This pumpkin beaded safety pin pattern is a fun one to do! You will need to use size 2 safety pins for this one, to fit on 13 beads.
If you have never made beaded safety pins before, they are fun and easy to make. I do recommend that you read my mini article in the Tips and Techniques section first though. It will save you some time and gives some great pointers.
Once you know how to make one pin, you will be hooked! Have fun thinking of up new designs! If you would like to see the other free patterns on this site check out Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, and Christmas.
1. Start your pumpkin beaded safety pin by following the bead pattern shown below right. Each column on the pattern represents one of the size 2 safety pins, with white, orange, or black beads threaded on it. Begin with the color on the top of the pattern, and thread that bead on the safety pin first. You may find some beads have an opening that is too small for the pin, but most should fit. When you are finished loading the beads, close each pin. Continue with each pin, following the pattern. Below the pattern photo is a text version of the pattern in case you cannot see the photo.
Text Version of Pattern:
Pins are going left to right; the bead order is the top bead first and moving down, the same way you would thread it on to the pin.
Pin 1: 13 white
Pin 2: 4 white, 6 orange, 3 white
Pin 3: 3 white, 8 orange, 2 white
Pin 4: 2 white, 2 orange, 1 black, 3 orange, 1 black, 3 orange, 1 white
Pin 5: 2 white, 1 orange, 2 black, 4 orange, 1 black, 2 orange, 1 white
Pin 6: 2 white, 2 orange, 1 black, 1 orange, 1 black, 2 orange, 2 black, 1 orange, 1 white
Pin 7: 2 green, 4 orange, 2 black, 1 orange, 2 black, 1 orange, 1 white
Pin 8: 2 white, 2 orange, 1 black, 1 orange, 1 black, 2 orange, 2 black, 1 orange, 1 white
Pin 9: 2 white, 1 orange, 2 black, 4 orange, 1 black, 2 orange, 1 white
Pin 10: 2 white, 2 orange, 1 black, 3 orange, 1 black, 3 orange, 1 white
Pin 11: 3 white, 8 orange, 2 white
Pin 12: 4 white, 6 orange, 3 white
Pin 13: 13 white
2. Take your large safety pin, and open it. Using a flat head screwdriver, wedge the flat head in between the safety pin loop at the bottom of the pin. Once inserted, twist the screwdriver to pry the loop open a little, as shown. The goal is to be able to have enough room to allow each #2 safety pin to be threaded through this loop to the other side.
3. Thread each #2 safety pin's loop onto the big safety pin. Thread it around the large pin's loop to get it onto the other side of the pin. This way, when you wear the pin, none of the pins will slide off. This is a little harder than it looks. You may need to experiment with the #2 safety pin orientation at first, but once you get the hang of it you will be putting on the safety pins in the right direction and order easily. When you are all done, use some pliers to scrunch down the big safety pin's loop tight again. You are all ready to wear your pumpkin beaded safety pin!