Makers, let’s take over Valentine’s Day (we’ve got loads of Valentines Day crafts ideas here on Gathered) and make handmade gifts for our BFFs ’cause they deserve it. Having a GALentine’s night? A craft night? Or just a rainy day in with your stash? Gather your scrap fabrics and felt – those Liberty remnants, too – and stitch up this cute squirrel brooch, designed by The Felted Fox, over a glass of bubbly. Nicole has given us these adorable felt brooch templates so you can whip up as many as you like!
These brooches make great gifts for kids, too. Here’s Nicole on how she came to making these critters…
You will need:
- Felt brooch templates
- Grey felt
- White felt
- Grey, white and red thread
- Toy stuffing
- Brooch pin or safety pin
Please note: this pattern is for domestic use only and cannot be used commercially or sold.
DIY felt squirrel brooch
This tutorial uses a few embroidery stitches. If you’re new to embroidery head to our embroidery for beginners guide which will teach you all the basics stitches you need for your squirrel brooch.
You Will Need
- Toy stuffing
Print pattern and cut out the felt brooch templates.
Cut felt according to template.
Sew the white cheek piece onto the face.
With right sides facing, sew the top and sides of head – do not sew the ears or the bottom of head yet.
Turn felt right side out and stitch the eyes, nose, mouth, a few running stitches across the forehead and little hearts on ears. Your squirrel brooch is starting to take shape!
Stitch around the edge of the ears and trim any excess.
Stuff the squirrel head with toy stuffing and sew the bottom closed.
Stitch the brooch pin to the back of the squirrel’s head.
And you’re done! Give these little squirrel brooches your little ones on Valentine’s Day, and, if you have the time, make extras for them to share with their BFF’s. For more cute animal sewing projects make sure you check out our rabbit sewing pattern and our free owl sewing pattern.
Meet the Maker
For more sewing tutorials and crafting inspiration, head over to The Felted Fox. Nicole has also released her first pop icon doll pattern, the 80s-era Madonna, at her Etsy store. Soon she’ll release patterns for her David Bowie doll, Purple Rain Prince and much more, so stay tuned. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.