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DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial

We are obsessed with Laura Howard‘s latest creation: Plant Lady brooches! Perfect handmade flair to show off your plant lady status or a fabulous gift – Mother’s Day is just around the corner and let’s not forget it! Over to you, Laura…

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial

Add a bit of plant lady style to your outfits with these fun felt brooches! There’s an embroidered “plant lady” badge, a cute cactus and a massive monstera leaf.

These leafy designs would make great gifts for the plant-lovers in your life. You could also leave off the brooch backs and use the designs as patches to sew on your rucksack, jacket, or other items that don’t need regular washing.

Finished sizes:

Monstera – 3.5″ x 2.75″
Plant Lady – 2.25″ round
Cactus 2.75″ x 2″

Tools & Materials to Make Plant Lady Brooches:

How to make a cactus brooch:

Use the templates provided to cut one green cactus from bright green felt, one plant pot from light pink felt, and one heart from bright pink felt.

One by one, sew the shapes to a backing piece of dark green felt. Use whip stitch and matching thread, taking care to sew the bottom edge of the cactus and the top edge of the plant pot flush with each other.

DIY Embroidered Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

Add the stitched spines to the cactus, sewing lots of single stitches with two strands of white embroidery thread (out of the six strands in the skein).

DIY Embroidered Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

Cut a small flower from fuchsia felt. You can carefully cut this freehand, or draw a flower on the felt with an air erasable marker pen and cut it out. Sew the flower in position with three strands of light pink embroidery thread, sewing one stitch along each petal as shown.

DIY Embroidered Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

Trim away the backing felt, leaving a narrow border around the cactus design. Then use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching backing piece from dark green felt.

DIY Embroidered Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

Turn over the backing shape. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

DIY Embroidered Felt Cactus Brooch Tutorial

How to make a Plant Lady brooch:

Trace the brooch design onto a piece of white tissue paper, with a sharp pencil or a fine pen. Roughly cut out the design and sew it to a piece of light pink felt with large tacking stitches.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Embroider the lettering and the outlines of the leaves with backstitch, sewing small stitches as you sew around the curves. Use three strands of dark green embroidery thread (from a skein of six strands) for the lettering, and two strands of mid green thread for the leaves.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Remove the tacking stitches and gently tear away the tissue paper, carefully removing any remaining small pieces of paper with a pin.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Fill in the leaves with two strands of light green embroidery thread, as shown.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Trace the circular brooch shape onto a piece of white tissue paper and cut it out. Position this over your stitching so it’s centred and pin it in place. Cut around the circle then unpin and discard the tissue paper.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Place the felt circle on a piece of bright green felt and whip stitch it in position with matching pink sewing thread.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Trim the green felt, leaving a narrow border around the pink circle. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of bright green felt.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Turn the backing piece over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

How make a monstera leaf brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out a monstera leaf from mid green felt. Place it on a piece of light pink felt and sew it in position with whip stitch and matching mid green sewing thread.

DIY Embroidered Felt Monstera Brooch Tutorial

Embroider the veins of the leaf, using the photo and the drawing on the template as a guide. Use backstitch and three strands of mid-green embroidery thread (from the six strands in the skein). Start by sewing the central line down the middle of the leaf then add the other lines.

DIY Embroidered Felt Monstera Brooch Tutorial

Trim the backing felt, leaving a narrow border of felt around the leaf. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of pink felt.

DIY Embroidered Felt Monstera Brooch Tutorial

Turn the backing shape over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

DIY Embroidered Felt Monstera Brooch Tutorial

Now wear your plant lady brooches with pride or give them as a gift. Yay for plants!

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial

 

Show off your Plant Lady brooches with the hashtag #thevillagehaberdashery so we can see what you make!

DIY Embroidered Felt Plant Lady Brooches Tutorial
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