Hot! The Pin-Up Brooch Holder Tutorial

We interrupt the usual sewing-related posts here at The Sew Weekly for a little tutorial that involves a little bit of stitching and a little bit of Ikea.

While the best way to store all my vintage brooches is probably in cotton, in boxes and in the dark, I like to keep my costume jewelry on display. Not only does it make me happy to see them, but it also is a reminder to stick one on with my daily outfit. Here’s a little tutorial on how to make your own Pin-Up Brooch Holder.

What you’ll need:

  • Ikea Tyglösa frame – $4.99
  • 1 piece of fabric – about 25″ x 25″
  • embroidery floss, needle
  • felt (optional)
  • Template for “frame” –
    Download Pin-up-template
  • hammer, screwdriver

Follow Ikea’s instructions and build the frame — You’ll be stretching the fabric over it just like a, well, streched canvas. For me the hardest part of this step was finding a phillips-head screwdriver at my house.
Once you’ve built the frame, follow Ikea’s steps to stretch the fabric over the frame. I choose a scrap piece of a heavy linen that I had lying around my house. Use a fabric that doesn’t have that much stretch — preferably something a bit heavyweight. Stretch. You’ll have a bunch of nails to make it all taut and nice.

Once your frame is built, you’ll need a template of some sorts. You can make your own or use the one included in this tutorial. It’s sized to fit your frame so you’ll need to piece the printout pages together to make one large image. Once you do that, use some carbon paper (or whatever method you would like to use to transfer the image) to the back of the fabric.
Now using a basic running stitch, follow your guide to complete the “frame.” I chose to keep the frame very simple but you can choose whatever stitch you’d like.
I then cut out a strip of felt and finished it with pinking shears. I attached that to the “canvas” using the same running stitch. I then stitched the word “pin-up” after drawing it on with a temporary transfer pen. If you want to keep your canvas fairly simple, you can omit this step.

And that’s it! It is now time to hang your baubles with pride!



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Very cute, what a lovely idea!

  2. That is AWESOME. And the blue/red combo is so cheerful, just like the pins. I also like that you always include the price of your supplies; it’s much better to dream about a project when you know you can afford it!

  3. Great idea – so practical and pretty!

  4. Lovely! We used to have a brooch christmas tree picture when I was growing up!

  5. Wow. I need to make myself one of these. Sheer brilliance.

  6. Bookmarking this, it turned out so cute!!

  7. So beautiful! If only I had such pretty brooches…

  8. that’s REALLY great!! great idea, and super cute design. :)

  9. This is so cute! I don’t have a brooch collection, but my imagination is working on a way to adapt this to my life…very well done!

  10. I’m loving this idea, will definitely be trying this out sometime soon!
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and am so inspired by what you are doing; it’s fantastic!

  11. This is so adorable!

  12. Hi Mena,
    I loved your post on Sew mama sew! My daughter lives in San Francisco, and sews in the vintage style, and the 40’s are her favorite. She just graduated from CCA with a fashion design degree.
    If you live in the city, you may have come across her as she dresses totally vintage, and very dramatic. Her blog is: Since you love that era, I thought you would get a kick out of her blog.
    I have been sewing for over 30 years, and I never do a muslin either! I loved that you wrote that, because I don’t think you really need to.
    I had a chance to look at some of your old posts and really enjoyed the visit:)

  13. Love it! So creative and fun.

  14. Ilove it, so effective.