Friday, 9 September 2016

Felt flower brooch - 50 makes for Christmas 16/50

This is not especially a Christmas make, but I have included it on the list as a suitable Christmas gift.

I found the instructions for this on Pinterest a couple of years ago but I can't find the link any more so it must have been taken down,

This is a good project to use up small scraps as the petals are quite small, you just need to draw around a button, penny or 5p and then cut out the circle, It doesn't matter if it is not a perfect circle a bit of variation adds to the overall look.

I use 5 petals for each flower so you need to cut 15 circles in total.

In addition you will need to cut a couple of leaf shapes, I just cut these free hand. I would suggest cutting a template on a bit of light card if you don't feel confident to just go for it.  I also cut a small heart shape to mount the brooch back on, this is just a little touch I like to add, a small circle would do the job just as well.

Pinch the circle together and put in a couple of stitches to hold the shape.  I use yellow embroidery thread to act as the centre of the flower.

Pinch the next petal add a couple of stitches and attach to first petal, repeat until all 5 petals are attached.  Sew the final one to the first one to create a circle.

Sew a few stitches in the middle, this will help hold it altogether and create a nice yellow centre for the flower.

Sew a brooch back onto  heart shape , locate it towards the top of the shape so that it doesn't flop forward when it is being worn.

Before you sew anything down have a little play around with the position of the leaves and the flowers.  Once you are happy start by attaching the leaves to the heart shape.

Then start sewing on the flowers.

Your brooch is completed and ready to wear.

This is actually a replacement for one I made a couple of years ago, I wear an awful lot of blue and white stripped tops and this works a treat of them.  It looks just as good on the lapel of a coat or the handle of your bag.

I think this could be a nice gift for female sports fans as you could use the colours of the team they support.

And that completes make 16 in my 50 makes for Christmas challenge.

Do you make any Christmas gifts for your friends and family or do you feel that they won't be appreciated?

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