Monday, 15 July 2019

Plant Lady Brooches: Embroidered Brooch Tutorial

This week I'm sharing three fun felt tutorials for adding a bit of plant lady style to your outfits... starting with this embroidered brooch:

Embroidered Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial
Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorials

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.

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)
- Pink and green felt
- Matching sewing thread
- Light, dark and mid green embroidery thread
- A brooch clasp
- White tissue paper
- A pencil or fine pen
- A sewing needle and pins
- Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)

To make a Plant Lady brooch: 

1. Trace the brooch design onto a piece of white tissue paper, with a sharp pencil or a fine pen. Roughly cut out the design and sew it to a piece of light pink felt with large tacking stitches.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: trace the pattern

2. Embroider the lettering and the outlines of the leaves with backstitch, sewing small stitches as you sew around the curves. Use three strands of dark green embroidery thread (from a skein of six strands) for the lettering, and two strands of mid green thread for the leaves.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: stitch the pattern

3. Remove the tacking stitches and gently tear away the tissue paper, carefully removing any remaining small pieces of paper with a pin.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: remove the tissue paper

4. Fill in the leaves with two strands of light green embroidery thread, as shown.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: embroider the leaves

5. Trace the circular brooch shape onto a piece of white tissue paper and cut it out. Position this over your stitching so it’s centred and pin it in place. Cut around the circle then unpin and discard the tissue paper.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: cut out the design
Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: cut out the design

6. Place the felt circle on a piece of bright green felt and whip stitch it in position with matching pink sewing thread.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: sew it to green backing felt

7. Trim the green felt, leaving a narrow border around the pink circle. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of bright green felt.

Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: cut out the brooch

8. Turn the backing piece 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 Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial: add the brooch clasp


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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Get 25% off in my Sample Sale

There are still a few pieces left in my sample sale, including these lovelies...

Shop my sample sale!

I'll be closing up the sample shop (until next time!) on July 12th, so if you've got your eye on anything now's the time to snap it up.

You can get 25% off the listed prices with the discount code YAY25. 

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

A Year of Wreaths: July Felt Pinwheels Wreath Tutorial

This month’s wreath is inspired by days at the seaside and those colourful spinning pinwheels you buy as a kid to stick triumphantly on top of your sandcastles.

fabric-wrapped wreath decorated with handmade felt pinwheels

The felt versions are super easy to make and would also make fab brooches or gift toppers. They don’t spin like the real thing, but I hope they’ll remind you of lots of happy days at the beach all the same!

This tutorial originally appeared on The Village Haberdashery's blog - visit their shop for lots of crafty goodness! I'm sharing all twelve seasonal wreath tutorials here on my blog as the year progresses.

You will need:

The template sheet (click here to view, download and print the PDF) IMPORTANT: wait until step 4 to cut along the dotted lines on the templates!
A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
Half a metre of Kona cotton in Turquoise (or a fabric of your choice)
Wool blend felt in the following colours: pink, orange, yellow, and green (or four colours of your choice)
Three coordinating buttons – I used some fun pink and white polkadot buttons
Pink sewing thread
Four paper straws
Sewing scissors
Sewing needle and pins
Scissors and sticky tape
A glue gun and glue
A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
Optional: a piece of twine or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath

To make the wreath:

1. Use the template provided to cut out 25 pieces from your chosen fabric for wrapping the wreath base. You may need to cut a few more strips later to finish wrapping the wreath, but it’s better to cut fewer strips to start with than end up wasting fabric!

2. Add the fabric strips to the wreath base one by one, using a glue gun to secure the ends at the back of the wreath. Overlap the fabric strips so there are no gaps where the polystyrene base can show through. For each fabric strip, add a dab or two of hot glue to the back of the wreath then carefully press the fabric into position. If required use the template to cut more fabric strips, adding them until the whole base is covered in fabric.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

wrapping the wreath base with fabric strips

The wreath base will now look something like this:

wreath based wrapped with fabric strips

3. Use the square templates provided to cut out three outer squares from pink felt and one inner square each from yellow, orange and green felt.

cut out the felt pieces for the pinwheels

4. Cut along the dotted lines on the templates, then use the templates to cut the same lines on your felt squares.

cut along the dotted lines on the templates

5. Place each small inner square on top of one of the larger outer squares, lining up the pieces neatly as shown.

arrange the felt pinwheel pieces

6. Carefully fold one of the points of the pinwheel inwards, so the point slightly overlaps the centre of the square. Sew the point in position with one or two small stitches of matching pink sewing thread.

fold in the points of the felt pinwheel

Then repeat this process three more times, folding every other point into the centre and sewing it in place.

fold in the points of the felt pinwheel
fold in the points of the felt pinwheel
fold in the points of the felt pinwheel

7. Add a button to the centre of the pinwheel, stitching it securely with pink sewing thread.

add a button to the centre of the felt pinwheel

Repeat steps 6 and 7 to construct the other two pinwheels. Make sure you fold the same points down on each pinwheel, so they match each other.

felt pinwheels

8. Arrange the pinwheels and paper straws on the wreath, pinning the felt pieces in place. For the central straw to reach across the middle of the wreath you’ll need to extend it slightly – cut a section from another straw and attach it with clear sticky tape. Make sure the extended end is hidden under the felt pinwheel!

paper straw ready to use for the pinwheels
fabric-wrapped wreath decorated with pinwheels made from felt, buttons and paper straws

9. Use a glue gun to very carefully stick the straws and felt shapes in position. Stick the straws first, adding a very small amount to the bottom end of each straw (so the glue won’t be visible) and a larger amount at the top (where the glue will be hidden under the felt). Then glue the pinwheels in place on top.

10. If needed, cut a length of twine or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot, or just hang the wreath directly onto a hook or nail.


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Friday, 21 June 2019

New in My Shop: 3 Fun Felt Brooch Patterns - Sew Teacups, Rainclouds & Tree Stumps

I added three new PDF patterns to my shop yesterday - another bargain pattern bundle!

felt teacup brooch PDF sewing pattern
 felt raincloud weather brooch PDF sewing pattern
 felt tree stump woodland brooch PDF sewing pattern

With this trio of simple step-by-step tutorials you can sew three different felt brooches: little teacups, rainclouds, and tree stumps.

felt teacup brooch PDF sewing pattern
felt raincloud brooch PDF sewing pattern
felt tree stump woodland brooch PDF sewing pattern

There are clear photos and instructions for each step of the process, and different size options for the templates so you can make bigger brooches than mine if you'd like.

I used the medium teacup templates yesterday to sew this floral teacup - isn't it cute?

felt teacup brooch PDF sewing pattern
 felt teacup brooch PDF sewing pattern
 felt teacup brooch PDF sewing pattern
 
These would be so perfect for using up scraps of pretty floral fabric you can't bear to throw away. I've had that scrap of Liberty Tana Lawn in my stash for years and am so glad to have found a use for it! If I still sold handmade items I would definitely be adding this version of my little teacups design to my product range and can't help myself from picturing a whole row of brooches with different floral prints and different colours of embroidered detailing to match the fabrics.

The good news is that this is something you can do if you'd like! When you buy any patterns from my shops (including the bargain bundles) you have my permission to sell items any items you sew from them, as long as you credit me as the designer.

Click here to buy the pattern bundle from my shop - it'll be available to download and print immediately after your payment goes through! For even more of a bargain, shop before June 27th to get this bundle at the launch price.

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felt teacup brooches PDF sewing pattern

3 felt brooch PDF sewing patterns

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Crafting With Felt Flowers: Floral Notecards Tutorial

Felt flowers make great card toppers!

Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial

This week I've been sharing ideas for easy ways to reuse the flower templates from my April wreath tutorial. For the final project of the week: why not make felt flowers to make simple greetings cards?

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial

I used my flowers to decorate small cards, but you could easily use more flowers to decorate larger cards or simply resize the templates to fit. You could also use the templates to cut the flower shapes from coloured paper or card! Just glue all the pieces in place instead of sewing the flowers together.

Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial

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

Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial


You will need:

- The flower templates included in my April wreath tutorial
- Blank cards
- Wool felt in assorted colours
- Matching sewing threads
- Double-sided sticky tape or craft glue
- A fine black pen and a ruler
- Sewing needles and pins
- Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors

To make the cards:

Use the templates to cut out various flower pieces, arranging them on the blank cards to plan your layout. If you’re layering felt pieces, sew them together with running stitch and matching sewing thread. Stick all the felt pieces to the cards using double-sided sticky tape or craft glue. And that's it! Easy peasy, right?

For this design I used templates C, D, G, and H.

Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial - making simple floral cards

To make this flower, use templates B and G, cut two small leaf shapes from green felt, and draw a straight line for the flower stem.

Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial - felt flowers with leaves
 Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial

One large, layered flower looks very striking! Position it towards the top of the card then write your chosen message in the space below it. I used templates B, D, F and H to create the flower.

Felt Flower Notecards Tutorial - add your message


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Friday, 14 June 2019

Crafting With Felt Flowers: Floral Crown Tutorial

Sew a pretty felt flower crown or headband!

Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial

Throughout this week I'm sharing ideas for crafting with felt flowers, and ways to re-use the flower templates from my April Felt Flowers Wreath tutorial. Today I'll show you how to make a floral crown that's perfect for parties, festivals or even weddings.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial

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

Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial

You will need:

- The flower templates from my April wreath tutorial
- Wool felt in assorted colours
- Embroidery thread to match the felt
- 1 metre ribbon
- Sewing needles and pins
- Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out detailed felt shapes!)

To make the floral crown:

Use the flower templates to cut out the flower pieces from felt (see step 1 of the wreath tutorial - I’ve used different colours to make the crown, but you’ll need the same quantities as listed to create seven flowers). Arrange the pieces, as shown.

Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial: cut out the felt pieces

Stitch the flowers with half strands of contrasting embroidery thread (so for six-stranded embroidery thread just use three strands), sewing radiating stitches from the centre of each flower. I stitched nine stitches for each of the larger flowers, and six for the smaller flowers. If you like you can also add some extra stitched details to decorate the flowers, as I did. For extra decoration you could add buttons, beads or sequins to the flower centres.

Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial: decorate the flowers

Cut a metre long piece of ribbon, cutting the ends at an angle to help prevent fraying. Pin the flowers onto the ribbon starting with the largest flowers in the centre then working outwards.

Sew the ribbon to the back of the flowers, using running or whip stitch in matching sewing thread. Remove the pins as you sew and take care to sew into the felt but not through it, so your stitching won’t show at the front of the crown.

Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial: add the flowers to some ribbon
Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial: add the flowers to a piece of ribbon
Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial: pin then sew the flowers to a length of ribbon
Felt Flower Crown Sewing Tutorial


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