Holiday Poinsettia Pin

Join BERNINA Ambassador Heidi Lund and create a wonderful Poinsettia pin to wear on your lapel or hat this holiday season. They will make great gifts for family and friends.

Poinsettia Pin Tutorial

Supply List to Create a Poinsettia Pin

  • 3-4 squares of Felt
  • 1/4 yard of Satin Fabric in 2 coordinating colors
  • Rayon and Holoshimmer Thread
  • 90/14 Embroidery or Topstitch needle
  • Steam A Seam II Lite or other double sided fusible web
  • Scissors
  • Size 10 Beading Needle and Silamide Beading Thread
  • Thimble
  • Template Plastic and an extra-fine point Sharpie Marker
  • Fabri-Tac glue
  • Rhinestone button or beaded ribbon flower trim
  • BERNINA Quilting foot #29
  • Poinsetta Pin TemplatePoinsettia Pin-materials

Instructions to Create a Poinsettia Pin

Using the double sided fusible web, fuse an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of the satin to a piece of the color coordinated felt. Next fuse two pieces of satin together.

Note:  Turn your iron down to medium so you do not shrink the satin and the fusible.

Trace Poinsettia Pattern onto template plastic. I have included an entire pattern, but you really only need 1 large petal and 1 small petal. Once traced, cut your templates out.

Poinsettia Pin-trace and cut out template

Trace the larger petal shape onto the fused satin and felt. You will need 6 large petals for the base of the flower.

Poinsettia Pin-Trace the larger petal shape onto the fused satin and felt

Now trace the smaller petal onto the two fused satins. You will need 5 small petals for the top of the flower.

Set your machine up for free-motion. Make sure your machine is cleaned and well oiled. Drop your feed dogs and attach your BERNINA Quilting foot #29.

Load the top of your machine and your bobbin with matching rayon thread.

Set your machine for a zigzag satin stitch approximately 2.5 to 3.0 in width. You do not have to set your length, because you are sewing free-motion.

Starting at the bottom of each petal, stitch free-motion zigzag around your leaf design. Once you get back to the bottom of the petal, switch to free-motion straight stitch and add center veins to your leaf. Move onto the next petal and repeat.

Poinsettia Pin-stitch free-motion zigzag around your leaf design

When you have completed your smaller petals, change your top thread to the sparkly Holoshimmer thread and then free-motion stitch the veins inside the leaves.

Poinsettia Pin-free-motion stitch the veins inside the leaves

Once you have completed a “sheet” of petals, use a sharp pair of scissor and cut out each petal by trimming close to the stitching lines.

Poinsettia Pin-cut out each petal

Take your leftover felt and cut into circles about 1.5″ wide in circumference. This is the base that you will be attaching your flower petals to.

You now should have 3 flower components: large flower petals, small flower petals and felt circles. It is time for assembly.

Poinsettia Pin-Flower components before assembly

To make each flower you will need 6 of the larger petals, 5 of the smaller petals the center piece.

Lay the cut circle on your work surface and place the six large leaves over the top of it with their points meeting in the center.

Poinsettia Pin-Placing the leafs

Take this first layer to your machine and using the same rayon thread, you will free-motion straight stitch a circle a couple of times around the center. Make sure that each petal is stitched down to the circle. Now add the smaller petals on top and free-motion straight stitch a circle tacking these down as well.

Poinsettia Pin-stitching the petals

It is time to add your embellishments and this is where the handwork starts. Load a size 10 beading needle with beading thread and you choose what you would like in the center of your poinsettia. Pick a fancy rhinestone button, a ribbon flower, or even beads to stitch into the center for stamens. Secure the button in place.

Note: you may need a thimble to get your needle thru all the layers.

Poinsettia Pin-embellish your pin

Using the same needle and beading thread, turn the pin over and secure a pin-back finding to the back side of the circle base.

Poinsettia Pin-secure a pin-back

Once pin-back is secured, use your leftover felt scraps to cut a small oval to cover the pin back. Secure in place with Fabri-tac glue.

Poinsettia Pin-Secure in place with Fabri-tac glue

You now have a wonderful pin to give as Holiday Christmas gift. They are addicting to make and you can easily modify this pin into an ornament by adding a small ribbon loop to them instead of a pin-back. They can then be used as on ornament for your tree or to dress up a package or a bottle of wine for a great gift.

Poinsettia Pin-BERNINA Ambassador Heidi Lund

To make these have your own take on the Holidays, change your fabrics, your threads, and your embellishments. The combinations are wonderful. Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season from the Great Pacific Northwest.

Happy Holidays! Our December 25 Gift for You:

Today’s gift is a BERNINA Weekender bag waiting to be filled with sewing projects when sewing with a friend, or just for toting your stuff to the gym.

BERNINA Weekender Bag

All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

What kind of pin would you like to create?

A winner will be chosen at random on December 26, 2016 and announced the following week!

Good luck!

The contest is open for comments until December 25 at 12:00 midnight Central Time. Click here for contest rules.

Congratulations to WeAllSew reader “dharry1215,” the winner of our December 25th gift. Enjoy!

80 thoughts on “Holiday Poinsettia Pin

    1. Hi Terri, These work great pinned to a coat or jacket. I wore them all December, pinned them on my right shoulder as I carry my bags on my left. I also covered it with my hand when I slid my heavier coat on it so not to curl the petal edges up. Have fun, I found some rhinestone snowflake buttons that looked great in the center too!

    1. Liz, I am sure you can use this same technique to make a dragon fly or a hummingbird. You could google a royalty free bird pattern to use. The decorating (embellishing) on top would be fabulous with iridescent threads, beads and sequins.

  1. I like making flower pins and bow tie / tie pins to pin on little onesies for babies. It lets them be fancy and dress up there favorite comfy clothes. Perfect for the holidays!

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