Salvage Couture: Reclaimed Furniture Applique Brooches

Salvage Couture: Reclaimed Furniture Applique Brooches

After reading the title of this post, you may be shaking your head…Does it really say Furniture Applique Brooches? And that’s ok- I know it sounds completely ridiculous! But if you bear with me for a few more paragraphs, I think I might convince you that the end result is pretty fantastic.

So, here’s how I got to this crazy idea: For two years now, I’ve had a bag of salvaged furniture appliques (those wooden embellishments that furniture makers put on chairs and armoires, etc.) just sitting in my craft room. I purchased them from Preservation Station in Nashville simply because I was high on architectural salvage and these were the only bits I could afford in the store!

Vintage salvaged wood furniture applique to be repurposed into a wearable brooch by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Old furniture appliques…ready to be repurposed!

The bag of wooden bits kept getting pushed back further into the depths of my craft room. And then, a crazy idea began to form. What if I took some of my wool tweed scraps from my DIY coasters project…

Vintage salvaged furniture applique with thrift store tweed coats to repurpose into a brooch by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These look nice together…

Plus the leftover feathers from my autumn wreath project…

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yup…I’m digging this combo.

And combine all three elements- wood, wool, and feather- into a statement brooch for an autumn/winter coat?? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Of course, the question then became- can I take the gorgeous image in my head and create it with my hands?? So, I assembled all my goodies…and started by using my pinking shears on the tweed scraps, cutting out a backing for each furniture applique. Then, I fused the tweed to the applique with fabric glue.

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s DIY!

Once the adhesive set, I turned my attention to the feathers- my gorgeous, humanely-collected feathers from Running Bug Farm. I used my hot glue gun to bind them to the back of the tweed.

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming together nicely…

After playing around with different combinations (I have a LOT of tweed and a LOT of feathers), I ended up with three applique brooches-to-be.

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they pretty?

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Gorgeous!

Now to finish them up! I decided to use scraps of leftover felt as the backing, and stitched bar pins to each circle/oval of felt. Then, I used my fabric glue to adhere the felt to the back of each brooch.

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing touches…

Ok.

Are you still with me? Do you feel like the idea is less crazy now? Because here’s how they look on Kate DiNatale Vintage’s coat!

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

SO GOOD!!

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Seriously, who would have thought? Well, me, I guess!

Not entirely crazy after all…in fact, they’re pretty awesome (in my not-humble-at-all opinion)! A statement brooch without sparkle…who would have thought it was possible? Warm and cozy and a conversation piece, all in one.

UPDATE- check out the brooches on my winter fedora!

Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Craft on!

S

PIN ME!Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I give handmade gifts to my husband’s three aunts each year. I’ve been stumped as to what to give them this year. But not any more! These brooches are perfect. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party.

  2. What a cool idea! Never would’ve thought of that but it’s amazing the unconventional items one can use to craft and create. Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

  3. These are so pretty! What a great repurposing idea. I have to admit this is something I wouldn’t have ever thought to do.

  4. chris aka monkey says:

    sarah, I would love to spend the day picking your awesome brain….. these are gorgeous xx

  5. I loooove it! I love hair accessories so I would probably put it on a clip or headband instead. Pinning the share!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Oh yeah, these would work perfectly on a hair clip or headband. I’d love to find a vintage fedora and pin a brooch to it, too…but I can never find a fedora that fits my head!

  6. I really like these! I did something similar with scrap fabric and buttons once. I had a puffer jacket that got a hole in the collar. It needed to be covered up so I made a 3D patch out of some herringbone fabric and stacked and staggered buttons. It’s long gone and i wish I had a picture! There are bits and pieces floating around in my work space that would work perfectly for this!

  7. Wow! Beauties!

  8. JaneEllen says:

    What an incredibly ingenious idea, awesome and gorgeous. Can hardly wait to go digging for parts to make at least 2 or 3. Would be pretty on scarf also don’t you think?
    I get most of my feathers from our chickens who seem to lose feathers regularly. Can’t seem to resist picking up feathers in yard, especially when chickens moult.
    These would make great gifts for holidays. See what you started? How exciting, so glad you shared this. Better get myself back to thrift store for guys sports jackets.
    Have wonderful weekend.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, JaneEllen- and YES, I can totally see these on a scarf. Check out the new photo I just added to the end of the post…they look awfully nice on hats, too. 🙂

  9. What a clever idea, honestly, what will you think of next!!

  10. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party

  11. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty .We would love to see you again next week.

  12. So pretty!!

  13. Very attractive! I like the one on the gold coat the best, but they are all very nice. And they’re unique too, with the feathers & tweed. You ought to sell those in your Etsy shop! I would love to find some furniture medallions sometime.

  14. acraftymix says:

    Brilliant Sarah, they look amazing. The feathers and the tweed are a perfect backdrop for the medallions. I’m sure you’ll be wearing these all year 😉

  15. What a beautiful brooche! I would have never thought to use those pieces that way!

  16. You are so creative. Your brooches are lovely. Thank you for sharing them with us at Vintage Charm.

  17. What a smart idea

  18. Some of the most unique accessories I’ve seen in a long time. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  19. Sarah, you’re amazingly creative!! These brooches using tweed and furniture appliques are beautiful!!

  20. Wow…so pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  21. I love the retro look! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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