New to sewing? Try this super simple brooch project to get the hang of gathering, back stitches and ruffles..
Once you’ve made this simple brooch, you’ll be using any offcuts you have to make more. It’s the perfect beginner project and can be stitched in just a few minutes – just the thing if you want a quick sewing fix. Make one using your free fabric in Simply Sewing 1 then show us your version using #simplysewingmag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
You will need:
- Brooch template
- 3 pieces of polka dot fabric (free in Simply Sewing 1) or any offcuts, 7 x 45cm, 7 x 30cm and 7 x 15cm
- Sewing needle
- Black sewing thread
To make the brooch, cut strips of fabric to measure 7 x 45cm, 7 x 30cm and 7 x 15cm.
Take one strip of fabric, and place it with the patterned side down on your ironing board. Fold down 1cm along each edge of the strip and press with an iron.
Hand stitch close to the edge of each fold to hold the folds in place.
Thread your needle with a knotted length of thread. Along one long edge, sew a loose running stitch by hand. Do not trim your thread at the end, just leave it loose.
Holding the loose end of thread, push the fabric down toward the knotted end, forming a gather. Note: we used a contrasting thread so you can see our stitches, but it’s best if you use a co-ordinating thread.
Make a few backstitches, using the loose end of thread, to join the two ends of the gathered strip. Repeat steps 2-7 with each of the other two strips to form three rings.
Stack the gathered rings on top of each other. Stitch the rings together in the centre to form the brooch.
Stitch the brooch directly onto a top or jacket, or attach a brooch pin to the back so you can move it around.
Don this chic brooch or gift to a friend! Get your copy of Simply Sewing issue one from large supermarket stores like ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Tesco to make more accessories to match your brooch using your free fabric inside.