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Felt Flower Brooch

This pretty brooch is easier to make than it looks. Cheap flimsy felt actually works better than the sturdier thicker felts because it will gather up more easily.
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Wait until you have made the flower before choosing the button. Or you can choose something totally different for the centre such as something pretty, rescued from an old broken piece of jewellery.

Of course you can also use this flower for other accessories. It would look lovely on a hair clip, hair band, as a wrist corsage, on a handbag or purse, or to decorate a wrapped gift or a gift bag

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Cut one rectangle of felt in each colour that is twice as long as it is wide. I used pieces 4 inches x 2 inches (10cm x 5cm).
  2. Cut 2 curved corners off each piece to make a semi circle.
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  4. Cut each semi circle in half.
  5. On the curved edge of one of the pieces, make a backstitch to secure your thread.
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  7. Continue to make a running stitch (gathering stitch) along this edge.
  8. Take a different coloured piece and continue the running stitch on this second piece.
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  10. Join all the pieces together in the same manner, alternating the colours as you go.
  11. Gently and slowly pull the thread to gather the felt pieces into petals. Take your time. If you rush and pull too hard you might break the thread. Then secure the thread with a backstitch.
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  13. Cut an 8 inch (20cm) length of narrow lace. Half an inch (1.5cm) is about right for the width, but a wider lace will probably work just fine. Make a backstitch at one end.
  14. Make a running (gathering) stitch all along the length.
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  16. Gather the lace and glue or stitch the ends together.
  17. Apply glue around the centre of the flower.
  18. Place the circle of lace in the centre and allow a short while for the glue to dry a little before going on to the next step.
  19. Choose a button and stitch it to the centre using all six strands of the embroidery floss. You may need to add a little glue too to stop it wobbling around.
  20. Cut a circle of felt to fit the back, but don't glue it in place yet.
  21. Stitch the brooch pin to the felt circle.
  22. Now you can glue it to the back of the flower.
  23. Cut another smaller circle to hide the stitching and glue it in place.
  24. Be sure that all the glue is completely dry before wearing your brooch.

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