Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lucky Shamrock Brooch for St Patricks Day - Tutorial

St Patricks Day Brooch
A little Irish Shamrock to help celebrate St Patricks Day. This is a great little activity for beginners and has even been tested by children (being a teacher means you have some handy testers near by!)
The Irish have considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols since earliest times, so this is a nice way to bring a little luck to yourself (or family and friends!) 

Felt or felted wool scraps (green and backing colour eg black)
Needle and matching thread
Brooch pin back

1. Design... quickly sketch up a clover shape, cut out and pin onto fabric.

2. Cut out and place onto your backing colour. This requires you to hold the shape into position with your fingers more than relying on the pin! Grab some thread (I use 2 strands of embroidery floss, but this comes with a WARNING... don’t rush the separation process, because it can form into evil knots.)


3. Stitch around the entire shamrock. You can use any stitch you are comfortable with or depending on the look you want. I like to go around the edge (I use a whip stitch).

4. Cut around your shamrock leaving a border. Place this on your backing colour (this can be the same as the first colour, or a matching colour, I used green)

5. Stitch these 2 together. This gives more strength and stability to the brooch. Stitch a brooch pin to the backing, trim all edges, and your done!!

Please remember that this is not intended for commercial use. You can make as many of these as you want but please don't sell them or reproduce this tutorial.


Bonneau said...

I know that shamrock is pinned to that poor bunny's chest. I have alerted the SPCA Rabbit Protection squad. You can't run from the Fuzzy Foot of Justice

Zennic Designs said...

But, he likes it like that!