I often purchase old bits of fabric from unfinished quilts, especially yoyo quilts, which are my favorites. All yoyo quilts start the same way: with circles of fabric, hundreds of them! I had a bagful of the cut circles that I had been saving for just the right craft project and today I found it: a fabric flower brooch like the one pictured below:
Look at the beautiful circles of old fabric I had to choose from:
To make this brooch, you will need:
Ten to Fifteen circles of fabric (mine were 3" in diameter)
A felt circle for the back and felt for the leaves
Hot glue and a skewer or chopstick to hold the petals in place while gluing
Once you have your fabric circles cut, get a circle of felt ready for your base. As you can see in the picture below, my base is smaller in diameter than the circles of fabric. It's about 2" in diameter. I used a circle of a felted sweater I made which was nice and sturdy, but you can use store bought felt.
Step 1: Fold a fabric circle in half.
Step 2: Fold the circle in half once again.
Step 3: Apply hot glue to the tip of the fold, then place the glued petal in the center of the felt circle.
Step 4: Using a skewer, chopstick or other implement, press down in the center of the petal to make sure it sticks down well.
Step 5: Keep adding more petals working from the inside towards the outside of the felt circle. Be sure to fill in areas that seem less full so that the blossom has a full look all over.
Step 6: If some of the petals stick out too far, you can give them a trim with scissors when you are finished adding petals for an even look.
Step 7: Add your leaves and a pin to the back. I just use hot glue for the pin, or sometimes sew it on before I start gluing the petals to the base.
My leaves were also from a resale shop wool sweater that I felted and cut up.
After my first version was finished, I decided to try pinking shears on my fabric and liked it much better. Can you see the difference (below):