You've looked at all of the fabric flower brooches that local accessory stores have to offer, and you've even browsed the selection online, but you can't seem to find the perfect fabric flower brooch for that special outfit. Not a problem; you can make your own fabric flower brooch for a hard-to-match outfit. Once you get the hang of it, you can make a fabric flower brooch for every outfit in your closet if you wish.
Punch a scalloped circle from paper with a 2-inch scalloped circle punch.
Trace the scalloped circle once onto a piece of felt and six times onto the fabric with tailor's chalk. Cut all of the scalloped circles out with scissors.
Layer two of the fabric scalloped circles on top of the felt. Line the scallops of the first fabric piece up with the scallops of the felt piece. Position the second fabric piece on top of that with the scallops alternating with the scallops of the first fabric piece. The print of the fabric faces up as you do this. Sew a few tacking stitches in the centre of the assembled piece with a simple back and forth stitch with needle and thread.
Fold the remaining four fabric scallops into quarters with the print side of the fabric inside the fold. Place the four folded pieces on top of the base so that the corners of the folded pieces meet in the centre of the base and the four pieces come together to form a whole scalloped circle. Sew a few tacking stitches at the corner of each piece to hold it to the base.
Sew three 6mm beads on top of the assembled piece where the four corners meet. Open up each folded scallop on the piece as much as you can by sticking your fingers into the folded piece and sew one 6mm bead inside each as close to the centre as possible. The idea is to sew the bead as deeply inside the folded scallops as possible to sort of force them to open to create a fuller flower.
Glue the pin back to the centre of the felt back of the flower with a hot glue gun.
Things you need
- 2-inch scalloped circle paper punch
- Tailor's chalk
- Lightweight fabric, such as cotton quilting fabric
- 7 6mm beads
- Hot glue gun
- Pin back