decide between pandas and alpacas, I like them both!

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  4. I love song birds. Robins, finches, sparrows, cardinals, chickadees - I love them all! Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  5. giraffes!! and puppies.. hah doesn't everyone love puppies?

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  6. oh! very cute! :-)

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  7. I am in Love with al 3 of them! cuties!

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  8. I love pandas! Really like the simpleness (is that a word? :)) Gonna make a pair with my 10 year old.

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  9. Owls are my favorite animal. My dad used to take my sister and I every fall to see the big barn owl at our family friends place. They were a little scary but I couldn't stop starring at him. I've loved them ever since.

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  10. My favorite is the buffalo ---- TATONKA!

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  11. My favorite would have to be Papillions. I have a little 6# one sitting in my lap Right now. She is a little love, and never leaves my side. Thank you for the chance.

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  12. I love owls - cute ones though!

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  13. So sweet! Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  14. Favorite animal? Hmm, I'm not sure, I love dogs, so I'll say dogs :)

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  15. Cheetahs are my absolute favorites...but like Alyssa said...who DOESN'T like puppies?! :) Thanks for the chance to enter!

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  16. These are very cute :) And my favourite animal is a hamster.

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  17. Vivian T.5:03 PM

    So adorable! My favorite animal has to be the wombat.

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  18. my burmese cat....also called Molly!!

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  19. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Unicorn :)

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  21. Cute. Love dinosaurs. Linda gerig

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  22. I like owls and foxes lol.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  23. Ooh hard question for an animal lover. I love squirrels, pandas, koalas, meerkats, and elephants. But favorite is the cat.

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  24. These are so cute! :) I loooove dogs and dragons!

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  25. I am a bunny FANATIC!

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  26. favorite animal? cat of course. I have 6 and only sanity prevents me from having MOAR!

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  27. Mollie,

    You're the best. Thanks!

    Maureen

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  29. What an adorable post to see when putting my head above water ;) Your work never fails to cheer me up! (ETA my favourite animal is a cat... followed by lambs as a close second)

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  30. These are adorable! I would love to make some like this but with a bit of potpourri to keep in dresser drawers, thanks!

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  31. My favorite animal is all things cat, but I love pretty much every type of animal, including sea creatures!

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  33. My favorite animals are unicorns, dolphins, and hedgehogs! These are so cute, they remind me of my crafty days, You might've just inspired me to start crafting again. Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. Love these!!!

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  36. Thank you! I'm not on Facebook, so I wouldn't have sen this at all, had it not been for the link. I truly appreciate your sharing this!

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