Sick of pinning tiny pieces of numbered paper to your mari to keep track of stitching order? The solution is to craft up some numbered pins.  Map tacks come with great numbered heads, in a variety of sizes and colors, but the shafts of the tacks are too stubby and wide to work for temari.  So follow these instructions to replace the tacks with nice long pin shafts.  

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Materials needed:

                     numbered tacks* 

              *Moore Push-Pin brand work well. The example photos show the small 3/16” sized pins.  Large  1/4” pins also work fine.  One site for online ordering is, but there are others.

                     regular temari pins, ball heads (same number as you have tacks)


                     needle nose pliers

                     second pair of pliers

Select one numbered tack and one temari pin:


Step 1:  Decapitate the map tack.  Grip the tack shaft firmly with a pliers, and twist off the tack head.  Discard the tack shaft.


Step 2:  Remove the ball top from a regular temari pin.  These tops should pull off, but are tougher to remove than the map tacks.  Grip the long pin shaft with a pliers, and use a second pliers to twist and pull off the ball top.  Try to not bend the pin shaft!  Discard the ball top.


Step 3:   Squeeze out a small puddle of super glue onto a scrap paper.


Step 4:   Dip the end of the pin shaft into the super glue. It doesn't take much, just a small dab.


Step 5:  Carefully insert the glued end of the pin shaft into the numbered head.  Hold it for about 30 seconds, at a straight, perpendicular angle.  If possible, when the glue is stable, balance the pin on its face with the shaft pointing up, and leave it to set for at least an hour.  (If balancing it is too frustrating or not possible, gently lay it on its side).


Repeat these steps for your complete set of numbered pins!

Remember, there is not a lot of glue holding the numbered heads onto the new pin shafts.  Handle them gently, and store on a pin cushion for minimal strain on the glue joint when not in use. After some use, a numbered top may separate from its new shaft.  Simply re-glue as before if that occurs.

            Enjoy. And happy Temari!


            Temari Twins

            Jen Weber and Karen Heppen


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