Easy DIY Pronoun Pin
Happy Pride month! I’ve been busy reorganizing my sewing room now that I’ve acquired my own L890, but I wanted to make this project and put it up before June is over! To celebrate pride, I designed my own pronoun pin in Embroidery Software 9, and then stitched it out and finished the project on my B770!
To start, I set up my embroidery canvas on Embroidery Software 9 to use the midi hoop and used the rectangle tool to make a rectangle that was eight units by three units– about three inches by one inch. The size doesn’t necessarily matter, as long as you can easily locate the center. I made a second rectangle the same height (three units), and about half of the width (four units) of the large rectangle.
After that was done, I lined the smaller rectangle on top of the larger one so it rested in the middle– I included a picture for demonstration. This will serve as the flap that I folded over to make a loop on the back to thread a pin through so I can wear it. If you’d rather make this a patch, you can skip this step.
For these rectangles, I used the satin stitch fill for both, but you can experiment with different designs for them. I liked the satin stitching because it provided some structure for the pin so it can support itself and not fold over on itself.
Next, I used the lettering tool and wrote out my pronouns– I use they/them pronouns, but I also made she/her and he/him designs to make pins for my friends. I picked a font that I liked, but because there are so many in the Embroidery 9 software, it’s really up to you what you like and how you want to express yourself. You could also add a little symbol like a heart or a star, but I wanted to keep mine simple.
I stitched mine out using a variegated pink isacord thread for the borders and a grey isacord thread for the pronouns. For the background fabric I used, I thought this looked really nice. If I had gone with a more patterned fabric, I probably would have used the same thread for both to ground the design a little bit. Stitching out the design took about half an hour, and once it was done I took it out of the hoop and cut it out as close to the edge as I could. I folded over the small flap and stitched it down to the bottom so it created a loop that I could thread a pin into.
And tada! It’s done.
This was a really fun, easy project to work through, and I’m really glad I did! If you’re not familiar with the Embroidery Software 9, this is a great project to help you get to know some of the basic features. I included some pictures of what I did in the software because I think explaining it might sound a little convoluted. If you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer in the comments.
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