Friday 2 October 2015

How To: Make a Starry Skies Brooch

Celebrate the beauty of the night sky with this felt brooch!

With the nights drawing in, it's so lovely walking home on a clear, chilly evening and looking up to see the sky full of stars. This starry skies brooch is easy to make and the silver star sequins will add a bit of sparkle to any outfit.

I made this brooch with supplies from docrafts, using felt and sequins left over from tutorials I'd designed for their magazine, Creativity. The tutorial didn't make it into the magazine, so I'm sharing it with you guys instead! Hurrah!

You will need:
- The templates provided at the bottom of this post.
- White and dark blue felt.
- Matching sewing thread.
- Silver star sequins, no larger than 10 mm across (I used the sequins from this embellishments pack). The smaller the sequins you use, the more stars you'll be able to add to your brooch.
- A brooch clasp.
- Sewing needle and pins.
- Sewing scissors and/or embroidery scissors.

To make the brooch: 

1. Use the templates provided to cut out all the felt pieces. Cut one moon and one sky edging from white felt and cut two ovals from dark blue felt. The ovals will become the sky and the back of the brooch. I recommend using embroidery scissors to cut out the white edging – the small sharp blades are perfect for cutting out detailed shapes.

2. Position the moon on one of the blue ovals, as pictured, and sew it in place with whip stitch and white thread.

3. Decorate the rest of the sky with silver star-shaped sequins, sewing each star in place with five stitches of white thread.

4. Turn over the second blue oval. Sew a brooch clasp to the back using a double thickness of matching blue thread.

5. Place the front and back of the brooch together, making a sandwich with the white felt piece between them. Make sure the two blue ovals line up with each other and that they’re neatly framed by the white felt.

6. Hold the pieces together firmly in one hand. Then sew around the ovals using running stitch and matching blue thread, sewing all three layers together.

Click here to view the template sheet, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many brooches as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow the photo if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I love it! Pat x

Ntina said...

I love it! It's so cute! I actually found your blog by accident and I'm happy I did! I'm following you on twitter and on fb!
Ntina @happy girly crafty

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks, Pat!

And thanks for the follows, Ntina :)