Felt Flower Brooch Tutorial
Within the last year I’ve realized that I am a beach lover to the extreme and I’ve got a bazillion bikinis to prove it. I seriously had 2, neither of which even fit properly and now I’ve got about 15. After having to wear a wet bathing suit the next day I was so icked out trying to put it on that I was all “that’s never going to happen again!” And one thing led to another and now here we are, me with a full on bathing suit drawer in the dresser! 🙂
Last year I grabbed a fun little tote bag at Target planning on doing something to make it more me. It’s the perfect size for a few bottles of water, my bathing suit and a beach towel as well as some entertainment, like my Kindle. I’ve been toting this sucker around plain jane and that’s so not my style. When I was looking at my huge stash of acrylic felt sheets and dreaming of flowers and the beach it all came together perfectly.
Initially I thought I would stuff my flowers to make them puffy but I had second thoughts about making them plush after I started to get going. I have lots of junk in the trunk of my car and anything puffy seems more likely to get caught up. If you want, you can totally stuff these guys to make them plush, but in the end I’m really happy with what I’ve got going here. And just so you know, this is just the beginning! In my free time I plan to make a lot more flowers so this guy is full on colorfully blooming!
For this project you will need:
- Acrylic felt
- Embroidery floss/needle
- Pin findings (in the jewelry section)
- Free printable PDF flower pattern
- Freezer paper
I pulled out some of my brighter colors to get started, mixing and matching until I was happy with my first 2 to get started. I wound up going pink and orange and mint green and purple.
Print your freebie (click the pic above or the link in the needed materials list).
Trim out your flowers and glue onto the flat (not waxy) side of freezer paper. Iron onto your felt (the waxy side adheres to the felt).
Using sharp scissors trim the flowers out.
For more info on cutting felt, check out this post for how to perfectly cut acrylic felt.
Place your two flowers together with the color you want on top, on top.
Using a variety of colors of floss stitch embellishments on the flowers. Think of mandalas, that is a good way to work toward your design in the center of each posy.
You can use a variety of stitches if you choose to fill out your flower.
Repeat for as many flowers as you have. They can all be completely random and different. How fun is that?!
You can find brooch findings in the jewelry making section of craft, and some big box, stores.
Secure the finding onto the back of the flower by stitching on. Give it several stitches to make sure it stays nice and secure. Unless giving as a gift, you don’t really need to be concerned with how the backside looks anyway.
Two down, a few more to go!
I went ahead and placed 2 of my pins on my tote bag. I’ve got lots of flowers cut and a few colors of floss and some pin findings in a bag for easy crafting when I’m stuck in the car or a waiting room!
With my fave bathing suit, my book and a towel in my tote, I’m totally ready to hit the beach in cute style! 🙂