After taking a lengthy break from jewelry-making projects, I decided it was time for me to delve back into it- hope you don’t mind! I’ve made plenty of bracelets and necklaces…but never brooches or pins, so let’s rectify that right now! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I was perusing Pinterest when I came across this adorable idea from Mollie Makes– a flower brooch made from fabric and buttons! And while my inspiration used new materials, I decided to raid my stash of vintage fabrics and buttons- of course! I had plenty of vintage shank buttons on hand, and for my petal-fabric, I gathered the scraps of old feed / flour sacks that I already had on hand after making my Spool Pendants.
Let’s Make Some Brooches
I selected five fabric scraps and used a can of chick peas to trace out my circles (along with a fabric pencil for tracing).
With circles in hand, I folded one circle in half (wrong sides together) and then folded it in half again.
Now it was time to break out the needle and thread! I ran a basic running stitch across the raw, curved edge of the fabric (through all layers) and contrary to the original inspiration, I then carefully gathered my “petal” before moving on to the next piece of fabric. Notice that I also left a lengthy tail on both sides of my “petal”- that’s important for the finishing step!
I then did the same thing with my next quarter-folded circle- a running stitch and then gathered the fabric.
I continued to do the same thing until all five “petals” were stitched on! And then I carefully tied the tail threads together in a knot.
Now it was time to play with the button center! I originally planned on using some of the gorgeous shank buttons I had purchased at the Country Living Fair a couple of years ago. But, as it turns out, they were a little too big for my flower.
But I did have a big collection of metal shank buttons that were the perfect size! However, they were bold and brassy gold- not nearly shabby chic enough for my little flowers. So…I decided to experiment with a scant amount of craft paint- I mean, the worst that could happen was that I ruined a couple of brass buttons, right? Thankfully, though, I was THRILLED with the result!
They were perfect!
First, I used a little glue to attach my button to the center of the flower. Then, I cut out a small circle of felt, and stitched a pin back to the upper center of my felt circle. I then stitched the felt circle to the back of my flower, grabbing each petal as I went along.
As insurance for my button, I then used a curved quilting needle to carefully stitch the shank to the felt…not the easiest task, but doable! I also made sure I paid attention to the angle of the shank before I stitched on the felt circle…making it easier to grab with the curved needle. This wasn’t a step in the original tutorial, but I just didn’t trust the glue alone!
The Big Reveal
And there you have it- my adorable “vintage-button-and-feed-sack-fabric” flower brooches …accessory perfection for Spring!
How CUTE do these brooches look on a little sweater or top?? Thank you, Kate DiNatale Vintage, for letting me play with your amazing vintage clothing!
Flowers are definitely blooming all around… Happy Spring and Craft On!