This is the ideal handcraft to preserve the essence of sentimental embroidered family heirlooms.  The table cloth with a mould stain, or frayed serviettes make ideal material. If you’re clearing out and nobody wants Granny’s linen – why not make each member of the family a linen brooch for Christmas!

Below are both pictoral and video instructions for you to follow!

How to create your own Linen Brooch

You will need:

  •  A piece of embroidered linen, that you are able to cut up.  You will need motifs of a suitable size, edged in satin stitch to prevent fraying.
  • A small piece of felt approx 2cm X 2cm
  • A piece of felt just slightly larger than the motif you are using
  • A brooch pin
  • Good quality scissors
  • Needle and thread

Select a suitable piece of embroidery.  Carefully trim around the edges, being carful not to cut the embroidery stitches.  You may stitch together separate pieces of embroidery to create the motif you want.  Add additional decorative beads at this point if you like.

Securely stitch the brooch pin onto the small piece of felt.  Stitch this onto the back of the embroidery work by catching the underneath of the embroidery stitches.  Place the motif onto the larger piece of felt.  Push a pair of pins up through the felt and motif from underneath to mark the position of the brooch pin.

Using the pins to guide you, cut a slit in the felt for the brooch pin to fit through.  Place the felt under the motif.  Tack the motif onto the felt layer.  Trim the felt in line with the edge of the motif.  Blanket stitch around the edge to combine the layers.

Remove the tacking stitches and your brooch is ready to wear.  Now make a whole lot more!

Bonus Hints!

  • This linen brooch is gently washable. Hand wash and dry on a towel.
  • Did you know – the definition of a brooch is a small piece of jewellery which has a pin at the back so it can be fastened on a dress, blouse, or coat (Collins) It is connected to the word broach which means to pierce 
  • A few of these pictured brooches are for sale at The KZNSA Gallery Shop
  • Visit the Tutorial Section of Freshly found for more DIY