Today I am going to make a flower brooch. Here are some brooches I made some time ago.
I really like making them, basically because I use scraps-cloth scraps, buttons, ribbons, embroidery from old dresses, from Ukay ukay or flea market buys. I also like taking apart old jewelry and adding them to my brooches.
Here’s the first step. To make the flowers, just cut strips about 1” to 2” wide depending on the flowers you want to make. This will take some practice, but the more flowers you make, the better, because then you will have a lot to choose from when designing your brooch.
Fold your strip into three so that the frayed edges are inside.
Twist the end of the folded strip into a triangle, and wrap the strip around the triangle, twisting outward as you go around, to make petals.
This will require some practice but once you get it, you will enjoy making flowers from different kinds of fabric.
Here you have a flower formed from several twists.
Once you have a flower that you like, sew it securely, making sure the flower does not unravel.
Make several flowers using the same method. It would be nice to make some in different sizes. You can also decorate the flowers using pearls or beads.
Look through your notions and find other embellishments you can use for your brooch. I like to use ribbons, buttons, old jewelry that I take apart, embroidery from old dresses, chains, lace, etc.
Gather them together and audition how you would like your brooch to look.
I put some of the flowers and ribbons, laces, and other components together to see how I like it.
If I have a combination I like, I sew it on a piece of felt, making sure to hide the threads from view.
Sew other parts of the brooch together, tweaking it as you go.
Here’s the finished product. If you have one of those brooch pins, sew it to the back.
If not, I just use a safety pin. Of course, if you mean to give this as a gift, you have to cover the back with another piece of felt by using a hot glue gun. There are so many kinds of brooches you can come up with, and it’s really fun to make!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog. She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.
See more crafts at