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My Flowerful Brooch

A couple of weeks ago at the Cincinnati Regional, I wore a brooch that I’d made with the Stampin’ Up! Flower Folds die. I bet I had a few dozen demonstrators ask me how I’d made it, so I’m breaking my own rule here—I’m posting instructions for a project. (Normally I don’t do that, but just this once. . .  )



For this brooch I started by cutting out four flowers of the same size. I folded each of the flowers in half, then I laid each of the flower halves down, with one half of the petals overlapping onto the previous flower half, almost like weaving the flower petals together.

After you have the four flower halves interlapping, I loosely tacked them together, with large stitches. I know some people use the sewing machine, but I'm too lazy to get mine out (smile), so I handstitched mine.

Then I repeated this several times, making as many different little flower pieces as I wanted. For this brooch, I made two each of the three smallest flowers from the die, so I had a total of six flower pieces.

When I finished the flower pieces, I layered them on top of each other, kind of overlapping and random. I call it skillywampus. (Good luck finding that word in the dictionary!)

Next, hot glue a small circle of felt over the stitching on the back and secured pin (or hair clip or whatever). Finish off  the flower by adding the flower center—on this brooch I used an antique button from Mom Heather’s button collection.

Using fabric with our Big Shot and dies is very popular, and this is such an easy project (I just used scrap fabric from projects at my house--pillows from my back porch, curtains in my stamp studio, and my apron from last year's convention)—I noticed several people at Founder’s Circle with similar pins, hair bows, and other things. There’s really so much you can do with this!

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Oh my goodness!!! This is absolutely gorgeous...I am so very thankful that you decided to share the instructions with us all...and guess what? Now I need to get this sizzix die so that I can start making these as presents.
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Pinto-Nguyen
This is so pretty. It would make a great gift I think, even though I don't sew, lol.
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristi
This is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing! The antique button is lovely.You made my day!
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim McAlister
Thank you. I am participating in our church's Faith and Arts celebration this Sunday. I am making Stampin Up gifts and treats. I am so excited about this opportunity. Have a beautiful day.
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelia Trsot
""sillywampus"...love the word...
we say "kiddiewampus". This is a fantastic project thanks for sharing it.
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdebbies
Hi Shelli,
Thanks for showing us this. I loved these when you showed us at convention and this helps my old noggin' in remembering.
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Gibbs
Dang! You are so clever! I will have to give this a try at my next workshop~
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerney Whitman
Thank you so much for posting these instructions. I have been trying to assemble one of these since you demonstrated them at Convention. I can't wait to make my own!
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Crawford
Thanks for showing this. I think they're so pretty. I'm going to make a ton of them now!
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Norton
Thanks so much for sharing how to make the broach. My mom just died and I want to make a broach using fabrics that she and I used when we quilted together this past year. It will be a wonderful memory piece I can treasure and wear when I want to feel especially close to her. In fact I think I will make one for each one of my sisters and my sister-in-law as a Christmas gift. So thanks so much for sharing your technique with us all.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue Scheets (Sushi)
Shelli -
I was one of those demonstrators in Cincinnati asking about your brooch. Thank you so much for posting the instructions! I'm betting you are going to see a lot of these at the next SU! event!
September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan LaCroix
Beautiful, thanks for sharing!!!
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful instructions and pictures. It's absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to make one!
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSherrie
Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to make one of these for all the extra special ladies in my life.
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
Shelli - thank you so much for sharing (just this once) the directions for the beautiful brooch. I have resisted purchasing the Flower Folds die...but I see now that resisting is futile.
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
I made a pin with this die using felt...it was so cute...thanks for the folding idea...
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel M.
thank you! I learn best by watching, so thank you for the pictures! You are one classy lady,Thanks for sharing!
October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb Hopper
Live this project Shelli! Think I'll make them for stocking stuffers. All my girls will love them too. Thanks for posting this creative idea!
October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from Colorado
I love the flower brooch!!! Thanks so much for the instructions with pictures also! I put a clip on the back of mine for a hair clip for my 6-year old daughter. I will be making some more with her school colors and theme using some paw print fabric this weekend. Thanks again!
October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Hoffpauir
Hi Shelli: I had remembered the brooch idea from convention and tried to make one on my own,smiling. I overlapped but did not weave so I had open gaps. I am so thankful for your instructions. I also found one of my grandmothers's beautiful amber stone buttons. I had been saving them for a special project-now I know where they will be used. Bless you.
October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue Manlove

On October 14th, I had a workshop with 20 ladies and I showed them and had them try the Big Shot with the Top Note Die, and we used fabric. Thin leather, felt and denim. It came out beautiful. We had wow, Ho! These ladies are crafters. They knit, sow and do beautiful things and give there crafts to many organisations. I will be sharing my Stampin' Up experience and knowledge with them on a weekly bases. I will learn new things and so will them. It's nice to share! The flower brooch if very nice! Thank you for sharing with us!
October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChantal
Thank you for posting the instructions. I loved this at convention but was having trouble putting it together even though I wrote down how you said it was done. Much easier when you see it.
October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryAnne
I am a former demonstrator and still into stamping but not as much as I would like to be right now... life seems to get in the way. I just love the broach... and had an idea/suggestion. I am also heavy into quilting and I was wondering if maybe some day it would be possible that some of your designs in stamps could be digitized so we can make them in quilts? I know this has nothing to do with stamping but your images are always so pretty and I would love to see them on some of my quilting. Does this sound do-able? Hope I am not speaking off line here but needed to ask anyway. Lots of warm hugs coming from FL... Janet
October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
Okay, I must have one of these Big Shots!!! Love that brooch!! I have several visions floating around in my head with all kinds of wonderful fabrics and felts!! Thanks for sharing!
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December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNadine Woodraska
Simply Vintage FAB!!! XO
February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Santoro

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