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Easy DIY Felt Flower Brooch

Cardigans are a work wardrobe staple for me. I especially love solid-colored ones because they are perfect for pairing with cute, little brooches and pins. I like looking for vintage brooches at the flea market and thrift stores, but I’ve been thinking that I should try making some myself.

While shopping in the scrapbooking section at the craft store last month, I rediscovered some darling, floral embellishments by Jolee’s Boutique. I’ve seen them before, but I hadn’t considered buying these lovely flowers until I found them on sale. It’s amazing how much more inspiring an item can be for the right price! I chose some grey, felt flowers that are the perfect size for a dainty accessory.

To make a brooch, you will need felt flowers of your own choosing, a strong adhesive, and a round pinback. What you won’t need are any special tools or advanced skills. This accessory is one that any crafter can make!

Supplies

I chose to use Amazing Goop for my adhesive because it likes both fabric and metal. Plus it dries clear. It is always important to read the fine print on an adhesive before buying it. Otherwise your craft that you’ve spent time and money on may not turn out as planned.

First, I carefully removed the adhesive that came attached to the back of the felt flower. I then applied a good amount of Amazing Goop to the pinback and pressed my felt flower onto it. This adhesive needs time to build a strong bond, so plan to allow the brooch at least a day to cure.

Here’s the finished product! I paired it with a navy cardigan because I adore this color combination, probably because it references two my favorite basketball teams – the Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers. This sweet brooch helps me show off a little team spirit without having to wear anything tacky or ugly!

Felt Flower Brooch

Hopefully my felt flower brooch will inspire you to make one of your own. Happy crafting!

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Winter Yarn Wreath Tutorial

With Christmas over and all its decorations packed away until next year, my front door was in desperate need of a wreath. I’ve been dying to try a yarn-wrapped wreath, and winter seems like the perfect season for one. Yarn wreaths are all over Pinterest and pretty popular at retailers right now. I had an inkling it wouldn’t be too hard to make, and I was right! As a matter of fact, I was lucky enough to have all the supplies I needed in my craft room and garage.

Winter Yarn Wreath

Supplies:

  • Wreath Form (see below for my tips on making your own out of items from the hardware store)
  • Yarn
  • Scotch Tape
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Scissors
  • Felt Flowers (buy pre-made ones at the craft store or keep reading to learn how to make your own)
  • Amazing Goop Craft Glue
  • Ribbon

Styrofoam wreath forms can get expensive, especially if you make a lot of wreaths. I did some research and found ways to make your own with pipe insulation and pool noodles. Unbeknownst to me, we had pipe insulation in our garage. If you don’t have any pipe insulation in your garage, make a quick trip to the hardware store. You will die when you see how cheap it is, so I won’t ruin the surprise! Chad liked the MacGyver factor of making a wreath out of pipe insulation, so he offered to cut and form it for me. Pipe insulation can lose its shape if the wreath materials are too heavy, so I encourage you to check out Gail Made’s tutorial for wrapping it in a way that avoids kinking. Once you’ve got your circle, secure the ends by wrapping duct tape around them.

With my wreath form done, I chose a bulky, gray yarn to wrap around it. I used scotch tape to adhere the beginning of the yarn to the wreath. I then carefully wrapped the yarn making sure that none of my pipe insulation peaked through the finished product. Once I made it the whole way around the wreath, I snipped the yarn and glued the end to the wreath with Elmer’s glue.

For my embellishments, I wanted to stick with something wintery, and felt seemed like a fabulous option. Learning how to make flowers out of felt has been on my crafting bucket list for some time, so I decided to give them a try. papernstitch has the best tutorial for making felt flowers five different ways. Plus she features them on a gray, yarn wreath. I took this happy coincidence as a sign. I am happy to report that these felt flowers are as easy to make as they are precious. You’ll just need felt, a ruler, coordinating embroidery floss, a needle, and scissors.

Loopy Felt Flowers

If making your own flowers isn’t for you, I’m confident that you’ll be able to find some at the craft store. Check the scrapbooking, jewelry, and fabric sections.

Many people will suggest that you attach the flowers to your wreath with hot glue, but I’ve had some bad luck with hot glued items on my front door. It gets a good deal of direct sunlight, and this has melted hot glue and wrecked one of my previous door hangings. I prefer to instead adhere things onto my wreaths with a stronger adhesive. For this project, I used Amazing Goop Craft Glue because it likes many surfaces, including fabric. I let the glue cure overnight to ensure that a permanent bond had time to form.

All that my wreath lacked was a way to hang it on the door. I found a simple, thin ribbon in a coordinating color and tied it to the wreath. I then formed a loop with the ribbon and fastened the ends into a bow. Voila! My door is once again adorned. Happy crafting!

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Felt Stockings

For the longest time, I’ve had this romanticized notion that we need handmade, personalized stockings. I’m not much of a sewer, and I realistically don’t have the time for big, intricate cross-stitch projects at least not if I want to enjoy these stockings in the near future. Dimensions Needlecrafts had the perfect solution for me – diy felt stocking kits. I’ve always been fond of their products. The instructions are clear, and they always provide you with more than enough floss. Plus they have some of the cutest designs going.

Luckily for me, these kits exceeded my expectations. The stockings are so easy to make, even for the lady that can barely sew a button onto a shirt. They make for a great weekend project. I had both of mine finished over the course of a couple of weekends catching up on guilty pleasure television.

 

Since it’s sometimes tricky to find the best holiday kits at your local craft store, I strongly encourage you to check out their website. Search for “stockings” to see all their adorable options. This year’s designs may be even more darling than last year’s! Be warned – you’ll find lots to love. The good news is that they are almost always running a promotion, whether it’s a coupon off one item or free shipping when you spend a specified amount. Happy holiday crafting!

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