Monday, 30 July 2012

The Pips are growing! Guest Post By Dizzy Miss James

Hi all,

It's been a while, and I've missed blogging, don't worry though I Haven't been sitting on my arse! I've been moving house and making prints as well as doing other interesting things which I'm going to post later. I've been thinking about The Watermelon Pips during this time however, and I've decided that it needs to be more a part of a community!

So it is with great pleasure that that I can introduce a guest post by a fellow artist and maker Dizzy Miss James, I'm sure you'll find it as interesting as I have.

Felt Watermelon Brooch

Hi I’m Dizzy Miss James I like to make fun & quirky handmade accessories & gifts. Here’s a step-to-step guide on how to make my felt watermelon brooch.

What you will need:

Green felt
Red felt
Black, red, green & yellow cotton thread
Sewing needle
5 x black beads
Brooch back
Glue Stick

Take the felt & cut out 2-x green half circles & 1 red half circle slightly smaller than the green ones. The size depends on how big you want your brooch to be; I do mine 8 cm x 5 cm.

Now it’s all about the stitching. Straight stitch the red felt piece onto 1 of the green half circles; this is the front of the brooch.

Next stitch 5 straight rows for decorative detail as shown above, 3 stitches in each row will do.

Sew yellow thread onto the green felt around the edge of the red half circle; I like to use backstitch for this as there is more of a continuous line.

Add the beads sewing them at the ends of each of the five rows. These are your pips.

Take the other green half circle this is the back section of the brooch. Cut out a rectangular shape big enough to fit the brooch back on, either hand stitch or zigzag stitch with a sewing machine this piece onto the back.

Sew the brooch back onto the rectangular piece this will help hold it securely in place when wearing the brooch.

You can leave your brooch entirely fabric however I do like mine to be more firm & hardwearing. Cut out a half circle in card & glue this to the inside of the back section leaving a slight green boarder to allow for stitching.

Lastly sew both of the sections together including the card in the middle, stitching around the edge with green thread. When finished tie a knot in the end & push the knotted thread inside the middle of the brooch sections to make it tidy.
TA DAH! You now have your finished watermelon brooch.

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