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DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

We are obsessed with Laura Howard‘s latest creation: Plant Lady brooches! Perfect handmade flair to show off your plant lady status or a fabulous gift – Mother’s Day is just around the corner and let’s not forget it! Over to you, Laura…

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

Add a bit of plant lady style to your outfits with these fun felt brooches! There’s an embroidered “plant lady” badge, a cute cactus and a massive monstera leaf.

These leafy designs would make great gifts for the plant-lovers in your life. You could also leave off the brooch backs and use the designs as patches to sew on your rucksack, jacket, or other items that don’t need regular washing.

Finished sizes:

Monstera – 3.5″ x 2.75″
Plant Lady – 2.25″ round
Cactus 2.75″ x 2″

Tools & Materials:

The template sheet provided
Evergreen, Grassy Meadows, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, and Cotton Candy wool blend felt
Matching sewing threads
Light green, mid green, dark green, light pink and white embroidery thread (I used DMC 699 for the dark green, DMC 905 for the mid green, DMC 907 for the light green, DMC 603 for the pink, and DMC BLANC for the white.)
Brooch clasps
White tissue paper
A pencil or fine pen
A sewing needle and pins
Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
Optional: an air erasable fabric marker
DIY Embroidered cactus brooch tutorialTo make a cactus brooch:

Use the templates provided to cut one green cactus from bright green felt, one plant pot from light pink felt, and one heart from bright pink felt.

One by one, sew the shapes to a backing piece of dark green felt. Use whip stitch and matching thread, taking care to sew the bottom edge of the cactus and the top edge of the plant pot flush with each other.

Add the stitched spines to the cactus, sewing lots of single stitches with two strands of white embroidery thread (out of the six strands in the skein).

Cut a small flower from fuchsia felt. You can carefully cut this freehand, or draw a flower on the felt with an air erasable marker pen and cut it out. Sew the flower in position with three strands of light pink embroidery thread, sewing one stitch along each petal as shown.

Trim away the backing felt, leaving a narrow border around the cactus design. Then use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching backing piece from dark green felt.

DIY Embroidered Cactus brooch tutorial

Turn over the backing shape. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

 

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorialTo make a Plant Lady brooch:

Trace the brooch design onto a piece of white tissue paper, with a sharp pencil or a fine pen. Roughly cut out the design and sew it to a piece of light pink felt with large tacking stitches.

Embroider the lettering and the outlines of the leaves with backstitch, sewing small stitches as you sew around the curves. Use three strands of dark green embroidery thread (from a skein of six strands) for the lettering, and two strands of mid green thread for the leaves.

Remove the tacking stitches and gently tear away the tissue paper, carefully removing any remaining small pieces of paper with a pin.

Fill in the leaves with two strands of light green embroidery thread, as shown.

Trace the circular brooch shape onto a piece of white tissue paper and cut it out. Position this over your stitching so it’s centred and pin it in place. Cut around the circle then unpin and discard the tissue paper.

Place the felt circle on a piece of bright green felt and whip stitch it in position with matching pink sewing thread.

Trim the green felt, leaving a narrow border around the pink circle. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of bright green felt.

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooch tutorial

Turn the backing piece over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

 

DIY Embroidered monstera brooch tutorialTo make a monstera leaf brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out a monstera leaf from mid green felt. Place it on a piece of light pink felt and sew it in position with whip stitch and matching mid green sewing thread.

Embroider the veins of the leaf, using the photo and the drawing on the template as a guide. Use backstitch and three strands of mid-green embroidery thread (from the six strands in the skein). Start by sewing the central line down the middle of the leaf then add the other lines.

Trim the backing felt, leaving a narrow border of felt around the leaf. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of pink felt.

DIY Embroidered Monstera Brooch tutorial

Turn the backing shape over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

Show off your Plant Lady brooches with the hashtag #thevillagehaberdashery so we can see what you make!

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

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Pun-tastic Valentine’s Cards DIY

We are getting into the Valentine’s crafting spirit hard in our shop, and Laura Howard is helping spread the love with some fab tutorials. Read on to find out how to make these truly wonderful pun-tastic Valentines for someone you love! Thanks, Laura!

Pun-Tastic Valentines DIY

Today I’m sharing templates for making cute and colourful Valentine’s Day cards inspired by silly puns. BEE mine, I’m PINE-ing for you, You make me HOPPY – whichever card (or cards) you choose, I hope you’ll have fun making these!

Pun-Tastic Valentines Cards

All these cards were made using the fab Super Colour 60 paper pad, which includes loads of great shades for all your paper crafting projects. Each pad includes a mix of light and heavy weight paper/card – I used the thick sheets for the cards themselves then cut out the shapes making up each design from the lighter weight paper. The lighter weight paper is also great for making coordinating envelopes.

You could also decorate a pack of blank cards and matching envelopes, or cut all the shapes from white paper and use colouring pencils, pens or even paints to add colour.

Tools and Materials:
The printable PDF template sheets.
Coloured paper and card – I used the Super Colour 60 paper pad.
Scissors
A sharp pencil and an eraser
A fine black pen
A ruler
Felt tip pens or markers
A glue stick
Optional: scrap paper to protect your workspace.

To make each card:
1. Cut your chosen A4 card sheet in half then fold it in half to make a blank card to decorate. An easy way to do this is to fold a plain piece of A4 paper in half and use that as a guide to help you quickly draw a pencil line down the centre of the card. Carefully cut along the line then fold the card in half.

2. Use the templates provided and the instructions below to cut out all the pieces of coloured paper required to make up your chosen design. To cut out each shape, turn the template over and place it on the paper you’ve chosen. Use a sharp pencil to carefully trace around the paper template then cut out the shape and turn it over, leaving you with a finished shape with no visible pencil lines.

3. Arrange the pieces on the card and glue them in position using a glue stick. When gluing paper pieces, I like to turn the shapes over and place them face down on a piece of scrap paper – this way you can apply the glue right up to the edges of the shapes without worrying about getting glue on the table.

4. Use a fine black pen (or felt tips, as required) to add any necessary details to the design.

5. Finish the card by adding the pun-tastic message. For extra neatness, write the message in pencil first to plan the position and spacing of your words then write over the top in pen and erase the pencil once the ink has completely dried.

Pun-tastic Valentine's Cards A

You’re the apple of my eye.
Cut one red apple, one brown apple stalk, and one green apple leaf. Glue the apple then the stalk and leaf then use a fine black pen to draw a line down the centre of the leaf.

I’m pine-ing for you.
Cut one dark green pine tree and one brown tree trunk. Glue the pieces to the card.

You’re just my cup of tea.
Cut one pink or red heart and one cup in a contrasting colour (I chose bright blue). To cut out the hole inside the handle of the cup, cut through the shape at the top or bottom where the handle joins the bowl of the cup. Glue the cup then add the heart. If you want you can also use a fine black pen to draw wavy steam lines rising from the cup, or to add extra decorative details to the cup.

You’re purrrrrfect.
Cut one cat in a colour of your choice (I chose orange), two bright pink cat eyes, two pale pink cat ears (one left and one right) and one pale pink cat nose. I gave my cat heart eyes to be like the cat emoji, but if you prefer you can cut normal eyes for your cat. Glue the cat face to the card then add the small pieces. Use a fine black pen to give the cat whiskers and a smile (and, if needed, pupils for the eyes).

Bee mine.
Cut one yellow bee, one white bee wings, one flower (I chose lilac for this), one contrasting flower centre (I chose a bright orange), one pink flower heart, and two green leaves (one left and one right). Add a small bit of glue to the bottom of the wings, and stick them to the back of the bee, so the curved wings stick out as shown. Glue the flower then add the bee, flower centre, heart and leaves. If you find cutting out the small heart piece tricky, you can draw a heart with a pink pen instead! Use a green felt tip pen to draw the flower stalk, and a fine black pen to add stripes, a stinger and a smiley face to the bee.

You make me hoppy.
Cut one grey bunny, two pale pink bunny ears (one left and one right), two white bunny eyes, and one pink bunny nose. Glue the bunny face then add the small shapes. Use a fine black pen to give the bunny a smile, small whiskers, and big teeth, and to add pupils to the eyes.

Pun-tastic Valentine's Cards C

I’d be lost without you.
Cut one compass outer circle from a dark colour (I chose dark brown), one compass inner circle from a pale colour (I chose pale blue), and one compass points piece from a bold colour (I chose blue). Glue the outer circle to the card then add the inner circle so it’s centred on the larger shape. Then add the compass points in the middle and use a pen to draw four lines and the North, East, South, West markers.

I love you sew much.
Cut one bright thread piece (I chose bright pink), two bright buttons (I chose turquoise and lilac) and the top and bottom of the spool in white, cream or pale brown. Glue the thread and buttons, position the top and bottom spool pieces so they slightly overlap the thread, and then glue the spool pieces in place. Use a fine black pen to add detail to the top of the spool and the buttons, and to draw a sewing needle. Then use a felt tip pen matching your chosen thread colour to draw a curving line of thread running from the thread shape and through the eye of the needle.

I’m sweet on you.
Cut three sweets in assorted bright colours (I chose purple, orange and pink). Glue them to the card and use a fine black pen to draw a wrapper around each sweet.

Pun-tastic Valentine's cards D

I think you’re egg-cellent
Cut one white egg white, and one yellow egg yolk. Glue the egg white, add the egg yolk and use a fine black pen to give the yolk a smiley face.

I only have eyes for you
Cut one alien in a bright colour (I chose lime green) and lots of white eyes. Glue the alien to the card, then arrange the eyes and stick them in place. Use a fine black pen to give the alien a smile and to add a pupil to each eye.

You’re a-maze-ing.
Cut one maze from your chosen colour (I used pink). Glue it to the card then use a ruler to mark out the maze lines, using the template or the photo as a guide. You can draw the lines directly with a fine black pen, or draw them in pencil first then draw over them with pen when you’re happy with the design. Don’t forget to draw the lines around the outside of the maze, leaving a gap or to for the maze entrance(s)! Then cut a bright pink heart and stick it in the middle of the maze, or use a pink felt tip pen to draw a heart instead.

If you follow this tutorial to make any Valentines, please share them on Instagram and tag #thevillagehaberdashery so we can see your awesome work!

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Tutorial! Vegan leather necklace

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the final of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use a chain from an old necklace, or a length of ribbon, to make a bold geometric necklace. Use the templates provided or get creative and draw your own design!

To make this necklace you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The necklace template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching felt (I used baby blue) and sewing thread
* A necklace chain or a length of ribbon

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the necklace:

Use the templates provided to cut out pieces A to F from the synthetic leather. Place the paper templates on the back of the leather, trace around them using an air-erasable fabric marker or a felt tip pen then cut out the shape using sewing scissors.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew the pieces together using whip stitch and matching sewing thread (I used blue thread throughout). Start with the smallest pieces, sewing piece A to piece B then piece B to piece C and so on, so you’re only stitching through two layers of the leather at a time.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once you’ve sewn all the pieces together, use the leather shape as a template to cut out a matching piece of felt for the back of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the felt and leather together then use sewing thread (in the same colour as before) to sew along the top edge, joining the layers together. Place the middle of your necklace chain (or ribbon) between the two layers, so it will be held in place when you sew around the rest of the necklace shape. Make sure there are even lengths of chain (or ribbon) sticking out from each side of the necklace.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Blanket stitch around the rest of the necklace – making sure you don’t let the chain or ribbon slip out as you sew.

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

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A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the December wreath (so sorry this one is a little late) in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her embroidered snowflakes wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

The final wreath in this seasonal series is a little bit late (sorry!) but hopefully worth the wait. You could make it as a winter wreath to add a bit of sparkle to these dark and gloomy days, or stitch it ready for next Christmas!

This month’s wreath features embroidered snowflakes, silver sequins and seed beads, and some fabulous metallic thread. As well as making the full wreath, you could also use the snowflake embroidery patterns to sew felt snowflake ornaments, stitch a snowflake in a small embroidery hoop or sew snowflakes onto anything you fancy!

You will need:
*The pattern sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Dark blue yarn to wrap the wreath (I used 2 balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy)
*Navy blue wool blend felt
*White stranded embroidery thread
*Gutermann Metallic Effect Thread (shade 41)
*Assorted silver sequins and beads
*Sewing thread (any colour)
*Tissue paper
*A biro or other fine point pen
*Sewing scissors
*A sewing needle and pins
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:
1. Start by embroidering the snowflakes: one of each design included on the pattern sheet. Trace the snowflake patterns onto tissue paper with a biro or other fine pen then cut them out as shown.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

2. Tack each paper pattern to a piece of dark blue felt, using sewing thread and a few large stitches. Keep your stitches clear of the pattern so they’ll be easy to remove later.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

3. Stitch the snowflakes with white stranded embroidery thread, using backstitch and three of the six strands. When stitching, take care not to trail threads near the edges of the pattern and across gaps where you’ll be cutting later.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

4. Remove the tacking threads and carefully tear away the tissue paper to reveal the stitched designs. Use a pin to remove the smaller pieces of paper from the stitches – this is a bit fiddly, so take your time.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

5. Wrap the wreath base with dark blue yarn. I used two balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to the second ball when needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

6. Now it’s time to add some sparkle! Tie the loose end of the metallic thread to the wreath base, knotting it securely at the back. Then wrap the thread around the wreath, creating a pattern of silver lines on the dark background. I worked my way around the wreath twice, adding a second set of lines between the ones shown in the first picture but you can add all the lines in one go if you prefer. When you’ve finished adding silver thread, tie a knot securely at the back and trim any loose ends of thread.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

7. Cut out the embroidered snowflakes.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

8. Arrange the snowflakes on the wreath base, as shown, and pin them in position.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

9. Cut a long piece of the metallic thread. Tie one end of the thread to the wreath base close to one of the outermost snowflakes, knotting it securely at the back.

Thread a sewing needle with the loose end then gradually wrap this thread around the wreath, filling in the gaps between the lines of thread already in place and adding beads and sequins to the thread as you work. I added 1-3 embellishments per line, covering the front of the wreath with an even but random-looking spread of beads and sequins.

When the thread is running out use the sewing needle to sew into the yarn at the back of the wreath a few times to secure the thread, then knot it securely and trim any excess.

Repeat this process to gradually cover the wreath base with sparkles.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Once you reach the snowflakes again, wrap the thread underneath the snowflakes and add just a few beads and sequins in the gaps between them.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

10. One by one, glue the snowflakes to the wreath. Begin by moving the pin to one half of the snowflake, lift the other half of the snowflake up then apply glue underneath it. I added glue to the snowflake itself but you could add the glue to the wreath base instead. Carefully press that section of the snowflake in position on the wreath, remove the pin then glue the other half.
I glued my snowflakes so they curve slightly around the shape of the wreath base. For a different look, just add one dab of glue to the centre of each snowflake so the edges remain unattached.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura HowardHang the finished wreath directly from a hook or a nail, or hang it using a leftover piece of the dark blue yarn.

Thanks Laura!

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Tutorial! Vegan leather lightning bolt brooch

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

This bold lightning bolt brooch would look great pinned to a black coat or sweater! You can also follow these steps to make brooches using the star templates, or any other shape you fancy.

To make this brooch you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The brooch template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* Matching sewing thread
* Coordinating felt
* A brooch clasp

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

 

To make the brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out the bolt shape from yellow or metallic leather. Turn the template over and place it on the back of the leather, draw around it with a pen then cut it out with sewing scissors. Then place the bolt on a backing piece of contrasting leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to sew the bolt to the backing leather.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Cut out the bolt, leaving a border framing the shape.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching piece of felt. Turn the felt shape over and add a brooch clasp. Sew the clasp in place securely with a double thickness of matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew the edges together with blanket stitch and matching sewing thread.

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

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