DIY Fridge magnets and pushpins

(Be sure to upload your photos from trying this project into the Brassy Apple Projects Flickr group!)

I love taking fabric and using it on other fun crafting projects besides just sewing or what you would typically expect. I have several projects I have done over the last couple of months and thought I would share them with you! So if you - or your kids - are itching for a little DIY project, here's a great one for the whole family!

Fridge magnets and pushpins

step 1: gathering the supplies - you will need largecrafting "bubbles" with one side that is flat. You can use any size you like. Magnets - make sure your magnets are large enough to support the size of your bubbles. If they are too small the finished magnet will slowly slide down your refrigerator when you try to use it to actually hold any papers. Small pushpins with a flat head if possible. Craft glue - I prefer E600 - it's great for many projects, is clear and dries fast too. And then of course your fabrics or patterned scrapbooking type papers if you don't have fabrics on hand. Scissors, and something to trace with - I like using a fabric marker. Fusible interfacing or fusible fleece - optional.

Step 2: Layout your fabrics and place your bubbles
over top moving it around until you find a pattern that you like. Cut around the pattern in a small square and continue with as many fabrics and patterns for the magnets that you want to make. Optional step: Fuse interfacing or fleece to the back of your precut squares on the wrong side of the fabric. This will give the back of your magnets a finished look and keep the fabric from fraying when you cut it and use your magnets.

Step 3: Trace around your bubble and cut out your circle. Repeat with all your cut squares.

Step 4: Using a toothpick, squeeze out some glue and use the toothpick to apply it to the right side of your fabric. Place a nice medium sized glop in the center of the circle. Take your bubble and place it on top of the glue and press firmly and evenly down. The glue will race for the outside edges - be sure to push out any or as many glue bubbles as you can. Set aside to dry and repeat until finished.

Step 5: Using craft or hot glue adhere
your magnets to the back and place them right side up to dry. Remember to use a large enough magnet for the size of your craft bubble.

Step 6: Once dry they can dot your fridge, metal file cabinet, etc. Another great idea is to place them in a small container like an altoids tin, wrap it up with some ribbon and you have a great personalized gift to give away! Enjoy!

Push pins

To make push pins for your bulletin board simple
use the smaller size craft bubbles and follow steps 1 - 4 as outlined above. Then, instead of gluing a magnet to the back glue a flat headed push pin. Set pin side up to dry.

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  1. I love all your tutorials, but this is my favorite project! Probably because about 8 months ago, I did a google search for a fun craft with fabric. It led me to your blog and I've been hooked! Your site is a daily (sometimes 3x+) stop. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and insight. It has definitely been an inspiration!

  2. I love the look of these! I used the covered buttons and added magnets/push pins to the backs, but this look much neater. Thanks!

  3. I made these years ago and still make them sometimes-because I love them :) But I never thought of doing the pushpins! hello!! Great idea :) love love your blog and all you share!

  4. "If they are too small the finished magnet will slowly slide down your refrigerator when you try to use it to actually hold any papers" - This made me laugh because I have had magnets made by manufacturers do that - they should take your advice!

    Love this idea! I think my girls are old enough to try this, too. Thanks for sharing it :)

  5. I'm going to try this project this week! Thanks for the idea. I love your site!

  6. I have made the magnet versions before, but never the push pins. I can't wait to try it!

  7. This is a great tutorial! I've added it to my tumblr so that I can try it myself!

  8. Thanks for the note! I've redirected the link. And thanks for the post -- they are just lovely, and so simple!

  9. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

    Nancy Ward