Last updated on June 28th, 2019 at 11:51 am
Collecting pins? Make a felt pin display banner to hold them! Designed to be cut on the new Cricut Maker, but also includes PDF for cutting by hand.
If you’re collecting any sort of pins, you’re probably wondering how to display them. On my recent trip to Salt Lake City for the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon, the great folks at Cricut had a fun pin collecting challenge. I managed to complete all the challenges and come home with six adorable pins. So of course I wanted to show them off and it gave me the perfect opportunity to cut felt on my new Cricut Maker.
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Felt Pin Display Banner Supplies
Important Note — if you’re going to use heat-transfer vinyl on felt, you need to use wool felt and not acrylic craft felt — which might melt under your iron. I love getting my wool felt from Etsy. It looks like my favorite shop has gone out of business (sad!) but there are so many more, including Felt on the Fly and Over the River Felt.
- Gray Felt
- White Felt
- Gray Heat Transfer Vinyl (also called HTV or iron-on)
- Glue gun
- Wooden dowel
- Spray Glue
- SVG (download by clicking the image below)
Cutting Your Felt Pin Display Banner
Start by downloading the cut files (above) and cutting out your two pieces of felt using your Cricut Maker. The Maker cuts felt like butter using the rotary blade. It’s a thing of beauty. The Cricut Explore can cut felt using the regular fine-point blade, but it would often drag on the felt, but the Maker uses the rotary blade and it cuts effortlessly. I used gray and white felt, but you could use whatever colors you desire.
I used my pink fabric grip mat to cut the felt. I’ve also tested it with a normal green mat and it worked as well.
(There is also PDF template so you can trace and hand-cut these pieces!)
I wanted to add a little extra flair to my pin holder, so I cut out a little HTV “#maker” to go on my pin banner as well as a nod to the trip itself. If you are making one for, say, Disney pins, cut out a set of Mickey ears or maybe the word Disney in its iconic font.
Assembling Your Felt Pin Display Banner
Use your iron to adhere the HTV to the top layer of felt. You might want to do a test using a piece of scrap HTV and felt to make sure it doesn’t melt. I put a piece of cotton fabric in between my iron and the HTV and that worked well. I’m very happy with how the HTV adhered to the felt!
Then use spray glue to adhere the white felt on top of the gray felt. You’ll see that I designed the gray piece to be longer so it can wrap around the dowel.
Use your hot glue gun to adhere the felt around the dowel, being careful not to touch the hot glue. I used a thicker felt so it was fine, but if you use a thinner felt, the glue could seep through and burn you if you’re not careful.
The a little twine to your dowel, add your pins, and it’s ready to hang!
I just love the enamel pins we got from Cricut over that weekend. The sewing machine is my favorite, followed closely by the adorable Cricut guy!