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:
- two fabrics of your choice (I used one cotton vintage patterned and one polyester solid)
- sewing needle
- traceable object (like a jar lid)
- sewing scissors
- brooch pin back
- glue gun
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.
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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