Reclaimed Furniture Applique Brooches

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…

Tweed coats from the thrift store to be used in DIY statement brooch craft project using reclaimed furniture applique by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cottonball inspecting the thrift store tweed…

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- furniture applique, 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 furniture applique brooches-to-be.

Upcycling a reclaimed furniture applique from an architectural salvage store into a DIY statement brooch with tweed from thrift store coat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they pretty?

Upcycling a reclaimed furniture applique from an architectural salvage store into a DIY statement brooch with tweed from thrift store coat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Maybe my favorite?

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 my furniture applique brooches look on Kate DiNatale Vintage’s coat!

Creating a statement brooch using upcycled furniture applique from architectural salvage store and vintage tweed coat from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Umm…PERFECTION!

Creating a statement brooch using upcycled furniture applique from architectural salvage store and vintage tweed coat from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s crazy but it WORKS!

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 my furniture applique brooches on my winter fedora!

Creating a statement brooch from a repurposed furniture applique and vintage tweed coat from the thrift store for a hat pin or fedora accessory by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Such a versatile statement brooch!

Want more upcycled jewelry project ideas before you? My entire collection of inspiration is right here, in one handy-dandy post!

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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