The Pin-Up Brooch Holder Tutorial
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” -
- 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!