I’ve been planning to take a photo of Eleanor each month, and I wanted a way to mark each one for easy identification. I ran across a prize-ribbon tutorial recently, and I was going to make one but I didn’t have the right kind of ribbon. Sure, I could have gone out and bought some, but I had a sleeping baby in the house and a desire to make something now. I ended up rummaging through my craft closet for supplies that I had on hand and I came up with a felt version instead.
First I cut two matching circles out of pink and white felt.
Then I cut a slightly larger circle out of brown felt with pinking shears (using one of my pocket mirrors as a template).
Next I marked an asterisk pattern on the pink felt circle, stacked it on top of the white circle, and then cut out eight triangular points.
I chose a few cute ribbons to form the tails…
Then I hand stitched all of my parts together and formed the body of the pin.
I could have stopped there or sewn a button in the center if I just wanted to make a cute pin, but I wanted to be able to change the center each month for Eleanor’s age (in months). Since I have ready access to a button machine (I make pins and magnets with it for my shop), I decided to make 24 numbered buttons. May as well make this a two year photo project, eh?
Now I can just swap out the center each month and Eleanor can wear the correct number on the pin each month for her photo!