I'm not very hip on the whole St. Patrick's Day thing, but I'd wear one of these cute pins to avoid getting pinched! Easy idea for your VT ladies or for your kids' teacher.
I used a stencil to trace the shamrock shape (it's about 3 inches tall) onto tissue paper and then cut two shamrock shapes out of scrap wool felt in green. I then blanket stitched around the outside of the shamrock with black DMC floss (2 strands) and left an opening just big enough to stuff it with a touch of fiberfill. Then I finished the blanket stitching and stitched on a bit of black and white ribbon and a green button in the middle of the shamrock. Glue gun (or stitch) a pin back on and you're done. (You can click on the pictrue to view it larger.)
I made a paper backing that included this cute Irish blessing and pinned the shamrock on:
"May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you."
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