Craft Stash Flower Brooches

Craft Stash Flower Brooches

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.

Vintage feed and flour sack fabric scraps for repurpose upcycle /

Full of pretty possibilities!

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).

Tracing circles on vintage feed and flour sack fabric scraps /

Ready to trace!

Tracing circles on vintage feed and flour sack fabric scraps /

Circles in hand…

With circles in hand, I folded one circle in half (wrong sides together) and then folded it in half again.

Creating flower petals from vintage fabric scraps /


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!

Creating flower brooches from vintage fabric scraps /

Easy stitchin’

I then did the same thing with my next quarter-folded circle- a running stitch and then gathered the fabric.

DIY flower brooches from repurposed vintage feed sack fabric and old buttons /

Next petal, please!

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.

DIY flower brooches for Spring using fabric scraps and vintage brass buttons /

It’s starting to take shape!

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!

Adding paint to vintage brass buttons for repurpse and upcycle projects by Sadie Seasongoods /

Who’d a thunk it?

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.

Creating flower pins brooches using repurposed vintage fabric and buttons by Sadie Seasongoods /

Almost done!

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!

Creating DIY flower brooches with vintage feed sack fabric and old shank buttons by Sadie Seasongoods /


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!

DIY flower brooch craft project with vintage fabric and buttons by Sadie Seasongoods /

Flowers are definitely blooming all around… Happy Spring and Craft On!


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  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.

  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!! 🙂


  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!

  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,

  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.

  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 🙂

  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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