I thought these up one night recently when I was trying to fall asleep. It tends to be the time that my brain stirs up all the side dishes and turns it into a meal. I’d been thinking about a way to spice up one of my blazers, and also that safety pins are looking to become the next big trend following zippers. How could I use the two in a way I haven’t seen before? Make epaulets out of safety pins! Then I got to thinking, what if they just look weird? How can I make them more epaulicious without going overboard? Fringe! And this is what I got.
- 1 Blazer – vintage or new, however you do
- 75 – 100 2″ safety pins
- About half a yard of fringe (I used 3″ fringe)
- Some Fabric Glue or invisible tape
So I started with my blazer and supplies
I began inserting my safety pins parallel to each other along the shoulder of my blazer, with the opening facing the back of the blazer, and making sure to space them as evenly as possible. I quickly began to see that the back end of the safety pin is narrower than the front because of the clasp, so they should not be inserted too close to each other.
Leave your pins open so you may attach the fringe.
Line the fringe up to the pins, and attach by piercing. Once it is attached, you can cut the end of the fringe, and apply a drop or two of fabric glue to stop it from fraying. Then start closing all of the pins.
Once all of your pins are closed, repeat the process on the other shoulder of your blazer. Once that’s done, you’re done!
One could conceivably do fringe in the front and the back of the shoulders, but I like the element of surprise, and just wanted some sass in the back. Buuuut……
Since I had some extra fringe, I wove an extra large pin through top of the strip of fringe, and created a lapel pin, so I had party in the front, and in the back!
What do you think? Like? Dislike? Have any other ideas to add?
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