Sweet Apple Blossom Felt Brooch Tutorial
by Nicola McEachran from ndm handmade
Embroidery is a craft that takes time to master, so a small-scale project like a brooch is the perfect way to start learning or develop your skills. To help you improve your technique while also creating your very own piece of wearable jewellery, embroidery artist Nicola McEachran from NDM Handmade has designed a sweet apple blossom brooch that you can make with just a few pieces of felt, a handful of sequins, some other bits and pieces and a couple of basic embroidery stitches. This is a great project to practise your Straight Stitch and Blanket Stitch, and get you stitching neatly and precisely. By varying the colour of the felt and the sequins, you can make multiple variations too. Enjoy!
You will need:
1 x piece of white felt – 15cm x 7.5cm
1 x piece of green felt – 4cm x 4cm
1 x piece of heavyweight (pelmet) interfacing – 7cm x 7cm
white polyester sewing thread
white embroidery thread
green embroidery thread
6mm sequins – 1 white & 5 green
1 x 25mm brooch pin
printed pdf pattern pieces (click here to download & print the PDF pattern)
(a water-soluble marker is useful for tracing the pattern pieces onto the felt, but not essential.)
STEP 1: Make the back
First, use the pdf pattern pieces to cut out 2 white felt flowers (A), 1 interfacing flower insert (B), 1 green felt centre (C) and 1 piece of white felt to conceal the brooch bar (D) .
Place the interfacing insert (B) on to one of the white felt flowers (A) and stitch them together at the junctions between petals on the interfacing using polyester sewing thread. Keep all your working on top of the interfacing.
Again using the polyester thread, stitch the brooch bar on to the back of the white felt flower/interfacing. Make sure you stitch through both layers so that the interfacing helps to support the brooch bar.
Switching to white embroidery thread, stitch the small piece of white felt (D) over the brooch bar to make a nice neat back to the brooch.
2. Make The Front
Now take the other white felt flower (A) and centre the green felt piece (C) on top. Using green embroidery thread stitch the two pieces together at the junctions between petals on the green centre piece. Keep all your working to the back of the white felt flower.
Continuing with green thread embroider three radiating lines in back stitch on each of the petals of the white flower (A). Change to white embroidery thread and stitch the white sequin in the centre of the green flower.
Using green embroidery thread stitch the green sequins in an overlapping circle arrangement centred on the white sequin. Finish off with a straight stitch of green in the middle of each green petal.
3. To finish your brooch
To make up the brooch, place the back piece and the front piece together with the interfacing sandwiched between the two white flowers and the green flower on top. Stitch the white felt layers together by sewing around the edge in blanket stitch (you only have to stitch through the two layers of white felt, not the interfacing).
Your Apple Blossom Brooch is now ready. Pin to your favourite jacket or cardigan to bring a touch of Spring to even the gloomiest of days!
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