Monday, May 9, 2011

Made on Mondays - Felt Flower Pin/Brooch tutorial

Happy Monday Everyone! We were really busy this weekend so we missed posting on Friday and Saturday, but we're back today with a tutorial on how we make our felt flower pins/brooches. They are super simple to make and we hope y'all enjoy this tutorial! :) Beth originally learned how to make them through a Jones Design Company tutorial and we tweaked the pattern a little and came up with our own version of the flower pin using felt and a few different techniques.

Felt Flower Pin/Brooch

Materials Needed:

felt (we use felt squares from Joann's, but you can get felt cut by the yard as well)
hot glue gun
hot glue
scissors (regular fabric ones and pinking shears)
marker and/or chalk
pin backs
stencils

Step 1
Choose your felt colors and get cutting. We make multi-color and solid color pins, and most have contrasting backs on them that cover the pin. (Don't forget to plug your hot glue gun in so it's ready to go when you're done cutting!!)

We made a little stencil of a flower and a circle and we use those to trace out the designs for every pin that we make. You can use cardboard, cardstock, plastic, really anything that is tough.

(Note: if you use cardboard or cardstock it starts to get smaller and smaller as you trace and the edges wear down; so we used some plastic sheets that my grandma had given us for our stencils. We're not sure if you can buy these anymore, but we are researching it and will post about it if we find anything similar!)UPDATE - We found it at Amazon!
Quilter's Plastic Template-12x12 3/Pkg

After you've cut out all your petals SAVE YOUR SCRAPS of felt!! :) We'll use those in Step 5!!

Step 2
Lay your circle out and grab a flower.

Fold it in half lengthwise,

and then in half again so it makes a little triangle.

Put hot glue on one side, and place it down onto your circle so it looks like a slice of pizza or a trivial pursuit pie! :)


Our circles are big enough to put four petals on each one. Just try to make sure the pointed ends are in the center of the circle and you'll end up with something like this.


Step 3
For your next 3 petals, fold them in half lengthwise,
and then in half again so it makes a triangle again.

This time however, you'll want to snip off the pointed end so it's flat. This makes it easier for them to fit on top of the other four petals you've already glued down.

Attach the 3 petals to the center of the circle.





Step 4
After you've got your petals on the flower and the glue has cooled; flip the flower over and place a strip of hot glue on the back of it. Place your pin back on top of the glue and press hard to get the glue to come up through the holes in the pin back. Be careful, because the glue is HOT!!



Step 5
Remember those scraps you saved from Step 1? Grab them! :) Cut a small square with your pinking shears in an alternating color or print or you can make it the same color as your circle. Place a small amount of hot glue on either side of the pin back (go ahead and open the pin back before you do the glue; it's easier to get the square on!!) on your circle and lay the square on top of the open pin back and press down hard again. Now the ugly pin back and all that hot glue is covered up with a cute scrap square of felt!



And that's it! You've got a cute felt flower pin ready to wear on your hat, tote bag, purse, scarf, etc. :)



They are so versatile and can be made many different ways and in many different sizes!! :) We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! (As always though, you can buy them in our shop too!)

We'll be back with more later on! Have a great day!!

We're linking up at:


UndertheTableandDreaming


Get Your Craft On Tuesday


Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom




Somewhat Simple

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4 comments:

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

so pretty!!! i love all the different patterns you used, makes it so cute :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again this week :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Your flowers are cute and so fun! So many possibilities. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie Lynn
http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/05/last-weeks-showcase-features-and.html

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

These are lovely. I could see a grouping of 3 in different sizes on a girls headband too. . . maybe in pink & lime green?

ratty daddy dinkdum said...

Thanks so much for ALL of your sweet comments! We really appreciate the feedback and you taking the time to let us know that you like our flower pins.

Rebecca and Stephanie Lynn--We'll be linking up with you again soon! Be looking for us!

Jenn--Thanks for the idea about the headbands. That's something we will definitely have to try!

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