Tutorial: Valentine’s Day Sequin Heart Pin

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I guess I’ve always been a fan of Valentine’s Day.  I loved picking out which Barbie valentines I’d give to my classmates for our parties in elementary school, I buy those candy conversation hearts for fun every year, and I always dress up on Valentine’s Day in red with some kind of heart-shaped accessory.  This sequin heart pin adds just enough sparkle to any holiday outfit and has several wearable options- it could be customized to be a hair clip or pendant depending on the size you decide to make your heart.
Materials:
Red felt
Sequin strand, approx. 1 yd
Glue gun and glue inserts
Craft scissors
Paper
Pen
Directions:

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Step 1.  Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of a heart shape along the crease – you know, like how you used to make hearts in school.  Cut out your shape and unfold it to get your template that will be used for cutting out the felt.

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Step 2. Cut out two heart shapes from the felt using your paper template.  I found it easiest to fold the felt in half and cut out the two shapes at once so that they would be uniform.

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Step 3
. Glue around the edges of one heart and place the second heart on top of the first, creating a heart “sandwich.”  Go back and fill in any holes with more glue so that all edges are securely glued together.

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Step 4
. Place a dot of glue at the center top of the heart and secure beginning of sequin strand.  Carefully apply glue to outer edge of heart and press sequins into glue, making sure strand doesn’t become twisted.

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Step 5
. Continue to apply glue to outer edge of heart until the entire outer edge of the heart shape is covered in sequins.  Repeat again, this time placing glue and sequins next to first row of sequins.  Continue gluing and placing sequins in a clockwise fashion until felt is no longer showing through.

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Step 6.  Secure last sequin with a dot of glue and trim remaining sequin strand.  Your heart should look like the one above.  Once the glue has dried, remove any pesky hot glue strands and excess glue that may have oozed out onto the sequins during the gluing process.

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Step 7. Apply a line of glue to the center back of the heart shape and press pin back into glue.  Wait for the glue to dry before wearing.

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3 Comments

  1. February 14, 2012 / 10:51 am

    So cute!!! I really love it! I´ve to do something similar.
    Happy Valentine´s day!

  2. February 17, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    That is adorable!!!

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