How to sew a beaded watermelon brooch

Enjoy a taste of summer all year round with Juliet Bawden's good-enough-to-eat melon badge made with seed beads.

How to sew a beaded watermelon badge

You will need

  • Small piece of white calico or cotton to fit in the hoop
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Square of green felt
  • Erasable fabric marker
  • Beading needle
  • Seed beads in white, two shades of green, red and black
  • Fabric glue
  • Safety pin
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit
  • A template: download the Simply Sewing issue 59 templates for this template

Cutting out

Step 1

Download, print and cut out the watermelon template: you’ll need to download the issue 59 templates.

Step 2

Cut a circle of calico slightly larger than the embroidery frame and fit it in the frame.

Step 3

Using the template, draw the watermelon onto the calico.

water melon template shape drawn on calico

Step 4

From the green felt cut a pin tab: 2 x 2.5cm (¾ x 1in).

Making the brooch

Step 1

Stitch a line of dark green beads on the outside of the shape. Inside this, stitch a line of lighter green beads, then a line of white beads.

Lines of green and white beads stitched onto calico

Step 2

Starting at the bottom edge of the melon, sew lines of red beads in a fan shape so that they reach from the bottom edge to the line of white beads. Add black beads to the ‘seed’ markings. Fill in any space using red beads.

seed beads sewn on to calico

Step 3

Remove the frame. Dab fabric glue around the outer edge. This will prevent the beading falling apart in the next step.

fabric glue applied to calico

Step 4

Cut the brooch out of the calico and lay it on a piece of green felt. Using an erasable fabric marker, draw around the brooch onto the felt and cut out. Stick the felt to the back of the brooch using fabric glue. Sew around the edge with a line of running stitches.

felt backing applied to calico using fabric glue

Step 5

Sew the pin tab onto the centre back of the brooch. Sandwich the safety pin between the tab and the brooch back to finish.

safety pin attached to back of badge

Designer Juliet Bawden has written a variety of craft and design books. See more of her sewing projects at and on Instagram @juliet_bawden.

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