Got your free fabric flower kit in Mollie Makes 62 (when purchased at Morrisons)? Dip into your fabric stash (or scraps) and stitch a spring brooch with textile artist Gemma Nemer. These little blooms are a doddle to make, and since each petal is hand stitched with treasured fabric, you’ll want to accessorise everything! Pin to lapels, embellish spring footwear or accessorise your new tote. Here’s how to make one…
• Needle and thread
• Glue gun
• Brooch back
• Small piece of felt
Use a jam jar lid or draw a 7cm (2¾”) card circle as a template. Draw around it five times on your five different fabric pieces and neatly cut them out.
Take one of the circles and fold neatly into a quarter. Repeat with the rest of your circles. Now you have five petal quarters. Thread your needle and cotton about 50cm (20″) long, doubled over with a big knot (a different colour has been used here so you can see it).
Using a running stitch, sew along the rough, curved edge of your petal quarter. You should only need around 10 stitches per petal quarter. Repeat with all five petal quarters. All your petal quarters will now be strung on your length of cotton.
Gather your petal quarters from both ends so they are as close together as they can be, with long ties at both ends.
Then simply tie both ends together with a double knot and trim the ends. Be careful not to tie your ends too tightly or they will snap. When you have tied your flower together, equally space out the petals. You will have a small hole in the centre of your flower – don’t worry at this stage, it will be covered later.
Now cut a 4cm (15/8 “) and a 2cm (¾”) paper circle. Draw around them on the felt piece and cut out. Stitch your brooch back onto the largest felt circle. It’s best to choose which way up your flower is going to go before adding the back.
Stitch or glue your button to the flower. Next, glue the smaller felt circle over the open brooch pin to cover the stitching. Finally, glue your large felt circle backing to the back of the flower. Try using a glue gun for this. For different effects, you can try experimenting with flat petals or pointy petals.
Gemma lives inside her little studio, The Button Tin. With basic tools, she stitches fabric artworks and installations, enjoying the rush of gathering and finding lost objects and turning them into pieces of art. She often uses words – song lyrics, memories and poems – hand embroidered in her wearable and interior pieces, and is passionate about preserving traditional skills. Find out more about Gemma and The Button Tin at gemmanemer.blogspot.com