November 10, 2011

DIY 3 Layered Fabric Pouf Brooch

I have been loving those little fabric pouf brooch/hair clip duo's I've been seeing in stores lately and was determined to figure out how to make one of my own, so I searched the internet high and low and found a few tutorials that helped me create my own version.

I also took a trip to this great non-profit art supply place called Scrap 4 Art, that will let you fill up a big bag of donated items for $6. They have lots of fabric scraps there, so I was happy to fill up a bag bring them to life again.

I'm excited to show you  my version of the pouf using three types of fabric to add color and texture.

Before you get started, you need to know that this project is not hard, but took me about 2 hours to do, so plan ahead!

Here's what you'll need:

  1. two fabrics of your choice (I used one cotton vintage patterned and one polyester solid)
  2.  tulle
  3. thread
  4. sewing needle
  5. traceable object (like a jar lid)
  6. sewing scissors
  7. brooch pin back
  8. glue gun
  9. marker

Trace four circles on the fabric you want the base to be.

    Cut them out!

    Fold each base circle in half, then in half again.

   Pinch each circle at the corner, then sew a stitch through one corner at a time, connecting each corner with the thread. Knot in place.

   Now it's time to trace circles onto your top fabric. The amount will vary, but I used about 15-20 circles.

 Cut the circles out.

Fold them in half and in half again, repeating the same process as above. Pinch one corner at a time for the next step.

 Next, hold each pinched corner of the folded circle and make one stitch through the entire brooch into the corner. Stitch again, all the way through connecting circles in the same way until the pouf looks tight enough. 

    Next, I cut out about 8 strips of tulle about 5 inches long, knotting them in the center.

    Place the knotted center in between the two different colored fabric pieces and sew a stitch all the way through, repeating this process all the way around the circle with tulle strips until tulle evenly covers the pouf.     

If you want to make your tulle curl up a little and look vintage like mine, hold the ends of the tulle carefully about 6 inches above a lit candle. They will start to curl up pretty fast, so start further away from the flame and slowly warm them. And watch those fingers! 

If you want to see a picture of how I did this with some other fabric brooches I made this summer, click here.

And here is the finished 3 layered brooch! 



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  1. oh that's lovely!! I've always wondered how you make those, and now thanks to you I know and can try it myself! :0)

  2. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday!

  3. Thank you for all your kind comments! Have fun making your poufs!

  4. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. I've toured your blog a bit. I'm a new follower. Looking forward to future visits.

  5. That is so cute! Great job. :) I'm a new follower!

  6. I wish I could do as great a job at photography as you...but understandably you are married to a gifted photographer! LOL I just made my first pouf. I used an old t-shirt for the first layer and black satin and black net from a dress. I used hot glue because I don't have the patience to sew it together but it turned out great! I can't wait to wear it this weekend!

  7. Teresa-yes, I'm thankful Jeff is willing to help take great pics for me-and I"m learning more about photography and taking a few myself! I'd love to see a picture of your pouf--I did think hot glue would have been faster-kind of like your coffee filter pouf-but wanted to try more sewing. Glad it turned out-they are so fun to make and pretty!

  8. What a wonderful tutorial. Lovely. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  9. beautiful, Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  10. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this at my turquoise lovin' party!!

  11. Cute blog and you have great photos. I have a little sewing and fabric craft linky party I'm starting tomorrow and I was wondering if you could be so kind to stop by and post it? Thanks so much!
    Sew Country Chick

  12. That is so cute! You have a great blog...I found it from the family ever after party. I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  13. Soo pretty!


  14. absolutely gorgeous! thanks for linking up and sharing

  15. how beautiful!!! ill have to pin this! thanks for the tutorial!

  16. So pretty and the tutorial is perfect: step by step! My favorite part: the tulle. So whimsical that way. Love it!

  17. I love the different layers- the tulle gives it that extra somethin'. Also, love the circled numbers on your photos. Great idea!

  18. I have seen many versions of this flower, but I really like how yours turned out! Love it, I am going to try it :) Hope it is as cute as yours. Thanks for sharing.

  19. So pretty and such a clever idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  20. Hi Kristina, what a lovely job you did and it looks so pretty on. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  21. Hello there, thanks for linking to Pin'Inspirational Thursday's last week..I featured you today--woohoo..Please stop in and have a look/grab a button..Hope you can link up again today..TY..

  22. I really like your blog. I am your newest follower!! I am new to blogger, but am excited to share my New boutique that is coming soon with the latest trends on clothing at affordable prices. I also will be selling Mineral Makeup. I will be giving a lot of free giveaways here shortly for our grand opening! I hope you will stop by my blog and follow me back and like my facebook... And Look out for free giveaways on makeup and clothing :)

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  24. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I am going to crank out circles using my Big Shot :)

  25. Nothing beats a good fabric poof the three layers really makes it look amazing! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it at


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