Monday, 6 October 2014

How To: Felt Dahlia Brooches

Today I'm sharing a free tutorial for making felt flower brooches...


... regular readers might remember these flowers as I used to sell them in my shop. Now I no longer sell these I thought it would be nice to share the pattern with you guys :)

I've always thought of these as dahlias but really this design is just a simple beaded felt flower design that you can make in any colours you fancy.


The flowers make lovely brooches but they also make great headbands! Just sew on an elastic headband instead of adding a brooch clasp.

 

You will need:

- Felt in your chosen colour
- Black felt
- Matching sewing threads
- Seed beads (I used sparkly silver beads for my flowers)
- A brooch clasp (or elastic headband)
- Embroidery scissors (these are perfect for cutting out neat shapes from felt)
- The templates at the bottom of this post

To make each flower:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out one small flower piece and two large flower pieces.

2. Arrange the flower pieces on a backing piece of black felt, as pictured. Use matching sewing thread and running stitch to sew along the centre of each petal.


When I sew these I like to sew the final stitch of each line over the end point of the petal to hold it securely in place but doing this means you have to be very careful when cutting out the flower later, so you avoid accidentally snipping your stitches. If you're worried about this, finish each line of stitching before you reach the end of the petals.

After you stitch along each petal, take your thread back to the middle of the flower and start again so you're not carrying your thread across where you'll be cutting later. The back of your work will look something like this:


3. Carefully cut out the flower, leaving a narrow border of black felt around it.

 

4. Add a cluster of seed beads to the centre of the flower. If you're using silver beads like I did, use thread to match the felt. If you're using coloured beads use thread to match the beads.


Sew the beads flat like an O with three or four stitches holding each bead in place. Start by sewing one bead in the centre of the flower then sewing more beads around the edge. When you've finished your flower will look like this:


For an extra-sparkly flower just add another ring of beads!

5. Using your flower as a template, cut out a matching piece of black felt. This will be the back of your flower.


6. Turn the back piece over and use a double thickness of black thread to sew on a brooch clasp.


7. Then place the front and back of your brooch together. Sew them together with black thread and running stitch, sewing flush with the edge of the petals. Finish your stitching neatly at the back.


And you're done :)

These are such fun to sew - make them in lots of different colours for your friends and family this Christmas!


To make a headband instead of a brooch, follow steps 1-5 then sew an elastic headband to the "wrong" side of your stitched flower with whip stitches (sewing into the felt but not through it). Then place the front and back of the flower together and sew around the edges with running stitch or whip stitch with more black thread.

Click here to view the template sheet in a new window or tab. Make sure you're viewing it full size, then print at 100%.


This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many flower brooches as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial / share my templates on your site. Thanks!

Fancy more floral craft projects? Make large felt flower brooches or pretty felt flower headbands, or stitch a flower embroidery pattern

5 comments:

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

These are adorable. I have a friend who would love some of them as a little gift from me.

Mie Christensen said...

Beautiful flowers! I'll have to try making some.

BugsandFishes said...

Hope you have fun making your flowers! :)

Maureen Hughes said...

Just got your post today and it is something I have been searching for for days! I will be making the poinsettias into tree decs for my family. Many thanks . I love your designs.

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks for your comment, Maureen! It's lovely to know you'll be making some of the poinsettias :)

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