I’m a little bit nervous about this, as it’s the first time I’ve really crafted something just from an idea of mine, rather than following a pattern, recipe or an idea I’ve seen on another blog. Anyway, I bought some black felt recently to make the Button Bib necklace I made as part of Incy Wincy Stiches button jewellery swap. As usual, I got far more than I needed (never knowingly undersupplied, that’s me!) and I had been think about what I could with it. I kept coming back to the idea of simple circular badges, using the buttons I’d over bought (see what I mean?) and maybe some letters cut out of different coloured felt. That last idea got abandoned pretty quickly as I wasn’t sure I could manage to do something that small and keep it neat. However, I did have some nice embroidery thread, so I thought about sewing the initials instead. I also wanted to use a small amount of toy stuffing in the badges, since the felt I have is pretty thin and I thought it would give me a nicer shape. So, I set to work with a simple circle template – I just drew around a hi-ball glass – and I had two rather stylish young ladies in mind when I made these.
Well, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room – the pictures aren’t great (camera phone) and my hand sewing skills aren’t much better than my machine ones! However for a first attempt and a learning experience I’m pretty pleased! Some lessons learned….I worked completely freehand and I think next time I’ll try and get some tailor’s chalk and draw the letter and flower stem first to give me a better guide, I used a safety pin on the back, sewn on and then held in place with a piece of felt glued on top of it but I think proper brooch backs will be much more secure, purple thread does NOT show up on black felt but I used more stuffing on Erica’s badge and I think it sits much better.