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Elegant flower brooch

Flower Brooch - Light and Classy

Wouldn't this brooch make quite a statement - if certainly an unconventional one - on a festive garment? The light and fresh colours, the clearly structured shape ... Summer means wedding season, so if you have been invited, but haven't yet decided on what to wear, consider touching up an existing outfit. This flower brooch will match a lot of styles from an elegant shift dress to a fancy suit. 

Flower brooch

You'll need:

  • White felt (3 mm),
  • a scrap of white organza,
  • white, yellow, orange, pink, and light green craft foam (2 mm),
  • white, yellow, pink, and light green stitching yarn,
  • a brooch pin.

this is how it's done:

Cut out 2 circles of white felt (mine were 4,3 cm and 6 cm in diameter), plus, using a rotary cutter cut 2 mm wide strips of craft foam in several colours.

Sew on foam strips

Stitch the craft foam strips onto the small felt circle in concentric circles.

It's okay for the strip pieces to differ in length. The more consequently the colours alternate within each circle, and between circles as well, the more balanced the patchwork will look. Variation in the colours of the stitching yarns, in particular if the colours of yarn and craft foam differ significantly, will add another layer of diversity.

Where strips are patched together, just let the ends meet and place the first and last stitches, respectively, not too far from the edge.

Here is what the stitches look like on the back side:

Stitches on the backside

Baste the completed inner circle onto the midst of the bigger circle.

Baste circles

The petals will be shaped from white craft foam. In this case, unlike with the coloured circles, the strips ought to be as long as possible. Fold them into loops and attach every loop with 2 stitches to the bottom felt circle, right along the edge of the inner circle.

Stitch on petals

Here again ends will be placed facing each other, this time in the middle between 2 stitches.

The loops should be long enough to protrude just a few millimeters beyond the border of the bottom circle.

Stitching details

The flower is done, now let's take on the leaves.

Cut out the leaves' shape from felt, plus a scrap of organza being somewhat larger all around. Pin the organza onto the felt. The organza layer will add an extra shine to the brooch.

Leaf with organza cutoutSew organza onto felt leaf

Edge stitch with a 2 to 3 mm distance all along the border using running stitches. Fill up the spaces in a second run. Another option would be backstitches, but I think running stitches are easier to handle here. What is really important is to prevent the organza from coming off the seam.

zweite Runde Sew on organza, 2nd round

At last stitch a curved line to convey the impression of two leaves stacked on each other.

Embroidered leaf

Cut off the organza right at the felt border. Rub the edge a few times with your fingers to fray the fabric. Cut off again the extending fibers.

Cut off excess organza

Everything is done except the pin. Unfortunately, due to the layered construction of the brooch, the bottom does not stretch to the width of the pin so we have to buttress it with an extra piece of felt:

Buttress brooch pin

Cut one out and sew it on with some invisible stitches and attach the pin stitching a few times through both end holes. 

That's it - enjoy!

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