Thrifty Thursday: Felt Flower Brooch

August 13, 2009 at 11:20 am | Posted in Thrifty Thursday | Leave a comment
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Felt is one of the most economical fabric choices you can find. I purchase Eco-Fi felt (made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic) at Ben Franklin Crafts for $0.33 regular price, or $0.25 on sale. It’s amazing how many things we’ve created in our home using felt. My favorite thing to make are felt flower brooches and hair clips. I sell them in my Etsy shop, which is still on vacation mode as we move to the Big Island. Today I’ll show you how to make a very easy flower brooch. Minimal supplies and sewing skills are needed!

step 1MATERIALS

 

  • felt, in the color of your choice
  • scissors
  • pin-back
  • needle
  • coordinating thread
  • small piece of cardstock or thick paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

step 2

 

 

STEP 1: Make pattern for petals on cardstock and cut out. It can be as big or as small as you want, depending on the desired size of the finished brooch. I made mine about the size of a half-dollar. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

 

step 3

 

 

STEP 2: Use the pattern to trace and cut out felt shapes. I made five for my brooch.

 

 

photo-2

 

 

STEP 3: Use a running stitch through the bottom of each petal as shown. I used contrasting thread so you can see the stitching. After running through all four petals, pull tight to gather.

 

 

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STEP 4: Add on additional felt shapes, continuing the running stitch as you go. After adding on the last shape, run a stitch through the base of the flower bunch and knot to secure. Secure the pin-back to the underside of the flower using needle and thread or hot glue.

 

 

***I apologize for the poor quality of these photos. My camera is missing! I used my iPhone camera as a substitute.***

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