Scrappy Sweetheart Brooch: Tutorial

My Scrappy Sweetheart Brooch
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:

Ingredients for Scrappy Sweetheart Brooch

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
Embroidery thread
Brooch back
Sewing thread
Stuffing (polyfill or tiny scraps of waste fabric)

Instructions

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!):
Interfacing

2) Cut roughly round each heart then iron one heart onto the linen fabric, and the other onto the piece of felt:
Ironed interfacing

3)  Carefully cut out each heart – you should end up with something like this:
Cut out fabric

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:

Marks for position of brooch back

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:

Right side of back of brooch with pin in position

and like this on the wrong side.

Brooch pin, 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.

6)  Trace round the small heart template on the smooth side of your piece of Bondaweb. Cut out roughly, and iron on to the wrong side of embellishing fabric:
Bondaweb heart ironed into position

7)  Cut the heart out neatly, peel off the backing paper and iron onto the centre of the right side of the linen heart:

Embellisment in position

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.

Chain stitch round the heart

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.

Sew round the edge

10)  Stop stitching about 1/2″ from where you started, but don’t fasten off your thread.

Leave space for stuffing

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.

Completed Scrappy Sweetheart Brooch

Here are some other versions:

Scrappy brooches

and some more:

Scrappy Heart Brooches

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…

33 Comments

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33 responses to “Scrappy Sweetheart Brooch: Tutorial

  1. Jackie

    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. Now I can make use of all my scraps thst I can’t bear to throw away.

  2. Novice crafter from NYC

    Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely idea! I saw it in the newsletter for Mollie Makes, just in time for Valentine’s Day! My daughter (almost 6 yrs old) and I made a pair for her Kindergarten teachers and she took them to school to give them as Valentine’s Day gifts. Thank you for the idea, the photos, and the very helpful instructions. I am also very glad that this has also led me to your site, which I will be visiting frequently.

  3. I specially appreciate that you wrote that one could even sell one’s little hearts – it IS generous of you. I won’t sell them, if I make any, but give them away as little presents.

  4. MAUD

    I AM FROM SA AND FOUND YOUR SITE WHILE BROWSING FOR SOMETHONG SMALL TO MAKE, BUT WITJ LOVE. DUE TO NERVE DAMAGE IN MY BRAIN I AM NOT AS GOOD AS I COILD HAVE BEEN 12 YEARS BACK. BUT I AM GOING TO TRY MY BEST TO MAKE IT AS BEAUTIFUL AS I CA FOR MY DAUGTERS BIRTHDAY WHO LIVES 14 HOUR NON STOP DRIVE FROM ME. THIS WILL REMIND HER OF HER HEART IN MINE, ALWAYS, ATTACHED FOREVER.
    THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT SO SIMPLE SO I CAN UNDERSTAND.
    REGARDS

  5. Heather

    Just come across your brooch and it is beautiful. I am new to crafting an you have inspired me to have a go. Thank you so much for sharing

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  7. Anonymous

    found your site when looking for parkin recipes! thought i`d have a quick peep at your tutorials…cheap stuffing for things…if you are buying new pillows and the old ones are synthetic give them a good wash and dry (probably best done in summer so can be dried outside) or get the cheapest £1 ish pillows from the blue and yellow swedish shop they are filled with lovely clusterfill stuffing and miles cheaper than buying special toy stuffing. They also take up less room if you buy more than 1 as they are packed without air! I `ve used both these ideas recently when i was making loads of stuffed toy/doorstops!

  8. These little heart brooches are adorable. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  9. Lovely! So generous of you to take the time and share your ideas :) Seaside Kate x

  10. Lovely brooch. You’re very kind to allow the use of your idea for selling. Congratulations on 400 posts and you’ve reminded me that I downloaded Crafteroo but haven’e read it yet!!
    Teresa x

    • Thanks Teresa… allowing free use is much easier than trying to keep on top of people nicking my ideas!! And I have benefited so much from other people who allow free use, it just seems like I should give something back. :-) The mag is excellent, hope you’ve had a read by now.

  11. Gorgeous little brooches, I love the variations too. Congratulations on your 400th post!

  12. These really are sweet. Thank-you

  13. Those are lovely, so simple and so effective!

  14. love these, really cute!

  15. Very cute, and happy 400. Still think it’s a shame you can shove some chocolate down the wires ;)

  16. Very clever. I have learned something about inserting the brooch pin. Excellent idea. Mine always stick out too far at the back and the brooch wobbles when I put it on. Thanks for that. May make some.

  17. Giving me pre-Christmas flashbacks – but very lovely!

  18. What a great way to celebrate your 400th post. Thanks for sharing Your brooch tutorial.
    Di xo

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