Friday, 19 July 2019

Plant Lady Brooches: Felt Monstera Leaf Brooch Tutorial

Here's the final tutorial in my trio of plant lady projects: an embroidered felt monstera leaf brooch!

Plant Lady Brooches: Felt Monstera Leaf Brooch Tutorial
 Sewing Tutorial: Felt Plant Lady Brooches

These leafy designs would make great gifts for the plant-lovers in your life! You could also leave off the brooch backs and use the designs as patches to sew on your rucksack, jacket, or other items that don’t need regular washing. (Here's the Plant Lady brooch tutorial and here's the Cactus brooch tutorial).

The tutorials originally appeared on the Village Haberdashery's blog and were created using felt and other craft supplies from their shop.

You will need:

- The plant lady brooch templates (follow the link to view and download the PDF template sheet)
- Light pink felt and mid green felt
- Matching sewing thread
- Mid green embroidery thread
- A brooch clasp
- A sewing needle and pins
- Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)

To make a monstera brooch:

1. Use the template provided to cut out a monstera leaf from mid green felt. Place it on a piece of light pink felt and sew it in position with whip stitch and matching mid green sewing thread.

Felt Monstera Leaf Brooch Tutorial: sew the leaf in position

2. Embroider the veins of the leaf, using the photo and/or the drawing on the template as a guide. Use backstitch and three strands of mid green embroidery thread (from the six strands in the skein). Start by sewing the central line down the middle of the leaf then add the other lines.

Felt Monstera Leaf Brooch Tutorial: embroider the leaf

3. Trim the backing felt, leaving a narrow border of felt around the leaf. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of pink felt.

Felt Monstera Leaf Brooch Tutorial: cut out the leaf

4. Turn the backing shape over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

Felt Monstera Leaf Brooch Tutorial: add a brooch clasp

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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