Today I’m going to show you how I make this super cute little cabochon and felt flower.
I first ordered these little rose cabochons to use in making my ribbon bookmarks. You can pick up these pretty little cabochons at Dime Store Emporium. If there is a specific color you want make sure you mention it to Terri in the “note to seller” part, otherwise her company will randomly choose the colors you receive.
I had a bunch left over so I decided to use them to craft flower brooches/re-usable bows.
First I grab a cabochon and decide what color felt I want to work with. In this case I’m using black and hot pink felt for this pastel pink rose cabochon.
Using the cabochon as a guide, I cut the felt into a circle leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space between each layer. I have one small circle and one larger circle for each flower.
Next, I cut little “V” slits around the circle to make petals. I usually cut out five little v’s per circle.
Once all my petals are cut, I head on over to my nifty sewing machine to attach the felt layers together. I use my sewing machine because I HATE sewing by hand.
I just stitch them together going over back and forth several times to make sure they’re secure. I stick to center of the flower so that the stitches will be hidden once I glue the cabochon onto it. Once I have secured the petals, it’s time to finish the backing of the brooch.
I cut out a rectangle that is big enough to hold the safety-pin in place. Short enough to fit inside the safety-pin, but long enough to have sufficient space to glue the felt onto the back of the flower.
Using a hot glue gun, I attach the safety-pin and rectangle to the flower. I apply hot glue on one side of the safety-pin and attach that to the flower, then apply more hot glue to the other side of the safety-pin and press to secure. The backing is now finished.
Using sand paper, sand the backs of the cabochons. I do this so that the glue will adhere to the cabochons and secure it to the flower.
Next, I use my trusty tube of E6000 to secure my cabochon to the felt flower. Just a dab on the back of the cabochon and then attach onto the felt flower. Let it sit undisturbed overnight so that the glue has time to dry.
This is what happens when I used too much glue. It seeps out the sides.
Once dried, I attach them to the boxes that I send out to my customers. Whenever a customer orders an item from my shop, I always wrap it up. I think these little pretties adds a sweet touch.
You’re probably asking yourself, “Why so many methods of attaching the flowers?” Well, I used to just sew the felt together, then secured everything else with hot glue. One time, the hot glue didn’t hold the cabochon onto the felt, so that’s when I started using the E6000 glue. You probably could just use the E6000 glue for all the steps to secure, but it takes time for the glue to dry. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” So thus the many different methods of securing the flower together.
You can re-use the flower for gifts, or wear it as a brooch to add a pop of color to your wardrobe.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. It’s my first tutorial, I apologize if something doesn’t make sense. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.
Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.