- Little bits of ribbon, lace or fabric
- Buttons, bits of old jewellery etc
- Embroidery thread
Plus for the brooch version -
- Some sort of iron on interfacing or bond-a-web
- A brooch back or safety pin
- A little bit of wadding
- An extra length of ribbon
- A split ring (or other keyring thing of your choice)
For the brooches I cut a piece of Bond-a-web in the heart shape too.
When everything was stitched in place like in the photo above, I turned the felt face down, tucked the ribbon ends in, placed the bond-a-web on top then placed the second felt heart on top.
Sadly I missed photographing this stage but basically you are making a bond-a-web or interfacing sandwich with the ribbon and lace ends tucked in.
Give it a quick press with the iron to seal it all together.
Ironing felt is horrible, it goes all floppy and a bit fluffy. Don't panic, just let it cool then trim any untoward bits. As it cools it should have a bit more body to it. If you want a really firm brooch just use a thicker interfacing.
It should look something like this. That lovely silver coloured charm was from an old broken necklace, I've been looking for something to use it on for ages!
Then just blanket stitch, or over sew if you prefer, all round the edge, again with 2 strands of embroidery thread.
Stitch a safety pin or brooch back on the back and you're done.
To make the key ring I started exactly the same, arranging an assortment of bits and pieces onto the felt heart.
I came across the little cross stitch heart in my sewing box, I must have made it ages ago as I don't even remember! It came in just right for this.
Stitch everything in place then miss the bond-a-web stage out and just start blanket stitching the two heart layers together. This time just tuck the lace or ribbon ends in when you get to them.
Stop when you get close to the top middle.