Ramadan Flower Pins {Tutorial}

These Ramadan flower pins were created by my daughter, who is a Brownie Girl Scouts, to trade at an all girl camping event.

She needed them recently when they created SWAPs for their annual Encampment. SWAPs are Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere that are traded during camp.

Last year we rented a button machine and they colored buttons that I then made at home for them to hand out. This year, since they were a year old, we made these flower SWAPs that was a bit more hands on. 

I wanted to share them with you as a possible craft to occupy little hands during Ramadan.


  • 1 1/2 inch Ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Safety Pins
ribbon with wires on both sides

The ribbon you get has to have wires on both sides and is readily available at any craft store:

ribbon 8 1/2 inches long

Cut the ribbon to 8 1/2 inches long.

ribbon cut length-wise

Cut the ribbon length-wise.

Ribbon with end cut

Cut a tiny bit of the fabric on the end with the scissors.

grabbing ribbon wire with pliers

The reason you cut a tiny bit of the fabric off is that it’s easier to grab the wires on the end. While holding both ends of the wire, gather the ribbon to the center.

ribbon wire through safety pin

Place both wires through opening in the back loop of a safety pin. and pull till the fabric is all the way up the safety pin.

ribbon wire twisted around loop

Twist the wire around the loop (sorry this is a bit blurry, it’s a new camera and I’m still trying to figure it out :).

Now you are all done to pin your SWAP on your clothing or to trade with others!


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.