Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A Safe Alternative to Straight Pins

Do you think your child is too small or lacks enough coordination to use straight pins? A few serious pokes from a pin could be enough to make you question safety. It may turn a child off of sewing, too.

If your child understands that by moving his hands without thinking means he may poke himself, that’s good. He is self-aware and will improve at avoiding the pins.

But, if your new sewing super star is always forgetting to watch out for pins and getting poked, he might not be ready to use them.
This does not mean he can’t learn to sew. It just means thinking outside the box, and luckily, there is a safe alternative to using straight pins.

Can you guess what it is? It's hair-clips! They are easy to find at any pharmacy not very expensive.

Simply line up the 2 pieces of felt as you would for straight pins, but slip on hair-clips to hold them together instead.

Hair-clips can easily be moved around the perimeter of the sewing project as needed just like a straight pin! And will be safer for little, inexperienced fingers. 

Happy stitching!


  1. Thanks - I teach a kid's sewing class and this helped so much!

    1. That's great! Glad it was helpful. :-)

  2. What a good idea, Sue! I'd love to sew with my little girl someday so I will remember this! I have fond memories of sewing with my grandma as a young girl :)


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