Statement Brooches with Wood Medallions and Tweed

Statement Brooches with Wood Medallions and Tweed

For two years now, I’ve had a bag of wood medallions (also known as appliques, those wooden embellishments appear on furniture) just sitting in my craft room. I purchased them at an architectural antiques store in Nashville, TN because they seemed PERFECT for a future project. At the time, I didn’t know what I’d do with them. Until I started envisioning them as statement brooches for a coat or hat…

Architectural Salvage at Preservation Station in Nashville TN

After digging through the box of wood appliques, these were the four I selected.

Wood medallions or appliques for furniture

The bag of wood medallions kept getting pushed back further into the depths of my craft room. But as I pondered different ways to transform them into statement brooches, I was reminded of all the tweed jackets I had gotten on clearance

Tweed Jackets at a thrift store for upcycling clothing

Now I was finally ready to upcycle those wood medallions, and I had a very specific vision in mind!

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Architectural Salvage as DIY Jewelry

First, I needed to pair the right wood medallions with tweed material from my various thrifted sport coats. So, I laid the wood appliques on the tweed to determine the best combinations.

Jewelry making with wood appliques and tweed material

I also gathered some of the cruelty free feathers that I had leftover from my harvest wreath project. I thought they might also pair nicely with the wood appliques and tweed fabric!

As you can see, I also cut out snippets of tweed fabric that were sized slightly larger than each wood medallion, too.

Cruelty free feathers on statement brooches

Next, I used my pinking shears on the snippets of tweed to keep the edges from fraying. Then, I fused the tweed to the wood medallion with fabric glue.

Pinking the edges of tweed material for statement brooches

I was loving how these statement brooches were already looking!

Once the adhesive set, I turned my attention to the feathers- my gorgeous, humanely-collected feathers from Running Bug Farm.

I then used my hot glue gun to bind them to the back of the tweed.

Attaching the cruelty free feathers to the statement brooches

Finally, I needed to convert each one into a statement brooch!

I used 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 my statement brooches.

Attaching a bar pin to the back of statement brooches

Ready to see how my statement brooches turned out?

Statement Brooches with Wood Medallions and Tweed

What started out as a crazy idea turned into something fabulous, at least by my standards!

Upcycling the wood appliques as DIY jewelry

I love how the statement brooches as three distinctive layers of texture, yet they seem cohesive in style.

Jewelry Making with tweed material and furniture appliques

The unique combination of wood, tweed, and feathers really works well against fall and winter coats, don’t you think?

DIY jewelry with a statement brooch

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.

The statement brooches with wood medallions aren’t just for coats, either. Don’t they work perfectly on my trilby hat, too?

Putting a statement brooch on a Trilby hat

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a material from a tweed jacket, then you’ll also love these decorative acorns to use as fall home decor, too!

Decorative acorns from a tweed sport coat

Craft on!

S

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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!

  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. 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.

  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!

  22. Kathy A. says

    Loved finding you on the All Free Holiday crafts site! Great idea. You have got me thinking even further outside the box than I usually do! Thanx!

  23. Each post, I think it’s the best you’ve done. And you just keep creating amazing things. These are so unique, just beautiful and very stylish. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Cheryl!!! I really appreciate that- I’m always worried that “the well will run dry” and while it’s come close to that, I’ve always snapped back. Fingers crossed… 😉

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