Monday 10 June 2019

Crafting With Felt Flowers: Felt Brooches Tutorial

Add a pop of colour to any outfit with a felt flower brooch! 

Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial

This week I'm sharing four easy ideas for using the templates from my April Felt Flowers Wreath tutorial, kicking off with some pretty flower brooches.

 Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial

This tutorial was originally designed for The Village Haberdashery's blog, using felt and other craft supplies from their shop.

You will need:

- The flower templates from April's wreath tutorial
- Felt in assorted colours
- Matching sewing thread
- Contrasting or coordinating embroidery thread
- One button per flower
- Brooch clasps
- Sewing needles and pins
- Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (embroidery scissors are great for cutting out detailed felt shapes!)

 Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial

To make the brooches: 

Use the flower templates, mixing and matching shapes to create layered flowers. I used two colours but you could use as many as you like. Top each flower with a small circle cut using template H.

Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial: layer the felt pieces

Sew the layers together with a small X of two stitches, using sewing thread to match the felt (or the buttons you’ll be adding later).

Then use half strands of embroidery thread (so, for six-stranded thread just use three strands) to decorate the flowers. Sew single stitches along the inner petals, starting each stitch from under the central felt circle. Use a contrasting or coordinating colour for this - I used dark pink.

Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial: embroider the flowers

Add a button to the centre of each flower, sewing them securely in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread.

Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial: add a button to each flower

Use the templates to cut a backing circle for each brooch, small enough to fit within the largest flower shape. I cut these from purple felt but any colour will do as it won’t be visible when worn.

Position a brooch clasp just above the centre of each circle, sewing them in place with a double thickness of matching sewing thread.

Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial: prepare the back of the brooches

Place the circles on the backs of the flowers, as shown. Sew them into position with whip stitch and matching sewing thread, sewing into the layers of felt but not through them – so the circles are secured but the stitching isn’t visible at the front of the brooch.

Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial: sew on the brooch backs
 Felt Flower Brooches Tutorial: the finished brooches
This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many 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!

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Linda said...

Adorable brooches. I really enjoy all the free patterns you send out in your newsletter, thanks.

bairozan said...

The colors are summery and yummy and you can embellish your purse or other parts of your clothes, too! I only find it hard to cut even shapes :)

Bugs and Fishes said...

Linda - thank you! Great to hear you've been enjoying the free projects :)

bairozan - yes, these would be perfect for embellishing all kinds of things! I'd recommend cutting very slowly to help keep your shapes more precise xx