Craft project: Pin on a happy face (1981)

Note: This article may feature affiliate links to Amazon or other companies, and purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you. Find out more here.

Make a happy face

It’s easy to put on a happy face, a funny face, or any kind of face you fancy with these soft, cuddly cotton creatures! You can pin them on shirts, jackets or beach bags, and they’re sure to make a lot of faces turn in your direction.

What you need

Here’s what you’ll need to make them: An old nylon stocking, balls of cotton, safety pins, a needle, and different-colored sewing thread. Beads or tiny buttons may also be useful.


To make a happy face pin, cut a piece of nylon stocking about 4 inches by 4 inches.

Take some cotton and wrap the piece of stocking around it. Stretch the nylon so that you’ve got a nice round shape. Stitch the stocking ends together in the back, and cut off the extra nylon.

To make the nose, follow the same procedure using a tiny piece of nylon and cotton. Sew the nose to the head.

Use colored thread or beads to sew the eyes and mouth.

Attach the safety pin to the back. Pin one or more of these freaky faces on your clothes or bag, and you, too, can be a kid of a thousand faces!

Patty Borucki of Park Ridge, IL, will have a happy face when she receives her Hot Stuff t-shirt for this happy idea!

If you liked this post, please share it! You can also get our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook & Pinterest, plus see exclusive retro-inspired products in our shop. Thanks for visiting!

More stories you might like

Check out our books!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Because the fun never ends:

Join the fun

Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest vintage stuff!

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.