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How to Make a Felt Flower Brooch


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October 9, 2017

Felt Flower Brooch - finished felt flower brooch in fall colorsThis 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:

  • felt in three colours
  • scissors
  • needle and strong thread
  • strong clear glue
  • brooch pin
  • narrow lace
  • embroidery floss
  • a large colourful button
Felt Flower Brooch - supplies
 
Felt Flower Brooch - supplies
 
Felt Flower Brooch - 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. Felt Flower Brooch - cut three rectangles of felt, one in each color
     
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  3. Cut 2 curved corners off each piece to make a semi circle.
  4. Felt Flower Brooch - cut two corners off in a curve to make a semi circle
     
  5. Cut each semi circle in half.
  6. Felt Flower Brooch - cut each semi circle in half
     
  7. On the curved edge of one of the pieces, make a backstitch to secure your thread.
  8. Felt Flower Brooch - on the curved corner of one piece make a backstitch to secure thread
     
  9. Continue to make a running stitch (gathering stitch) along this edge.
  10. Felt Flower Brooch - make a running stitch along this edge
     
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  11. Take a different coloured piece and continue the running stitch on this second piece.
  12. Felt Flower Brooch - continue the running stitch adding a second color
     
  13. Join all the pieces together in the same manner, alternating the colours as you go.
  14. Felt Flower Brooch - join all of the pieces together alternating colors as you go
     
  15. 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.
  16. Felt Flower Brooch - gently pull the thread to gather the petals and secure with a backstitch
     
  17. 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.
  18. Felt Flower Brooch - make a backstitch in an 8 inch piece of 1/2 inch lace
     
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  19. Make a running (gathering) stitch all along the length.
  20. Felt Flower Brooch - make a running gathering stitch the length of the lace
     
  21. Gather the lace and glue or stitch the ends together.
  22. Felt Flower Brooch - gather the lace and either glue or stitch the ends together
     
  23. Apply glue around the centre of the flower.
  24. Felt Flower Brooch - apply glue around the center of the flower
     
  25. 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.
  26. Felt Flower Brooch - glue down the lace and allow to dry
     
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  27. 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.
  28. Felt Flower Brooch - stitch button to the center using embroidery floss, you can glue too if needed
     
  29. Cut a circle of felt to fit the back, but don't glue it in place yet.
  30. Felt Flower Brooch - cut a circle of felt to fit the back
     
  31. Stitch the brooch pin to the felt circle.
  32. Felt Flower Brooch - stitch the brooch pin to the felt circle
     
  33. Now you can glue it to the back of the flower.
  34. Felt Flower Brooch - glue circle to the back of the brooch
     
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  35. Cut another smaller circle to hide the stitching and glue it in place.
  36. Felt Flower Brooch - cut a smaller piece of felt to hide the stitching and glue in place
     
  37. Be sure that all the glue is completely dry before wearing your brooch.
  38. Felt Flower Brooch - allow glue to completely dry before wearing
     
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