Crafternoon How-To: Easy fabric brooch

Brooches are brilliant!  Need a gift for a female relative?  Get them a brooch!  Want some new vintage costume jewellery?  Brooches are the way to go!  Love scarves. shawls, stoles and beautiful gypsy style skirts?  DRAPE AND DELIGHT WITH BROOCHES A PLENTY!

They are also really quite easy to make.  For Crafternoon Cabaret Club this month one crafting option is fabric brooches and we’re supplying templates for skulls, flowers, hearts and toadstools but really you could do anything.  I would strongly advise having lots of designey bits and pieces knocking around (have crafty mates – POOL YOUR RESOURCES PEOPLE)  just in case you get hit by some serious inspiration midway.  Here’s my how-to for a subtle and sweet toadstool brooch:

Let’s get started!

You will need:

the ingredients
the ingredients
  • Template – I hand drew mine onto thin card
  • White thread (or a colour to match your fabrics)
  • White Felt (again this could be coloured but i went for white for the stem)
  • Details and decorative fabric – for the head and spots!
  • Brooch back

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Step One: Cut!

Using your template cut out two bases from the felt – make sure these are the full outline (stem and head) so your final brooch isn’t too flimsy.  You can also cut out your decorative fabric pieces at this point them chill out with a film while sewing it all together (and a glass of wine maybe… so it doesn’t all start to seem like too much hard work…)

Cut Outs
Cut Outs

Step Two: Start sewing!

Sew the brooch back on first (make sure you sew to the correct piece and side of the felt so that your decorative fabric still matches up so you don’t need to madly trim or reshape later.  Easy way to do this is check by constructing the whole thing together as a test).  NEXT sew the toadstool head fabric neatly into place on your front piece of felt….

sewing sewing wine sewing
sewing sewing wine sewing

Now add your toadstool spots!  You can also add any other decoration – beads, sequins or ribbon at this point


Step Three: Construction Time

Time to put this brooch together.  Sew all the way around the edge with the tiniest stitches you can muster!!

 creativise toadstool brooch

And you’re done!!

Put on, rock out, Happy Crafternoon!

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