There are some gorgeous felt artists around at the moment – I love Lupin‘s birds and cute embroidered badges, and Fibrespace‘s adorable hand-felted flowers. I’m not quite in their league, but as it was my friend’s birthday on Sunday, I thought I’d have a go at making her a simple felt brooch as part of my “buy less, make more” approach. Maybe you’d like to know how I did it?
First of all I measured the button I wanted for the middle of the brooch, then drew a wiggly circle around it. I didn’t want the circles to be too neat because chances are I’d not be able to cut them perfectly neatly and then it’d look a bit odd. But if it’s meant to be a bit wonky then it’s ok… ahem, where was I? Oh, yes, draw some wiggly sort-of concentric circles and cut them out from some sugar paper that miss small had been practising using scissors with.
Then I cut round these on the felt. I sewed the bottom two layers together in a small circle which would be covered by the next layer, but would provide some extra stability. Then sandwiched the next two layers and sewed the stack together. Then I blanket-stitched around the edges with embroidery thread and the help of this tutorial. If I’d been really ahead of the game I’d have done this before sewing the stack together, but hey, this is a learning process, right? A Hattifatteners mug of tea is also a useful aid at this point.
Finished it off with the button and a brooch pin ripped off an old knackered brooch from the supplies tin.
Ta-da! My friend either liked it a lot or is a very good actress. I’m choosing the former…