Felt is a flexible fabric, ideal in craft projects from children's toys to jewellery. Make a felt fabric brooch using simple craft store finds. Whether you make your brooch in a specific shape or pattern or simply create a freeform design, your brooch is sure to brighten up any outfit. Make several and give them as gifts during your next holiday celebration.
Cut your brooch base. This should be a circle of felt that you will use to build the rest of your brooch. Make it as small or as large as you like, depending on the size you want for your finished brooch. Sew a pin backing onto this piece of felt and set it aside for later.
Cut a brooch shape. Use your brooch base as a guide to cut the same shape from another piece of felt. You can use the same colour as your base, or make it in a complementary colour for a more diverse look.
Use a needle and embroidery floss to stitch a design onto the front of your brooch (the felt shape without a pin backing). Embroider flowers, spirals or star shapes. Trace your design with a pencil or fabric crayon first for specific stitching, or freestyle stitch if you want to express your creativity and just see where it goes.
Use a blanket stitch to sew the brooch front onto the brooch back. This will hide the back side of your embroidery and also add a stiffer feel to your finished brooch. You could even add a smaller cardboard cutout in between the two pieces of felt to make it sturdier, or put interfacing onto the back side of the front piece before sewing it to the back piece.
Pin your brooch onto your sweater, purse or coat to display your new jewellery design.
Things you need
- Embroidery thread
- Pin back