Fabric Brooches.

When I left my workplace, I wanted to give my dear colleagues something handmade as a little thank-you gesture.  Taking financial and time constraints into consideration, I decided to make little fabric brooches.  The materials are relatively inexpensive, and they don’t take too long to make.

>Cut circles of different sizes from various fabrics.  Four to five layers give good results.  Being ‘green’, I used recycled clothing that would have been thrown out otherwise (but of course they were washed and clean).  Choose a button as the centre.

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>With biggest circle at the bottom, gather and layer smaller circles on top, hold in place and stitch down with sewing machine.

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>Add the button.  It hadn’t been sewn on at this point.

There isn’t a specific gathering or folding technique – it’s quite random.  But I think it looks good when you spread the layers out to the side, and make some 3D effect by folding ‘darts’ through them.

>Another brooch to go:

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>I made 45 brooches.  It is quickest to do it factory-style; cutting all circles first, then do all the layering, then stitching, and so on.  Here I did all the coordination of fabric and buttons, so each one was different:

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> Then I did all the folding and stitching in one go:

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 >Then make the back, hand-sewing the brooch pin onto a felt circle.

> And the very boring part of sewing the pin backs to felt, then onto the back of brooches:

 

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> Some finished brooches:

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> Finally, package them!  I used plastic document sleeves, cut to size then stitched with sewing machine.  Fold and cut patterned cardboard and secure with coloured staples.  I added personal messages for each of them.

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Ah, the joy of mass-producing (NOT).

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But it was so worth it to make them for my colleagues and friends!


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