Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alphabet Pins

Not that long ago, I clicked on one of those "10 great sewing hacks" posts and saw someone who had taken kids' alphabet beads and glued them to flat-head pins to make alphabet pins for keeping track of cut pattern pieces.  I thought it was a great idea, and promptly lost the link.  So I'm a bad librarian for not citing my source.  If anyone has seen this before and knows where it came from, let me know and I'll update.

Earlier this month, I was working on a pieced penguin block that will eventually be a birthday present for my son, and it has pieces through at least K, and I wished I had some of those pins. I was recently in the same shopping center as an A.C. Moore, so I bought alphabet beads.  Mine were $1.99 for a bag of 150 pieces.  I already had flat-head flower pins and tacky glue.

I made one full alphabet set, then I did 2 extras of A-E, because those are the fabric distinctions for the Meadow Mist Mystery and I've been working on cutting out that fabric.

I'm very pleased with how they turned out.  I can't wait to start a project that needs them!  I've got Hazel the Hedgehog on my "soon" list, and I just checked the pattern and those pieces go up to "S"!  So I should get to use them soon.