Friday, 23 January 2015

Felt Heart Brooch

With so much "love in the air" at the moment, I've gone all romantic and made some little felt heart brooches and a key ring.
felt heart brooch

felt heart lace brooch tutorial
felt heart keyring tutorial

To make something similar you need:

  • Felt
  • 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
and for the Keyring version -
  • A little bit of wadding
  • An extra length of ribbon
  • A split ring (or other keyring thing of your choice)
how to make a felt heart keyring
First cut out a heart shape from the felt twice. My heart shapes are about 3" tall and 2.5" at the widest point (8cm x 6cm)
Play about with your scraps of lace, ribbon, fabric etc until you have an arrangement you like.
Using 2 strands of embroidery thread and some simple stitches sew the bits and pieces in place.

make a felt heart brooch
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.

felt and lace heart brooch
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.


felt heart brooch tutorial
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.


Fold your long bit of ribbon in half and pop it through the split ring. Then open up the felt layers and pop the ribbon in place.
Then just carry on with your blanket stitch, making sure you watch the back and catch all those layers with your stitches.
felt key ring tutorial
Once you are about an inch from where you started stop and pop a little wadding into to lightly pad the heart, then carry on with your stitches to seal it all up.
felt heart key ring
Make one for someone you love or make one for yourself! They could be lovely Mothers Day gifts, maybe replace the little felt heart with a flower, a circle of lace or a larger button. I guess it depends what you have. For me little projects like this are great for using things in my stash. Have fun!
Felt heart Brooch and Key Ring
You might also be interested in:
Embroidered Gloves
Embroidered Gloves
Button Tassel Keyring
Button Tassel Keyring
Simple Felt Needle Case
Simple Felt Needle Case
Heart Elbow Patch Cardigan Makeover
Heart Elbow Patch Cardigan Makeover
I'll be linking up at these great link parties.

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful, so cute and romantic!!
    Happy weekend.:*

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  2. so cute! love these felt heart brooches and key rings. Very organic and classy!

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  3. These are so cute! I love each of the little details.

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    1. Thanks Bethany, they were really fun to make and a good chance for me to sort through my stash of bits and pieces.

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  4. These are gorgeous. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to make some of these :)

    Over from #sitsblogging

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  5. Just spied your felt needle case in your related posts, will need to check that out too :)

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    1. The needlecase is so simple to make, but it could be much more highly decorated just like these hearts. Felt is so easy to work with :-)

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  6. Last comment ;) pinned this ;)

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    1. Thanks Kate - do love a bit of pinning!

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  7. Those are just adorable! #sitsblogging

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  8. Those are so cute!!! Thanks so much for coming by the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week!

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  9. Oh my gosh what fun tutorial you have brought to share on Friday Feature this week, thank you!!!
    Have great day!!!
    Karren~Oh My Heartsie Girl

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  10. Super cute! Pinned! Thank you for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  11. These are adorable! And, the tutorial you included is much appreciated. I think I have all the supplies needed to make one. They would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thanks Lily's mum, the beauty of these is you can use whatever you have to embellish them, so as long as you have felt and interfacing or wadding you are good to go!

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  12. So pretty adn think these will sell well as something so special

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  13. They are beautiful and a great way to use up those little odds and ends. Thanks for joining in with my first Handmade Monday.

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  14. How pretty they are. Great idea on how to use up all those little pieces that end up on the bottom of the fabric bag! Lovely ideas.

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  15. These are so pretty - I especially love the brooch!

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  16. So cute! I could do them on my trips into town!

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    1. Thanks Agy, it's nice to have a little project that you can take anywhere isn't it?

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  17. These are so pretty, I love the mix of lace and buttons :)
    Jan x

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  18. How precious they all are!! Thank you for the easy-to-follow tutorials.: ) xoxo

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    1. You're welcome Pat, glad you like them.

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  19. Those are just adorable, Julia! The key ring is my favorite, just because I love large key rings since it's easier to find keys. :)

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    1. I'm the same Dee, I like a big bunch of keys all together and a collection of key rings - that way I have a good chance of finding them at the bottom of my bag!

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  20. Hi Julie, I love how these turned out! I'll be sharing them this week on the blog! Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives Theresa Pinned to my Valentines Day Board.

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    1. Thanks Theresa, I'll pop by again to see. So glad you liked them.

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  21. What a great way to use up little scraps. Love how you've combined fabric with lots of different notions. The key ring is my favourite - love the red and white together.

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    1. ooo exciting, thanks for letting me know Pam, I know you have loads of amazing projects linked up so this is really special. Thanks

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  22. Such a clever way to use up scraps. I will have to have a rummage and see what I can find. Cute Valentine's day gifts too! Thanks for posting the tutorial. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. These are beautiful! Sounds like easy to make too :) Thanks for sharing. Happy V Day :)

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  24. Oh my.... those are just gorgeous. This is one of those crafts I normally wouldn't attempt but your tutorial and photos are done in a way that I think even I could make one that looks nice. Ü Sharing this on reddit among other places!

    Nancy

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  25. These are adorable and perfect for Valentine's Day! I really like the red and white heart key ring. I'm pinning these!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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    1. Hey Julie! Just stopping by to let you know that I featured these at the latest Submarine Sunday Link Party! Thanks for linking up!

      Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  26. Thanks for linking up to A little Bird told me! We've featured you over on Adventures in Wunderland this week!

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