I wanted to make some promotional stitch markers, highlighting some of my patterns. Now I’m not a jewlery designer by any stretch of the imagination (I tried for a while…and I still have the nightmares), but I figured this was something even I could manage. As it turns out, I was right. I just LOVE how these turned out! They can be made with any pictures you like, so would be perfect for your favorite photos.

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I started with some puffy, 3/4″ square, epoxy stickers.I had a hard time finding them in any local store, but found them pretty easily on line. For the main part of the stitch marker, I printed out square pictures of my patterns (for the fronts) and square pictures of my logo (for the backs). On this sheet, I fit 80 images, for a total of 40 stitch markers.

epoxy stickers and mini photos printed out

I printed these exactly the same size as the stickers. If I had it to do again, I might print them just slightly bigger to allow for a little overlap. Being sure to line them up carefully, I placed one sticker on top of each picture. This is where having the pictures just a little larger would have really helped. Here you can see I have just the bottom two rows done.

placing a sticker  2 rows of pictures with stickers on them

Next, I cut them out, trimming as closely as I could to the sticker.

cutting out a sticker  a front and back square

For the next step, I used some old craft glue I had lying around. Regular school glue, or any glue that’s good for paper would work. For each front / back pair, I put a small dot of glue on one side. Do this one at a time – if you let the glue sit too long, it can saturate the paper and leave a visible stain. If you have a sponge or brush handy, you may want to brush the glue on instead.

Applying the glue

Using a paper towel (to avoid fingerprints), I placed the pieces together, wiggled them around a bit to distribute the glue evenly, wiped off any excess, lined up the edges nicely, and squeezed till I was sure they were firmly stuck together.

pressing out the extra glue

Then I left them alone to dry for a good 20 minutes while I cleaned up my scraps and took out the materials for the next part. I used rounded pliers, needle nose pliers, silver eye pins, and silver lobster clasps.  I used 12 mm clasps, and they turned out perfect for lighter weight yarns, but may be a bit too small for worsted yarns. I think if I do this again, I will use larger clasps – maybe 15 mm. I also took out my box of miscellaneous beads (we all have one of those, right?).

eye pins and clasps

After much impatience, I finally decided my squares were dry enough (if they weren’t, it worked out anyway). I got out my brand new, handy dandy, 1/16 inch hole punch and got to work punching holes in the top of the squares. I put a pin through each hole after punching it, just to push out any leftover bits stuck in there.

punching a hole  square with hole

I selected a pretty bead, and slid it onto an eye pin. With the round nose pliers, I bent the eye pin at a 90 degree angle, just a short distance from the bottom of the bead (for wiggle room) – like this:

90 degree bend in eye pin

Then I bent it back around, like this, forming sort of a U shape. Note that I left a little space at the bottom of the U – this is about the same length as the distance from the top of the square to the hole I punched in it.  (please excuse the different bead):

making a u shape

I attached the square, then used the round pliers to bend the pin back around, forming a loop, with the end sticking out like this:

attaching the square

Now this next bit was the hardest part. I very slowly, very carefully, twisted that end around the straight part of the eye pin, just under the bead. I used the round nosed pliers for most of it, but the needle nose pliers helped push down the very tip so it wouldn’t snag.

twisting the end

I then opened the top of the eye pin, slid on a lobster clasp, and closed it again. One stitch marker done!

opening the eye

Here are 2 completed sets of 4 each:

Completed sets of stitch markers.


I think they came out pretty well. Don’t you?

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