Embroidered Felt Brooch Project

on August 31 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 42 Comments

Melissa (from tiny happy and our board) has made some lovely embroidered brooches in past months. Today she shows you how to them too. Pin one on your jacket, give one to a friend… You’ll want to make several.

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From Melissa: I’ve been enjoying making these little pins by hand, late in the evening while listening to music or watching a DVD. You don’t need much to create one, just some scraps of felt, some embroidery thread and a needle. Here I’ve included some guidelines for making a brooch with a hand-embroidered daisy design.

Materials:

  • Small pieces of felt- I like to use a wool-blend variety. I find the thicker the fabric, the better the brooch will wear.
  • Embroidery floss – (to make the daisy design, I used white, golden yellow and leafy green thread on dark grey felt.)
  • Embroidery needle and scissors
  • Brooch back or small safety pin (I buy my brooch pins on etsy.)

1. Cut a circle of felt with a diameter of about 2″. Cut another circle with which to ‘back’ your brooch- you could use the same felt, or a different colour. Here I’ve chosen a slightly oval shape, because I thought it was a better match for my design.

2. Decide on your design: I think it’s best to start with something fairly simple for your first brooch. Also, think about the colour of your felt and which thread colours would stand out well together. My favourite things to embroider are plants, but it’s also quite fun to make a geometric design… Or think of it as a miniature embroidery sampler and try out a few new stitches!

3. If you’d like to make a daisy pin like the one above, here is a rough stitching guide that might help if this is your first time trying ‘free-form’ embroidery. The little loops in my drawing represent the chain stitch I used…
…I started with the yellow centres, and then worked the petals separately, before working the stems and little vine at the top.

Here is a picture of some of my embroidered pins, a couple of geometric designs, a pine branch and some daisies:

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I don’t use patterns or transfers for any of my embroideries, and I encourage you to just start stitching and see where your thread takes you.

For a quick reminder about chain or other embroidery stitches you can print our Pocket Stitch Book, or there are also some good diagrams here.

4. When you’ve finished your embroidery, you might need to trim around the edges of your felt circle, if it’s been stretched out of shape. You can use your backing circle as a guide. Next, place the backing circle over the brooch front and use a small blanket stitch to join them neatly together.

5. Finally, securely sew your brooch back or safety pin to the back of your brooch, making sure it’s lined up the way you want your brooch to sit when worn.

Pin your finished brooch to your coat, bag or cardigan and admire your handiwork!

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42 Responses to Embroidered Felt Brooch Project

  1. lisa geiger says:

    oooohhhh….. great inspiration! i think this is my handmade christmas gift this year! one for every friend…

  2. yvette says:

    I absolutely love these brooches. I’m also wondering how great they would look if I added some small beads in the designs! Awesome!

  3. These are super cute! Can’t wait to make some for the holidays.

  4. missbmckay says:

    These are super cute! Can’t wait to make some for the holidays.

  5. Katrina says:

    What a sweet project! Thanks for this great tutorial.

  6. andrea says:

    these look like they’d make great little gifts!

  7. fert says:

    so intricate! so pretty.

  8. BeckyS says:

    Those are super cute.. and really easy! I need to make a bunch for gifts..

  9. Meg says:

    What a sweet idea! This could be a fun, quick project for younger stitchers, too!

  10. melissa says:

    thank you everyone- for such nice comments! i hope you have fun trying these out. :)

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Pretty pretty! :) This would make a fun little project :)

  12. aparna says:

    I am going to try making them. these are s darn cute!

  13. How cute those are. Great job.

  14. Emily says:

    this is a great idea! thank you!

  15. Krystina says:

    Great gift idea, I’m envisioning one on a little clutch purse… ooo that would be so cute!

  16. Tiina says:

    Really nice idea.

  17. LittleA says:

    Very pretty. I love your embroidery style so much!

  18. Binnie says:

    Thanks for sharing your secrets, Melissa!

  19. Baukje says:

    Lovely!

  20. louana says:

    Beautiful ! they remind me of girl guide or brownie badges, but much more adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Francesca says:

    Beautiful work, as always, and great tutorial, Melissa. Thanks!

  22. Great tutorial and gift idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Debbie

  23. Cindy says:

    What a great idea, I can’t wait to start making lots of these adorable pins!!

  24. HappyCampers says:

    Beautiful. I love the pin with the evergreen branches & little pinecone!

  25. Julia M. in MI says:

    Very Pretty.

  26. Sandra says:

    So AAAdorable! I make these also but a tad differently. I’ll have to show mine on my blog; they are such fun to make and use up the bobs and bits that are too small for larger projects.
    I really enjoy your blog.

  27. jennsquared says:

    I love the pine cone one! Which inspired me for a maple leaf one for autumn!

  28. Tam Bell says:

    WOW!

  29. Nicole says:

    Great idea for a special homemade gift!

  30. PenguitoSmile says:

    This is so creative!!!

  31. Stacy says:

    Those look like a great Christmas gift idea! Thanks!

  32. Christine Treter says:

    Very charming……..love the felt! I am going to make one.

  33. shelle says:

    These would make gifts for teachers. Thank you!

  34. sarah says:

    What a perfect little gift to make.

  35. ani says:

    i’ve definitely got to try this! such a sweet idea.

  36. Sade says:

    These are lovely!

    I need to make some to “renew” my clothing.

  37. Jennwith4 says:

    How cute! I must try these out! Now I need to get to the craft store for felt and pin backs.

  38. Kadybug says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I know someone who would love getting one as a gift!

  39. Margie says:

    So cute!! I can see making these to match all kinds of sweaters & jackets.

  40. Winsome says:

    That is so sweet, and so easy i,ll certainly be making a few.

  41. Ilona says:

    I love these, am up to make some for a [URL=http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/43846]swap on Swap-bot[/URL]! Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. Anne says:

    These are so darn cute – love them!

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