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Old 04-17-2009, 04:37 PM
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Exclamation Show your support for the incarcerated...make and wear an "Awareness Pin"

This had been mentioned previously in another forum...a friend of mine wanted to create a pin that could be worn by all who support prison reform and the incarcerated in general.
She has given me the directions on how to make them yourself and for others. It's so simple and can make quite a statement if thousands of us are wearing them.
Considering that 1 in 100 are incarcerated, and 1 in 35 are either incarcerated or on some type of supervision...these pins should become a common sight to see.
Let's hope so. Then when asked "What is that pin for?" we can let our voices be heard.

I bought a spool of white and a spool of black at the craft shop for about $1.00 each (they were on 50% off sale). I bought a package of pins - they were about $2.00. All this made about 50 pins.
This seemed to be the best to use nationally. What we are creating awareness about is that we know someone who is incarcerated or has been incarcerated. Because we know 1/100 people in the US is incarcerated. A new study says 1/35 (or so) is incarcerated or on probation/parole. Time to show others just how many people that means.

How to make the pins:

Supplies:
Use 1/4 inch grosgrain (not satin) ribbon -stands up better
3.5 inches of black ribbon per pin
2.5 inches of white ribbon per pin
1 small brass safety pin
needle & white thread (I used quilting thread because it is stronger)
scissors

Description:
white ribbon is slightly shorter than the black
loop of black ribbon will face rear
loop of white ribbon will face front
this gives the white ribbon a chance to stand out instead of being intertwined in the black

Instructions:
loop black with right side over left
holding at the x - turn over - fullness of the loop with be to rear
stitch from back to front and to the back again at the widest place in the x (horizontal stitch)

loop white ribbon right over left
holding at x - place over the black ribbon where the x's match - fullness of loop to the front
stitch from back to front through both black and white ribbons and to back again
stitch back to front to back again

open small 1/2 or so safety pin - see which side doesn't open - where it clasps is different
close pin and put the side that does not open horizontally against the ribbon and stitch down with about 4 stiches.
tie a double knot to secure both ends of the thread.

trim each ribbon end separately on a slant with the long side to the inside edge and the shorter side to the outside edge
black will be about a 1/4 inch longer than the white.

I'll be making my pins in the coming days and sharing them with friends and family.
Please join us in a show of solidarity for those who have no voice.
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:45 PM
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could you show us a finished product?
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Hmmm... would you be willing to make them and send me some if I pay for the supplies and S&H?
I LOVE the idea of the pins.
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I like this idea. Anyone have a picture of what they end up looking like?
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This had been mentioned previously in another forum...a friend of mine wanted to create a pin that could be worn by all who support prison reform and the incarcerated in general.
She has given me the directions on how to make them yourself and for others. It's so simple and can make quite a statement if thousands of us are wearing them.
Considering that 1 in 100 are incarcerated, and 1 in 35 are either incarcerated or on some type of supervision...these pins should become a common sight to see.
Let's hope so. Then when asked "What is that pin for?" we can let our voices be heard.

I bought a spool of white and a spool of black at the craft shop for about $1.00 each (they were on 50% off sale). I bought a package of pins - they were about $2.00. All this made about 50 pins.
This seemed to be the best to use nationally. What we are creating awareness about is that we know someone who is incarcerated or has been incarcerated. Because we know 1/100 people in the US is incarcerated. A new study says 1/35 (or so) is incarcerated or on probation/parole. Time to show others just how many people that means.

How to make the pins:

Supplies:
Use 1/4 inch grosgrain (not satin) ribbon -stands up better
3.5 inches of black ribbon per pin
2.5 inches of white ribbon per pin
1 small brass safety pin
needle & white thread (I used quilting thread because it is stronger)
scissors

Description:
white ribbon is slightly shorter than the black
loop of black ribbon will face rear
loop of white ribbon will face front
this gives the white ribbon a chance to stand out instead of being intertwined in the black

Instructions:
loop black with right side over left
holding at the x - turn over - fullness of the loop with be to rear
stitch from back to front and to the back again at the widest place in the x (horizontal stitch)

loop white ribbon right over left
holding at x - place over the black ribbon where the x's match - fullness of loop to the front
stitch from back to front through both black and white ribbons and to back again
stitch back to front to back again

open small 1/2 or so safety pin - see which side doesn't open - where it clasps is different
close pin and put the side that does not open horizontally against the ribbon and stitch down with about 4 stiches.
tie a double knot to secure both ends of the thread.

trim each ribbon end separately on a slant with the long side to the inside edge and the shorter side to the outside edge
black will be about a 1/4 inch longer than the white.

I'll be making my pins in the coming days and sharing them with friends and family.
Please join us in a show of solidarity for those who have no voice.
Are you selling any pins?
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I would love to buy 1 if u r selling them

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Please let us know if you're selling them... I'd like to buy one too!
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The instructions are included in this thread so ya'll can make your own....they are not being sold by anyone on site
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Great idea (: I will have to check it out!!

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great idea!
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I am still a inmate in a pre release center i will ask others here aswell to support the awareness pin. It is a grate blessing to see others with the same motives to have a voice for people whom have none. I can only do so much here with the staff on how they treat people here i am a resident not a inmate and they still treat us like we are in a jumpsuit.

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I'd wear it in a heart beat, but I'm not a crafty person, I'd need to see one so I could try and make one!
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I am SO going to get the supplies and will be making these right awy to give to the people who are close to me and my fiance and know the situation that we are in and also to people that I know have loved ones in prison or that are on probation! This is such a fantastic idea and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! THANK YOU!
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I will be glad to try to make one and post pics. If I can make them I would be glad to sell them for donations. We could use the donations for something....to raise awareness?
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The title says it all...i would buy several
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The person who originally posted this hasn't posted in a long time. I don't think it will be possible to get a pin. Sorry.
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Unfortunately, they wouldn't let us wear any form of a pin at RJ Donovan, here in San Diego. We can't even wear plastic hair clips.
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I'm going to try and make some..Is anyone still wanting if I can make them?
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