This is the design that my friends like the most out of my safety pin jackets, and a few people have told me they'd like an instructable on how to make them. So here we go! A more general set of instructions for a safety pin jacket is available here.

Step 1: You Will Need:

1) Jacket (or whatever you want your design to go on)
2) Sizes 1, 2, and 3 safety pins. (This jacket used around 200 size 1, 4 size 2, and 14 size 3 steel pins)
3) Ruler
4) Light colored pencil or chalk
5) Needle and thread
I'm working on one now and putting beads on the pins as I go. It's going to take a long time, but I think it will be pretty.
I sort of want to do this to my old Moleskin jacket, But as it's a WW2 German Moleskin I'm worried that the safety pins might leave noticeable holes in it, in case I wanted to take them out. :/
I did this on my jacket with copper safety pins a few months ago. Alas, they slowly fell off before I could take a picture. I have a new jacket now, perhaps I'll redo it.
I'm thinking of doing this on my jacket, and threading feathers through the safety pins...bit hard to wash though...
If you crimped the safety pins, they wouldn't come undone.<br/><sup></sup> I found a crimper at walmart for cheap and it works fine.<br/>
Very nice. Sooner or later someone is going to figure out that crafters want colored safety pins. Let's hope sooner. Hmmm. I am envisioning various colored ribbons wound through the pins. Or thread or yarn looped on the pins. OK, this opens doors. Thanks!
Damn cool.
You should enter this in the book contest! I'd vote for it.
I finally got around to do it. Although the wings doesn't look as perfect as yours, my satchel looks much better now. Here's a before and after pic:
Awesome!! Nice job!
nice one.
reely awesome
Beautiful :)
I can't wait to do this. Currently I have a plain hoodie that I decorated by safety pinning a giant UPC symbol that I cut off from the front of an old t-shirt. I love the look of the safety pins all around the edge of the logo. But this is gonna look way better. I'm planning on getting a tattoo soon of a dove with flaming wings in the center of my back, so this will be awesome because it will be my "outside tattoo"
This is sort of spooky, but it's wonderful too!
heyy im on skl holidays atm and saw your instructable and thought yehhhhh lets do that so i went nd bought loadsa pins nd yeh turnd out gd :)
Dude, that looks awesome!!! I'm so glad soomeone finally posted a picture!
looks awesome! I'm inspired to do this on everything....maybe horns on my hat!!!
omg i got to do this to my hoodie
I don't know, the thing is that you wouldn't be able to wash it in the machine, which could be inconvenient for a hoodie if you wear it a lot. That's why I use jackets, you end up wearing them less often. (But I also have about eight of these, so I can rotate.)
if all else fails, Febreze :P
You can also spray vinegar on it, then wash it.
I put my vest through the wash no prob. so it can't be too bad. Oh and I figured out a way to fix the mistake i made before. thanks for the instructables.
Awesome! I was way too chicken to try putting any of mine through the machine. Gotta be careful though, 'cuz unless they say "rust-proof", they probably will. I've actually found a few rusty pins in a fresh package once or twice. I'm dying to see your jacket! Once you fix the design, you have to show me a picture!
I think if they come loose in the washer it would make a huge problem- but you can't wear a dirty jacket so you're no worse off if it rusts while you clean it. Washing clothes by hand is not very hard (I handwash handknits) and if part is very dirty you can put detergent on a (dedicated) toothbrush.
most definitely will. progress will be slowed by school startin tommorrow and i can't do it tonight. first week is the best week though.
This is great! I'm definitely doing this with a bag, IMO it looks much better than in a jacket.
Very nice =)<br/>
Nice! I was thinking of making a black duct tape jacket but I didn't know what I could design it with. Safety pins are an awesome idea! :) And wings are pretty cool. If I end up making it I'll post a picture.
Sweeeeet! I have yet to see what other people are doing with this project.
Those are fantastic! Everyone with wing tats will be so very jealous!
This is soooo cool!
Thank you!
That is too neat! this would be great on a purse or messenger bag! I'll post when I make it.
Another beautiful work of you, although -being a minimalist - I like the looks on the photo in step 3 best an would've stopped there *g*
Well, the stitching part is kinda important too. The pins won't lie flat unless you stitch them, and sewing also helps to keep them from coming unhooked.
Rawk! You're a pearly king!
Thats really cool, i have to make one.
now for the REALLY dedicated....have the pins go through the jacket AND the skin on your back...then you'd be hardcore!
Hardcore and smelly, for you will never be able to change your shirt again! Mwa ha ha ha!
i did little people on a hoodie and a jacket of mine
Beautiful job. Great Instructable!

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