Friday Finish: Pin Catcher

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Recently, I have become obsessed with enamel pins, especially crafty enamel pins. My collection is still rather small, but I foresee it growing and wondered how collectors displayed their pins. A search of Pinterest resulted in some interesting options, so I made two different projects. 

 I've always wanted a VW van.

I've always wanted a VW van.

First up is this Embroidery Hoop Pin Catcher  tutorial that I changed up a bit. I reduced the pattern size to fit the only empty embroidery hoop I had on hand. Instead of painting the VW van, I followed the appliqué and stitching techniques in Sew Illustrated

 The backside

The backside

A feature mentioned in the tutorial is the hoop allows for the backings to remain on the pins (unlike storing them on a cork board). Also the depth of the hoop prevents any marks left on the wall from the pin backs. I have mine hanging on the pegboard so it really doesn't matter, but I like the option of placing on my wall without worries.

 My version of the Twenty Minute Tote

My version of the Twenty Minute Tote

I think this project though is my favorite so far for "catching" pins! I found the Twenty Minute Tote directions easy to follow (though it took me a bit longer than 20 minutes...a bag maker I am NOT) and was proud that I managed to upcycle a denim jeans pocket for placing my new pins. 

 The other side

The other side

The Melody Miller panel has been in my stash too long! It's satisfying to finally use a favorite fabric. I made sure the telephones were on the side WITHOUT the pockets so they can be seen.

 Pairs nicely with this notebook cover I made years ago

Pairs nicely with this notebook cover I made years ago

If you like the Quilty Friends Rock enamel pin, they are now listed in my Etsy shop. I have another enamel pin design that will be listed next month, and a few more designs in my head ;-))

 Love the upcycled denim pocket

Love the upcycled denim pocket

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts. Hope you have a fantastic weekend! Thanks for stopping by,

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