I have a couple of hats that need something to secure them so they'll stay on my head. I don't have any hatpins, and the vintage ones I've seen are really expensive. After seeing this tutorial, I decided to make one.
You need a long doll needle to use as the pin. I had to buy a whole pack because you can't buy them individually. I also got some black faceted beads and some crimps.
I ended up hot gluing the bead over the eye of the needle because the crimps didn't feel that secure.
After making the first one, I made another shorter one with a bead from a broken necklace I had.
I put an earring back on the end to stop any hatpin-related injuries. I really should get a silver one but, since I don't wear earrings, the gold was all I could find.
This was a quick project and so much cheaper than buying hatpin. I'll post a picture when I actually wear one of them with a hat.