Using Feed Sack Fabric or Grain Sack Fabric to Make a Lapel Flower

Using Feed Sack Fabric or Grain Sack Fabric to Make a Lapel Flower

After taking a lengthy break from upcycled 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 a brooch pin or lapel flower, so let’s rectify that right now! And I’m going to use my scraps of grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric to do it!

I came across this adorable idea from Mollie Makes– a brooch pin or lapel flower made from fabric and buttons! And while my inspiration used new materials, I wanted to try it with vintage fabric and vintage buttons! I had plenty of leftover feed sack fabric or grain sack fabric from my Spool Pendants and I ALWAYS have plenty of vintage buttons on handThis post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Swatches of grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric that will be upcycled into brooch pin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Full of pretty possibilities!

Making a Lapel Flower from Feed Sack Fabric

I selected five scraps of vintage fabric and used a can of chick peas to trace out my circles (along with a fabric pencil for tracing).

Tracing circles on vintage fabric or feed sack fabric for making a brooch pin or lapel flower by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to trace!

With vintage fabric circles in hand, I folded one grain sack fabric circle in half (wrong sides together) and then folded it in half again into quarters.

Making brooch pin or flower lapel with feed sack fabric or grain sack fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Lapel flower petals-to-be: First in half…

Cutting out circles of vintage fabric or feed sack fabric for making custom pins or lapel flower by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…then folded into quarters.

Now it was time to break out the needle and thread! I ran a basic running stitch across the raw, curved edge of the vintage fabric (through all layers). Notice that I also left a lengthy tail on both sides of my brooch pin “petal”- that’s important for the finishing step!

Making petals for lapel flower by sewing loose running stitch through folded up vintage fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An easy running stitch along the curved edge…

Contrary to the original inspiration tutorial, I then carefully gathered my lapel flower “petal” before moving on to the next piece of feed sack fabric.

Sewing loose running stitch through feed sack fabric or grain sack fabric to make brooch pin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and then carefully gather your stitches.

I then did the same thing with my next quarter-folded circle- a running stitch and then gathered the grain sack fabric right up next to the first petal of my lapel flower / brooch pin.

Using vintage fabric or grain sack fabric to make brooch pin or lapel flower with simple sewing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One petal at a time…

Simple sewing project to make petals of lapel flower or brooch pin from grain sack fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So easy- just take your time!

Finishing Lapel Flower Made from Grain Sack Fabric

I continued to do the same thing until all five “petals” of my brooch pin or lapel flower were stitched on! And then I carefully tied the tail threads together in a knot.

Custom pins made from feed sack fabric or grain sack fabric that are handmade and lapel flower by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Taking shape nicely…

Now it was time to play with the vintage button center! I had a large collection of vintage buttons that were metal shank buttons. However, they were bold and brassy gold- not nearly shabby chic enough for my feed sack fabric lapel flower / brooch pin.

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 vintage buttons, right? Thankfully, though, I was THRILLED with the result!

Using vintage buttons as center of lapel flower or brooch pin made from vintage fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They look fab!

They were perfect!

First, I used a little glue to attach my vintage button to the center of the lapel 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 brooch pin, grabbing each vintage fabric petal as I went along.

Finishing lapel flower or brooch pin made with feed sack fabric or grain sack fabric with felt backing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done!

As insurance for my button, I then used a curved quilting needle to carefully stitch the vintage button 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!

Scraps of grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric used to make custom pins or brooch pin or lapel flower by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There we go – all done!

A Lapel Flower / Brooch Pin from Feed Sack Fabric and Vintage Buttons

And there you have it- my adorable brooch pin / lapel flower collection made from grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric and vintage buttons that have been painted!

Lapel flower or brooch pin made from grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric with vintage buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they sweet?

How CUTE do these brooches look on a little sweater or top?? A special shout-out to Kate DiNatale Vintage for providing the vintage sweater and mannequin for this photo inside Olde Faithful’s Antique Mall.

How to Make lapel flower or custom pins from grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric and vintage buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little vintage styling goes a long way…

Interested in more upcycled / repurposed sewing projects? Please check out my full collection of ideas here before you go.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Absolutely adorable! I’m picturing this on a denim jacket. Wouldn’t that be cute for spring?

    So glad to see you early this morning at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  2. These are precious, and the fabric choices perfect! Pinned!
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

  3. Barbara Booth says

    I really love them. I think they’re great for a Spring Look. I think I’ll make some extra and pin them to my Drop Cloth Curtains for tie backs. Also love the fact that they’re hand sewn, since my sewing machine needs to go to the fix it shop so isn’t working right now.

  4. It sew pretty and looks easy enough even for me! Loving and pinning!

  5. How beautiful!
    I agree with Stacey- I can see this on denim too- or white!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so glad you are here.

  6. Very cute and a great way to use up small pieces of material! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Your brooch is so pretty, and a great way to use up some of the many scraps in my sewing room.

  8. This is such an adorable idea! Great for using up scrap pieces.

  9. These are so cute! I love how the painted brass buttons turned out. I would love for you to share this at the Friday Favorites link party going on now.
    ~Bonnie
    http://www.oursecondhandhouse.com/2016/03/friday-favorites-week-317.html

  10. Those are the cutest little posy pins! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Have a great weekend.

  11. Hey Sarah ~ love these brooches and the button centers are fabulous!

  12. So cute! I wish I had like seven girls in the family so we could ALL wear them! Thanks for bringing it to our Throwback Thursday Link Party!! 🙂

    Mollie

  13. Wow, these are adorable. I can see them in all different patterns. Very cute on jacket, sweaters and even on the back of my chair sashes when I set a tablescape. Love the buttons. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

  14. meeshiesworld says

    Love this! So clever 🙂

  15. Sarah, Love the flowers! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share

  16. I’m in love with these sweet creations! So springy and charming! Great tutorial too.

  17. Oh I just love these. I quilt and sew a bit and these are just adorable ..I shall put this on my mile-long bucket list 🙂

  18. These are so cute! How talented you are. Found you on #celebrateyourstory

  19. Cute brooch! Looks pretty easy to make too. I could use this in some of my craft projects for embellishments.

  20. What a sweet brooch. Looks pretty easy to make too. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!
    Kim

  21. How cute are those?? Followed you on Twitter! Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty !

  22. These are adorable on this sweater and they would be cute on purses also. I like tying a scarf on my purse but this is way cuter. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story link party and have a Happy Easter!

  23. Lovely flowers.I made different fabric and felt flowers.Please,go to my blog and say Your opinions.Kiss from Serbia,
    Cale

  24. I would never have thought to paint the brassy buttons – you’re so clever!!!! Hmm, there could be some brassy button painting happening at my place. 🙂
    These are so pretty – thank you for sharing your how-to.

  25. Just delightful, Sarah! Pinned and posted on fb 🙂

  26. These are so adorbale and you make them look so simple to make!

  27. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    How very pretty and original! There was a time when our mothers had brooches but they are so beautiful and can be used in a variety of ways. Thanks for the how to.

  28. Adorable broaches and great tutorial! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  29. Aww…what a cute idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  30. These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing at Creative Ways Link Party.

  31. handmade by amalia says

    So lovely! And a beautiful choice of fabrics.
    Amalia
    xo

  32. Beautiful and great for a quick gift. Wondered if you should sew the button to the felt first,then sew the felt to the petals?

  33. Pretty & perfect for spring. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! See you again soon. Have a happy Easter!

  34. I have seen these flower brooches quite a bit for the last couple of years and love the simple technique. I really admire the effect you got from painting the brass buttons! Beautiful 🙂
    Wendy

  35. This is so clever Sarah, I love the flowers! Beautiful and happy!

  36. Love these…I might have to make for my garden club. Or could be a crafts for them To complete. Thanks

  37. So adorable and perfect for Spring! Thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

  38. love these pins so cute thanks for sharing have a happy mother’s day

  39. That’s really pretty! And you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

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