Tuesday, February 10, 2015

༺ How To Make A 1940’s Felt Flower Corsage Brooch ༻

Hello lovelies!  Today I have a tutorial on how to make your very own 1940’s styled felt flower corsage which you can wear as a brooch. Or you could even add it to a hat or a purse if you wanted to!  (✿◠‿◠)

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

The story behind this DIY is that I was looking in vain for a tutorial on how to make a fabulous 1940’s felt brooch like the ones I’d seen floating around. When that proved to be impossible, I decide to take my inspiration from a lovely vintage felt flower corsage, and make up my own pattern.  Let’s get started shall we?

Materials for 40s Felt Flower Corsage DIY | Lavender & Twill

Materials you will need:

  • Felt
  • Needle & Threads to match felt colours
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Template Pattern
  • Safety Pin

Optional:

  • Glue instead of needle and thread
  • Ribbon for the bow instead of felt
  • Brooch Finding instead of a pin

1940’s Felt Rose Template:  Download here

 Felt-Rose-Template

How to make a 1940’s felt flower corsage:  

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & TwillA 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step One:  Cut out the stems for the flowers, fold a stem in half and sew the sides together. You can use running stitch here, but I preferred to use blanket stitch to allow the stem to look more rounded.  Repeat twice to create 3 stems.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Two:  Cut out the length of stamen felt, and create the stamens by cutting into the side of the rectangle, around two thirds of the way deep. Then continue making cuts down the side to create a ‘fringe’.  Repeat twice to create 3 stamens.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Three: Roll up the stamen strip and sew through the bottom end to secure it. Repeat twice to create 3 stamen rolls.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Four:  Sew the stamens to the top of your stems. Repeat twice to create 3 stamens & stems.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Five:  Cut out three sets of petals.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill  A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Six: Wrap a petal strip around a stamen & stem. When you are happy with how it looks, use a couple of pins poked in crosswise to hold the petals in place while you sew them down. Repeat twice to create 3 roses.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Seven:  Cut out a rose hip circle, and snip little Vs all around the edge. Repeat twice to create 3 rose hip circles.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Eight:  Fold the rose hip circle in half, and in half again so that you end up with a little triangle. Very carefully cut off a small amount of the triangle tip to make a small hole in the centre of the circle. Thread the circle on the stem up underneath the flower petals. Repeat twice.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Nine:  Secure the rose hip circle to the flower with pins, then sew it down to the flower near the top of the zig-zag cuts. Repeat twice to create 3 complete felt roses.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Ten:  Cut out the rose leaves and attach them to the back of the flowers, placing them according to taste.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Eleven:  Group the roses in a bunch, and secure with a pin through the stems before sewing them together.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Twelve:  Attach a bow. This can be ribbon, a small strand of felt tied in a bow, or a pieced felt bow like I did.  The instructions for the pieced felt bow are listed down below, and there is a template for the felt pieces too.  Make up the bow, and then come back to finish off the corsage.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Thirteen:  Secure a pin to the back of your corsage, or a brooch finding. Sew a small piece of felt over the back of the pin or brooch finding. This will help to stabilize the flowers. You can skip this step if you want to.  

Top Tip:  If the flowers still aren’t as stable as you would like, add some small stitches and sew the flower heads together.  The flower corsage will be floppy because of the soft stems, however, and that’s ok. It will be fine while you wear it!

Wearing my 1940's DIY Felt Flower Brooch | Lavender & Twil 

Step Sixteen:  Pin on your new 1940’s felt flower corsage brooch and enjoy!  (^ ε ^)

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Felt Bow Template:  Download here

3 Piece Felt Bow Template | Lavender & Twill

How to make a three piece felt bow:

Step One:  Cut out three strips of felt in the sizes you want.

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Two:  Fold the main bow strip back on itself to created two loops, one on either end, and sew in place.

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Three:  Wrap the middle length of felt around the centre of the bow, covering up where the bow loops are joined. Sew down, and cut off any excess.

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Four:  Fold the tail strip of felt in half, on a angle, and secure.  You can snip the ends of the felt to make them pointed.  

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Five:  Sew the finished bow onto your corsage.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own felt flower corsage. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out. 

As always, I’d love to see your creations so please do let me know about them ~ you can share by leaving a comment or link to a blog post, tweet a picture @bjvear or share on Instagram by mentioning @missbjvear, or hashtag #DIY1940sfeltflowercorsage

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill  

xox,

bonita

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18 comments:

  1. Totally love this! I'm going to have to try it!

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    1. Hurrah! Can't wait to see what you make. :)

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  2. So adorable! I will definitely give this a go soon! :) Thanks for the tutorial, dear!

    xo,
    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingersblog.com

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    1. Wonderful, I look forwards to seeing what you make. :)

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  3. Hurrah! Thank you for this tutorial, I will definitely be giving this a go!

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    1. Oh your welcome, I can't wait to see your results! :)

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  4. So cute! And you make it seem so easy. I must try this sometime soon, I think even I could manage.
    Cheers,
    Zella

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    1. I hope it seems easy! I really wasn't sure as I was writing it out, but I got the Mister to check it over, because I figured if it made sense to him surely it'd make sense in general you know? ; )

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  5. This is so cute! I'm in awe of your skills :) I can't believe you just made it up! I'm hopeless at sewing, it makes me so frustrated... Which is sad as I'd love to make my own pretty things too! CC x

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    1. It can be so hard to pick up something you don't feel skilled at. I'm hopeless at website coding ~ it drives me nuts, but I have to stick at it because I can't pay anyone else to do it for me! (-__-)'


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  6. Dear Bonita, this is so wonderful! This brooch is so cute, we are lucky gals, thank you! :-)

    Beta xx

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  7. This is so tremendously lovely and creative. I really adore how incredibly easy to follow your instructions are, aided all the more by this great set of step-by-step photos. I must get some felt and give this a spin now, too!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Oh, I hope you do Jessica! I'm glad it seems to be easy; I knew I couldn't do it without the photos and the text though... Sometimes that picture really is worth a thousand words!

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  8. This is so cute! Thanks a million for sharing the tutorial! Now I just need to go conjure up my felt scraps to make one!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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    1. It's entirely my pleasure Brigid! It was a lot of fun to make both the brooch and the tutorial. (^ U ^)

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  9. It really is a gorgeous brooch and you've done a great job with the tutorial!

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