How to make felt and fabric brooches

Collection of colourful felt badges | How to make felt and fabric badges | Tesco Living

Craft blogger Laura Howard from Bugs and Fishes demonstrates how to make hand-stitched fabric and felt brooches

You will need

  • Colourful felt
  • Fabric in different colours and patterns
  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Cotton thread
  • Brooch backs
  • Brooch templates


Step 1

Print the templates provided (at 100% or your chosen size) and cut out the ones you need. You could trace the larger shapes onto tracing paper and then cut them out which will allow you to see the fabric print through the template when positioning it.

Tracing paper shapes on fabric | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 2

Iron your chosen fabric to remove any creases. Pin your chosen large template to the fabric, carefully cut out the fabric shape, then remove the pin.

Scissors cutting fabric in a heart shape | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 3

Pin the fabric shape to a piece of felt, leaving some space around the edge of the shape.

Sew a line of small running stitches around the inside of the fabric shape, a few millimetres from the edge. Remove the pin.

Shapes sewn onto colourful fabric | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 4

Use the template provided to cut out the small felt shape – a circle or heart – from a second shade of felt.

Sew the felt shape in position on the fabric shape with more running stitches. Skip this step if you’re making a small heart brooch.

Colourful fabric shapes sewn onto felt | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 5

Carefully trim away the excess felt from around the fabric shape, leaving a few millimetres around the edge of the fabric to frame it.

Scissors cutting out colourful felt | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 6

Now use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut out a matching piece of felt of the same colour. This second piece of felt will be the back of your brooch.

Felt and fabric heart and flower shapes | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 7

Turn over the backing shape and sew a brooch clasp slightly above the centre of the shape. Double your thead and sew the clasp securely in position, being careful to not pierce through the front of the brooch.

Brooche back pinned to felt shapes | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

Step 8

Hold the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edge with a running stitch, joining the felt layers together. Finish your stitching neatly at the back with a knot and trim any excess thread.

Stiching on colourful felt shapes | Fabric and felt brooches | Tesco Living

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