Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's Craft Time! Upcycled Felted Wool Flower Pin

As I mentioned in my previous post about my wool obsession, I HAD to make something after playing with my pretty felted wool. I sat on the floor of my poorly lit bedroom and whipped up a flower pin. Ahhh... that felt (ha) good. Sorry, but I had to use a flash so you could see.  I've seen these all over blog land in different versions ... made from fabric, denim, craft felt,  tissue paper, into pins, kissing balls, hair accessories, etc.  My first exposure to this type of project was a tissue paper pin for a Mother's Day craft for my son's Cub Scouts about a dozen years ago.

I started with my upcycled felted wool and cut 3 circles 2.75" across and 4 circles 4.5" across. The exact size isn't really important, just 4 large and 3 small. I used these measurements because I have 2 cardboard templates that size. I laid them on the fabric and cut around with my pinking sheers (I wanted a more ruffled appearance) not even marking the fabric. Perfection is not needed.

Starting with the smaller circles fold them in half and then in half again. With a needle and long, doubled piece of thread, sew through the tip of the petal several times catching all the layers (don't forget to knot the end of the thread). On the same thread, fold and sew the next two small petal, pulling tight against the last one. 

Continuing on the same thread, fold and sew the four large circles, pulling tight against the last one. You will have to arrange the petals a little so the smaller ones are in front. On the back take a few stitches sewing the large petal to its neighbor to make them more stable. Sew on a pin back.  
I sewed one of my Mother's vintage earring in the center for a little bling, a button would look lovely also. From being compelled to make something to finishing the pin took less than 30 minutes. Isn't it pretty?

 

18 comments:

  1. That turned out really cute!

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  2. That is quite sweet! The earing in the middle is the perfect touch!

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  3. This is pretty. It was such a great idea to use an old earring.

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  4. Very Nice! and thanks for the directions. Lezlee

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  5. This is really cool! Nice job!

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  6. That is really pretty! If you are interested I have a new Thursday carnival called Make it, Wear it and this would be perfect to link up!

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  7. Very cute!!! I have been meaning to make some pins. So cute!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  8. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial, I've been wanting to try one of these...

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  9. I just saw earings on another blog made the exact same way!! Very clever! Love the combo of colors

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  10. Thank you so much for the great comments! I had so much fun making the pin. I'm glad you all like it.

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  11. LOVE this... I love upcycling bits of fabric into something useful (and pretty!).
    If you're interested, tomorrow we have a friday fun find party that we'd love for you to link up to!

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  12. I just love it.. I've seen a lot of flower making going around blogland, so I think I'm going to have to try this one..

    Thanks for joining me for another great party at "Get Your Craft on Thurs." Please join me next week for another wonderful party..

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  13. How cool! I love how that looks! Thanks for linking!!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

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  14. I love your choice of fabric! Very nicely done.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! I look forward to seeing more of your great ideas!

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  15. I looove your beautiful flower, what a GREAT way to upcycle something into 'Wearable' art!
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  16. I just loved this!! I have been wanting to make one, I have so much old material! I will get started! Thanks for inspiring me! ;)

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