Sunday, 21 July 2019

Felt Fox Brooch Tutorial

UPDATE: this tutorial is now available as a printable sewing pattern from my shops!

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I've just sent out this month's freebie for my pattern newsletter subscribers - a tutorial for sewing a felt fox brooch.

Felt Fox Brooch Cute Woodland Animal Sewing Tutorial

This is another old design that I used to sell in my shop which I'm now sharing as a pattern. I'm really enjoying revisiting these old projects and I hope you guys are enjoying sewing them!

Felt Fox Brooch Cute Woodland Animal Sewing Tutorial
Felt Fox Brooch Cute Woodland Animal Sewing Tutorial

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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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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Plant Lady Brooches: Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

Sew a fun felt cactus brooch with the second of my plant lady brooch tutorials!

Plant Lady Brooches: Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial
Sewing Tutorial: 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. Fancy sewing the set? You'll find the Plant Lady brooch tutorial HERE and the Monstera Leaf brooch tutorial HERE.

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

Plant Lady Brooches: Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

You will need:

- The plant lady brooch templates (follow the link to view and download the PDF template sheet)
- Light and bright pink felt
- Bright and dark green felt
- Matching sewing thread
- Light pink and white embroidery thread
- A brooch clasp
- A sewing needle and pins
- Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
- Optional: an air-erasable marker pen

To make a cactus brooch:

1. Use the templates provided to cut one cactus from bright green felt, one plant pot from light pink felt, and one heart from bright pink felt.

2. One by one, sew the shapes to a backing piece of dark green felt. Use whip stitch and matching thread, taking care to sew the bottom edge of the cactus and the top edge of the plant pot flush with each other.

Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial: sew the felt pieces in position

3. Add the stitched spines to the cactus, sewing lots of single stitches with two strands of white embroidery thread (out of the six strands in the skein).

Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial: embroider the cactus

4. Cut a small flower from bright pink felt. You can carefully cut this freehand, or draw a flower on the felt with an air erasable marker pen and cut it out. Sew the flower in position with three strands of light pink embroidery thread, sewing one stitch along each petal as shown.

Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial: add the flower

5. Trim away the backing felt, leaving a narrow border around the cactus design. Then use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching backing piece from dark green felt.

Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial: cut out the brooch

6. Turn over the backing shape. 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 Cactus 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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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. UPDATE: you can now find the cactus brooch tutorial here and the monstera leaf brooch tutorial here.

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


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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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.


This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many wreaths 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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