It’s our 400th post! So I thought I’d make it a small celebratory Easter present for our lovely readers (the ones who sew anyway!)… sadly I can’t send everyone some chocolate, or some of our Easter biscuits, but I do have this little tutorial for you (no, I really can’t send chocolate…).
You will need:
Heart templates (click to download pdf from Box.com)
Small piece of linen fabric (approx 3″x2.5″) for heart front
Small piece of felt (approx 3″x2.5″) for heart back
Scrap of fabric (approx 2″x2″) for embellishment
Iron-on medium interfacing (approx 6″x2.5)
Bondaweb (approx 2″x2″), or fabric glue
Stuffing (polyfill or tiny scraps of waste fabric)
1) Cut out the 2 heart templates. Draw round the big heart on the non-stick side of iron-on interfacing twice, like this (mine are at odd angles due to trying to squeeze them on to the piece of interfacing I had – don’t feel obliged to copy exactly!):
4) Using the ends of your brooch back as a guide, make 2 marks to show where you need to cut to insert the brooch pin on the felt heart. The pin needs to be about a 1/3 of the way from the top:
5) Snip the slits and push the brooch pin through so that the pin part is on one side, and the bar is on the other. You should end up with something like this on the right side:
and like this on the wrong side.
I have stitched the brooch back into place (making sure my stitches don’t show on the right side). You could use a touch of fabric glue or omit this step, but it does make the brooch easier to fasten if the pin is very secure.
7) Cut the heart out neatly, peel off the backing paper and iron onto the centre of the right side of the linen heart:
8) Sew round the edge of the inner heart using a chain stitch (or any stitch you prefer of course!) making sure that you cover the edge of the heart with your stitches.
9) Now put the front and back parts of the brooch wrong sides together and, starting at one side of the heart (see the arrow?), sew all round in a running stitch, 2-3mm from the edge. If you want to be super-neat, a good trick is to hide the knot in the end of your thread between the 2 pieces of fabric.
10) Stop stitching about 1/2″ from where you started, but don’t fasten off your thread.
11) Now’s the time to sew on your button, if you want to use one.
12) Next stuff the heart as much as you want it to be stuffed. Finally, complete sewing round the heart and fasten off securely with a few tiny stitches made between the 2 pieces of fabric.
And you’re all finished! You might need to trim round the edges of your brooch to get rid of any loose threads or stray bits of interfacing, but the interfacing should stop any more fraying.
Here are some other versions:
and some more:
The little crochet flowers on these made with this pattern, using embroidery thread and a 1.5mm crochet hook.
Err, as you can see, making these is rather addictive! They make lovely gifts, and they’re a fab way of using smaller fabric scraps. I’m always happy to see things you have made with my tutorials in the Very Berry Flickr group, which has been a bit quiet recently, so do add your photos if you’d like to. Also, you are welcome to make brooches from this tutorial for sale if you wish, but please be considerate and polite, and credit the pattern to Very Berry Handmade. Thank you!
P.S. A variation of this tute appeared in the January issue of Crafteroo magazine. Read more about the latest issue just here…