Friday, May 8, 2009

Funky Fabric Brooch Tutorial. Perfect for Madre's Day!

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Last week at Indie Sacramento, I taught a mini make and take class. I had so much fun and I think "my students" got a kick out of it too. Being that Mother's day is right around the corner, I thought I would share the tutorial with you as well. Of course these would be perfect to have year round, and you can do so much with these too. Hair pins, embellishments for handbags, gift packaging, fabric jewelry, your pets. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

Ok on with the tutorial.

Strip of fabric. I used a piece that was aprox. 22 inches in length and 3.5 inches wide. Fold in half and iron. Cut each end at an angle.

Button or any type of embellishment
Green Felt. cut into two leaf shapes. (I used my pinking shears)
cut another small piece for a base for the pinback

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Step one.
Thread your needle, tie a knot at one end, and do a loose base stitch, starting at one end (open end) and work your way across to the other end.

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step 3 by you.Once you have reached the other end, the fun part starts. Start pulling on your thread till your fabric strip starts gathering into a spiral shape.

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Pull nice and tight and shape it to a rounded shape. At the 22 inches, you should have about a spiral and a half. Next you are going to tack it in place with a couple of stitches.

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After it is secure, you can add your button or embellishment.

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Next flip it over and sew on your leaves.
Then you will get your base piece, fold in half and cut two slits in the middle. You are doing this so that you can thread your pinback through.

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(sorry for the fuzzy pic)
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Finally, sew in the base and viola, you are done! Another option is you can always glue your embellishments, leaves and pinback. No one will know the difference!

Here are a few examples of how you can switch it up!
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These are so easy and fun to make! But you don't have to take my word for it, check out the faces on these Chicas!

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Hey Look, it's Alexa from The Swell Life
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Thank you ladies for taking the time out of your busy schedules to craft with me!


glorv1 said...

That was a very nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing. Have fun on your ventures and Happy Mother's Day.

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Saw your new piece via Funky Art Queen's comment section, LOVE it, so cute & the colors great! Hugs***Renea

Funky Art Queen said...

I wanna make one! Those are so cute. Thanks for the tutorial.

PLO said...

Lovely! I wish I had seen it before, I will have to make one next year!

Alexa said...

I love my flower. I showed it off to everyone at work!