Here’s a cute little chap we made at our craft group this month. These are all felt brooches, and the templates are designed by me. There are ten designs, and they are all available (free of charge) for you to print out and make your own. Here are the links to the PDFs: Owl, Bird, Heart, Turtle, Butterfly, Ladybird, Trefoil Flower, Fish, Starflower, Daisy.
You will need A4 paper to print out the template (just white copy paper is fine, it doesn’t need to be great quality). You will need a few different colours of felt, some buttons and maybe some beads, some embroidery thread or sewing thread, and a safety pin to attach to the back to form the brooch.
First cut out all the black pieces from the template sheet (the coloured one is for reference to show how the layers fit together). Next cut all the pieces from felt. You can use pins to hold the paper while you cut it, but we found we didn’t really need them, you can just hold it in place with your fingers while you cut. For the young children, they chose all the colours but we did the cutting. For older children though, they might want to use pins to help them do their own cutting.
Next layer the pieces, little ones can help with this, and can start to see their creature or motif emerging…
The templates are all designed so that they require minimal stitching. Once the children have chosen buttons for all the positions shown on the coloured image on the printed sheet, you can help them to sew their own buttons in place, through all the layers, and this holds the whole thing together.
Sew a safety pin onto the back…
…and wear with pride!
I hope you enjoy. Do let me know what you think…x