Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fabric covered thumb tacks....

I have looked and looked and cannot find any decent pins or tacks for my inspiration boards.  It is a real gap in the market.   I was beginning to think maybe it was me, not the global market for ugly thumbtacks, when I found a couple of tutorials on how to cover them in fabric.

This felt a bit Christo-esque and weird, but I think they look pretty good.  

A quick trip to to buy self covering button at Lincraft later, here they are:


I am particularly pleased that I managed to get the babushka face on to one of them, 


The original idea came from here

An Australian adaptation is here.  I think on reflection I really need to make buttons bigger so the tack head fits inside.  Maybe next time.

I do wonder to what ends one would go to cover up ugliness in pretty fabric?  I may have reached my personal limit here. 

And the day after a Federal election in Australia where we probably have a hung Parliament and potentially months of political uncertainty, I think these little pointy tacks, enticing on one side and prickly on the other, are very apt for the times.  



9 comments:

Kellie Collis said...

These are divine... WHo would ever thought these could be so stylish! Hope you are having a perfect weekend! Kellie xx

ampersand-design.blogspot.com said...

So pretty. And yes a very apt post for this weekend.

Thanks for posting the tutorial link.

Sandy K

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

So Cute! Like they always say..."It's All In The Details". And thanks for posting the instructions. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Tina said...

These are gorgeous Jane!! I have to agree wholeheartedly with your last sentence ;) Hope you have a fabulous week ~ Tina xx

mise said...

You've probably started the latest etsy or ebay sensation - I'd buy these like a shot, in my trivial, fiddling while Australia burns way. Already I feel a collector's obsessing creeping over me.

JANE said...

Thanks for another gorgeous idea, Jane. My, you are talented. I might have to give that one a try. J x

little augury said...

darling and perfect for the tack boards! love these.

Emma said...

These are so cute, what a gorgeous idea! It makes normal metal tacks look so ugly in comparison! I will need to make some! Thank you for posting, and for posting link to the tutorial! I love the lil babushka too! x

Mrs. B. said...

This is a lovely idea! I'm definitely going to do this for my kids. It's so easy but I never thought of it.

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