Making a Brooch Pin with Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric

Making a Brooch Pin with Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric

For two years now, I’ve had a bag of wood appliques (those wooden embellishments that furniture makers put on chairs and armoires, etc.) 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, but then I wondered if I could upcycle them into jewelry – specifically a brooch pin.

Wood appliques at a store that sells architectural antiques in Nashville TN that is called Preservation Station

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

Wood appliques and furniture applique from a store that sells architectural antiques

The bag of wood appliques kept getting pushed back further into the depths of my craft room. And then, a crazy idea began to form. What if I paired them with tweed fabric that I had leftover from my tweed projects?

Tweed fabric and tweed coat from a thrift store for upcycling ideas and repurposed projects

And combine the wood medallion with a tweed coat to make a unique brooch/statement brooch. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Turning Architectural Antiques / Wood Appliques into DIY Jewelry

First, I needed to pair the right furniture applique with tweed fabric (sourced from a tweed coat that I bought at the thrift store). Then, I laid the wood appliques on the tweed to determine the best combinations.

Pairing up the wood appliques with tweed fabric for brooches and jewelry

I also gathered some of the humane 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.

Humanely sourced feathers or humane feathers to use with wood medallion and tweed fabric

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

Attaching a furniture applique or wood medallion to tweed fabric with fabric glue

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.

Humane feathers that have been hot glued to the back of a wood brooch with tweed fabric

After playing around with different combinations (I have a LOT of tweed and a LOT of feathers), I ended up with these.

Making a brooch pin with wood appliques and a tweed coat to wear on a coat or hat

Finally, I needed to convert each one into an actual brooch pin!

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 wood appliques and tweed fabric.

Attaching a bar pin to the back of a brooch pin that is made from a wood medallion and a tweed coat

Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric for Brooches and Pins

Are you still with me? Do you feel like the idea is less crazy now? Because here’s how my brooch pin idea turned out!

Brooch pin that is made from wood appliques and tweed fabric and humane feathers

Isn’t that great? The furniture applique, tweed coat, and humane feathers work perfectly together!

Upcycling idea for brooch pin with a furniture applique and tweed fabric from a tweed coat

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 brooch pins made with wood appliques aren’t just for coats, either. Don’t they work perfectly on my trilby hat?

Adding a brooch pin or wood brooch to a trilby hat

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

Acorn decor for fall home decor by upcycling a mens tweed jacket and wooden salad bowls from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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:

    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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