Tuesday, 12 March 2013

How To Make A Japanese Cherry Blossom Brooch/Pin

Spring is almost here again, and in London's parks the blossoms will soon be opening, and filling the trees with gorgeous pink froth like this, (taken in Kensington Gardens last spring)




Unfortunately, the blossoms don't last for long, so I decided to make a pin that would mean we could have blossoms all year round!



To make your own Japanese Cherry Blossom pin, you will need

Pink felt (2 slightly different shades)

Green felt

2 small buttons 

A 38mm brooch pin

Embroidery threads

Hot-Glue Gun

A small, plastic food carton (the sort of thing a microwaveable meal comes in)


To begin, you will need to cut 2 large, and two small flower shapes from your pink felt, and 2 backing pieces (leaves) from your green felt as shown in the templates below






Then you will need to cut a small piece from your plastic food carton, that will fit inside the backing pieces to stiffen it, leaving a big enough border around the edges for you to be able to blanket-stitch the two pieces together comfortably. 

Now you're ready to begin assembling your pin



Arrange the two layers of pink felt one on top of the other and chain-stitch up the centre of each of the five petals, through both layers of felt



Then add your button at the centre  (I was lucky enough to have some vintage flower buttons from the 1950's that somebody had given me, but any buttons will do)


Next, sew your brooch-pin onto the back of one of your green pieces (I've used two different colour greens, so it's easier to differentiate each piece, but you can use 2 the same colour)



I like to finish mine off by covering the stitching with a piece of matching felt, or ribbon, which I attach with the hot-glue gun


Next, use the hot glue gun to fix the piece of plastic to the other piece of green felt, then once the glue has cooled, add more glue to the top of the plastic piece and carefully position the second layer on top



Blanket stitch around the edges of the backing



Then position your two blossoms on the backing, overlapping them slightly, carefully glue into position, and once the glue has set your pin is ready to wear!


You could try other colour variations too, maybe white on white, white/pink, or maybe magenta and cerise, like this one...



Or, alternatively, use blue felt to create Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) flowers, using loops of ribbon stitched into place on the top backing layer to represent the fern-like leaves of the plant, then gluing the flowers into place on top. 






The pins shown in this tutorial are currently for sale in our Etsy shop (at time of posting) https://www.etsy.com/shop/StarShapedAndShiny?ref=si_shop with all profits being donated to the Blue Cross animal charity

2 comments:

  1. so pretty! thanks for sharing

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  2. Thanks for sharing. Love the red version but both colors are beautiful

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