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Heart brooch DIY


It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and while I’m personally not into all that stuff at all, I thought it was a good excuse to share a tutorial for these cute heart brooches I’ve been meaning to do for a while

You’ll need:

  • Nice scrap fabric – small bits will do
  • Toy stuffing (this is the one I used. We had it kicking about because one of Dave’s many abandoned projects is a knitted Teddy Bear)
  • Brooch backs
  • A pen (a narrow felt tip one works, anything you
  • Paper
  • Thread

The steps

First, cut a heart shape out in paper. Easiest way to do this is to fold the paper in half and draw half a heart on, then cut out and unfold. That way it’ll be symmetrical. Take care to not make the bottom of the heart too narrow, as it’ll be difficult to turn inside out and stuff. The heart can be any size really, 6-8cm works quite well I think.

Cut two bits of fabric slightly larger than your heart. Pin them together right sides facing and draw the heart onto one side, using the paper template.

Sew along the edges, leaving a section between the tip of the heart and about half way up open. You could use a sewing machine I suppose, but it gets quite fiddly round the top, so I’ve always handstitched.

Cut the fabric close to the seam, except around the open bit, where you want to leave a bit more, maybe 5mm depending on the size of the heart.

Turn inside out and stuff with the stuffing.

Turn the edges around the hole in and pin together. Handsew shut, using thread the same colour as the heart and taking care to keep the stitches close together (you will be able to see them a little, there’s no way round that as far as I can tell).

Sew on the brooch backs.

Now wear your heart with pride!

I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures of the in between steps, I hope I’ve explained them ok.

And if you don’t fancy making a brooch yourself, remember you can win a felted flower on in my 1000th post giveaway!

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  • Johanna 13 February 2012, 10:26 am

    Love the brooch, in a rush. I have been known to stuff those small hearts with cotton wool balls! Surprisingly effective.
    So cute and a great way to use lots of cute buttons!
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  • anne the SpyGirl 13 February 2012, 2:32 pm

    so sweet! maybe I’ll make one for my sweetie…
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  • Kimberlee 13 February 2012, 3:18 pm

    Very cute!

  • Carina 13 February 2012, 4:51 pm

    Oh wie süüüüß! 🙂
    Ich kann leider nicht nähen, aber wenn ich so kleine DIY Tutorials sehe will ichs umso mehr lernen!
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  • joann, sidewalk chic 14 February 2012, 12:32 am

    These are super cute — I love the red one. What’s great is they’ll probably work well on different parts of clothing — belts, lapels, shoulders, etc. Can’t wait to see how you style them. 🙂
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  • Rebecca 14 February 2012, 2:46 am

    Those are really cute. I like the tiny red one!
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