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a flower brooch for you favorite mom

felt dahlia flower pin for mothers day

Holidash asked me to create something for Mother’s Day and I came up with this felt dahlia flower brooch. It’s got a secret on the back, you’ll have to go see to find out what it is, and how to make one (or many) for your favorite mom.

update: I have put together a few notes on what I learned after making about a dozen of these and how flowers made by others turned out (wonderfully!).

Note, February 2014: The Holidash website shut down earlier this year so I’ve reposted the tutorial, all the links above go to it’s new location here on Not Martha.

· comments [71] · 04-23-2010 · categories:craft ·

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jen // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    that’s gorgeous! I would recommend trying rubber cement/contact cement. Since you apply it and let it dry before sticking the pieces together, you won’t have to weigh down the folds, because the dried tacky surfaces stick and hold right away.

  • 2 Shelley Noble // Apr 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    That’s absolutely gorgeous. The tutorial is perfect. You are so talented, Megan!

  • 3 Heather // Apr 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I LOVE these! I think I might make them for my bridesmaids, mother, and MIL-to-be for my rehearsal dinner. Thank you!

  • 4 regan // Apr 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, that is awesome. I wonder if Truman is too young to play with glue to make me one.

  • 5 Pink Blog Girl // Apr 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    These are really cute :)

  • 6 Anke // Apr 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me. Yours was the first blog I ever read…back in 2001 or so? I’m still hooked. Thank you.

  • 7 katy // Apr 24, 2010 at 1:35 am

    This is absolutely amazing. Love the secret pocket in the back. So very clever!

  • 8 Alicia // Apr 24, 2010 at 4:30 am

    This is so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m putting this on my crafty to do list.

  • 9 Elaine // Apr 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

    That is totally cool! It looks like something that I could truly DO and have it come out looking great like yours~~ Excellent instructions and photos…thank you soooo much!

  • 10 Emma // Apr 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Such a great project!
    I’m in a fairly rural area with limited access to art & craft supplies–no fabri-tac–so for a little extra effort, do you think it would work to tack the petals with a stitch? I might give it a try…

  • 11 Rebecca // Apr 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    So pretty. I want to make one right now!

  • 12 Chari // Apr 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Since I live in Seattle and you live in Seattle, how about if I just pay you to make me one of these beautiful brooches :) It is fantastic!

  • 13 megan // Apr 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I tacked my petals with a straight pin to hold them while the glue set and it was really successful! It also held the nice petal shape better than weighing them down (some of those got flattened). I hot glued the petals to the base and it came out beautifully!

  • 14 Seanna Lea // Apr 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    That is stunning. I love how bold it looks with the red.

  • 15 Asun // Apr 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Megan tu Dalia es espectacular, me encanta el cariño con el que la has echo y el detalle de detrás para guardar la foto es fantástico.
    Enhorabuena desde Megustaloquehaces.
    Un saludo.

  • 16 betz // Apr 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    love it! such a sweet idea and great tutorial! One random question, what is the sweater is the final photo? it looks to die for.

  • 17 OnJewels // Apr 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I love love love the color and the secret pocket idea. Any mom would be truly lucky to receive this for Mother’s day. I will be linking to it!

  • 18 Jen // Apr 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I have felt on its way to me by mail! (could only find truly dreadful polyester stuff locally) can’t wait to make this.

  • 19 Seattlejo // Apr 27, 2010 at 8:25 am

    fabulous. I think I’m going to go search out materials and make these for my friends for graduation.

  • 20 megan // Apr 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Aw, thanks so much everybody for the compliments, these turned out better than I had hoped for.

    Betz – Thanks! It’s a wrap sweater from Target :) I got it a few seasons ago, they don’t have them any longer. It think it was Merona brand.

    Megan – Did the hot glue make the whole thing heavy? I don’t have a hot glue gun, and didn’t want to suggest anybody go out and buy one for the sake of this project.

    Emma – You certainly could tack the petals with a stitch. I found it hard to push through the glue, but if you’re determined it wouldn’t be too bad.

    Jen – Rubber cement I’m afraid would be awfully messy and maybe heavy?

    Jen – I’ve found a few polyester felts that aren’t too bad in the red spectrum. The greens seem to be very cheap/shiny looking though.

  • 21 Jen // Apr 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I use rubber cement on everything at work, but I work with thicker and sometimes heavier materials, so I don’t tend to notice the weight. When my felt gets here, I’ll be trying it out, so I’ll let you know about the weight.

    It’s not as mess as you’d think, because after you dab it on with a brush or other tool, you let it dry before handling it. Plus, if it gets on your hands, it rubs off easily once it’s dried a bit, especially if you moisturized beforehand.

    Of course, there’s a lot of variation from formulation to formulation, so ymmv.

  • 22 megan // Apr 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Jen – Ok, cool. My only experience with rubber cement is with the pots that come with that large, coarse brush so I skipped over it as a possibility. Please do let me know how it goes if you get a chance!

  • 23 Jen // Apr 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I ordered my felt from (saw it recommended at How About Orange,) by the way. The horrid local stuff had really limited colours and you had to buy several sheets of the same colour in a pack, so by ordering, even with a minimum order of $9, it was a much better option since I could get a variety of wool blend colours to try.

  • 24 megan // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

    The hot glue probably made it heavier than it would have otherwise been, but it’s still lightweight enough to wear on a normal fabric. I was concerned about not being able to set the fabri-tac without squishing my whole flower. Maybe I’ll experiment today!

  • 25 ELee // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Absolutely love this and am making one for my mom and mother-in-law. Thanks so much for the great instructions. So easy to follow. Thanks!

  • 26 Karen // Apr 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    My favorite flower is the dahlia, so of course I fell in love with this when I saw it on Holidash. I work for Beacon, the makers of Fabri Tac, so this was doubly cool.
    We asked permission and put up a link on our Facebook page-I made a dahlia too. I used clothespins and paper clips to hold the petals while they dried. Both worked well. Thanks for such a great tutorial!

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  • 28 ansley // May 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I made one! I used a wool/rayon felt and Aleene’s quick dry tacky glue. Link to a photo of it is here:
    Thank you!!!

  • 29 Rose // May 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I made 3 of these today…they were easier than they looked and turned out beautifully! I made one for Grams, one for Mom and one for me! I put a hair clip on the back of mine in addition to the pin, so I had wearing options. I used hot glue and it worked well (once I picked all of the dang stringy glue bits off). Thanks! I can’t wait to give them to my Mommas! oxoxo

  • 30 Nicola // May 3, 2010 at 1:59 am

    This is an absolutely amazing tutorial, I can’t wait to try it.

    Hope you don’t mind if I blog it?

  • 31 Lassie // May 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, just beautiful! and clever. I loved the little pocket for a picture in the back.

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  • 33 Christa // May 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve made four so far one for each of my girlfriends, a present from one mom to another.

  • 34 Jen // May 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    reporting back on the contact cement:
    I tried to buy my own contact cement, and the store down the street (the one with the horrid felt) only had “wet mount,” no “dry mount” type rubber cement, which is the kind I was describing where you let it dry before sticking together, so I made one at home with tacky glue, and one staying late after work with contact cement.

    Perhaps fabri-tac holds better, but I didn’t really trust the tacky glue to hold the petals on the base, so I hand stitched them too. I especially had trouble with the third tier popping up off the wet glue.

    The one I made at work, I machine stitched the petals to the base in addition to gluing. It does weigh more, (and has loads more petals since I cut them narrower after the first one,) but it’s still plenty light to wear. even though I was going to sew, I definitely like not having to hold things down while glue sets, so I continue to love contact cement for everything, even if it’s sort of just to baste.

    (first flower was 12, 9, 7 petals, and second one was 14, 14, 12!)

    However, these take too much time for my initial ambition of one each for mom, mother in law, both grandmas, and 2 aunts suddenly coming to town for their moms/my grandmas! Therefore, some are going to get roses from this tutorial from Purl Bee (via How about Orange)

  • 35 megan // May 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Jen – Yes, I found that the Fabri-tac held better than the Tacky Glue. I’m sorry you had so much trouble getting the petals to stick. I found that cutting the petals narrower make them much harder to form before attaching to the base, the number of ones you used for your second flower makes me think you must have worked really hard! See my follow up post, I found that using clothespins to hold the petals while the adhesive set worked really well and sped the process up quite a bit. That Purl Bee barrette tutorial is fantastic, I consider it a new classic of sorts.

  • 36 Jen // May 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I didn’t actually have a problem forming the narrower petals, since the contact cement holds instantly. I just rolled it so the edges met and pinched. reminded me of rolling ones tongue :P

    I also didn’t use any card to stiffen the bases.

    Anyway, here are my dahlias, hastily photographed in bad lighting:

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  • 38 Cristina // May 10, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Wow!!!! Wonderful, amazing. I loved it…. Congratulations!!!!
    Would be possible you teache to do it step by step? the number of petals, the measure and the shape… Thank you!!!
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  • 39 alexandria // May 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    wow, this is beautiful! i love the idea of the secret pocket in the back. i am so making this!

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  • 41 KRISTINE // May 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Making a ring bearers pillow for my step-daughters wedding…used your petals cut a little sharper in yellow for the sunflower, which is her flower…I have no idea how to send you a picture except to email it to you from my phone. Not finished yet but it looks awesome. Will try to figure out how to send a picture of the finished project. Thanks for a great idea!

  • 42 KRISTINE // Jun 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Ok, finished the dahlia-inspired, sunflower ring bearers pillow– here’s a link that I think will get you to a picture of it.

    It was gorgeous with the blue bridesmaid dresses and yellow sunflower bouquets. Thanks again!

  • 43 Anna // Jul 23, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Es precioso el broche, muy detallado y elaborado… auntentico.

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  • 46 Lynnea // Apr 26, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I may have to go buy some felt and make this for my Grandma for Mothers day. She loves wearing pins on her coat to church! I may also try it with some suede I have from recycled clothing

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  • 48 Darlene // Aug 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Saw this on You Can Make this — does your paid version on there have tips you don’t share in this free version?

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  • 50 Teresa // Sep 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    I used hot glue and acrylic felt. I also made a two-toned flower. Id like to try a smaller version next time.
    here’s mine:

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    I used this as inspiration to make some felt flowers and they turned out beautifully. I skipped the Fabric Tac because I didn’t have any and used hot glue instead. It worked great. I posted all the details as well as a template for the petals I used here:
    I also linked to your awesome tutorial!

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  • 55 Laurie // Nov 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    LOVE this idea! In fact, love this so much that I’m featuring it on my Blogger’s Thanksgiving Top Ten blog post today:
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  • 57 Marquette // Jan 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I saw this and fell in love with so I decided to try it for my first felt flower:) I think I did pretty well even though mine came out looking more like a poinsetta than a dahlia:D LOL! I will try to do better!!

  • 58 Linda L. // Feb 29, 2012 at 3:23 am

    This is brilliant, Megan! It would be a great gift for a Mum who’s allergic to flowers – usually they get left out. Plus it’ll keep longer than the real thing!
    It would also be great for someone in a nursing where live flowers are sometimes not allowed.

  • 59 Emilia Brasier // Mar 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    These are so pretty, they would be great as decorations.

  • 60 Lenore // Apr 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I feel silly! I thought it was a macaroni craft (my kindergarten teacher mind is working hard). I can’t believe it’s felt. Gorgeous.

  • 61 Flávia // May 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

    My daughter surprised me with one of these that she made for me for Mother’s Day. It is gorgeous!

  • 62 Lisa // Jun 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I love these! I’ve been obsessing since I saw them, and I turned them into a smaller hair clip. Thank you for sharing!

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  • 65 Shannon // Jul 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Such a beautiful piece. I’ve completed one from craft store felt and one from paper. Although they are not as symmetrical as pictured- they are gorgeous! Now let’s see if I can get the symmetrical thing down! :D

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  • 67 Dea // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Oh, thanks a bunch for the tutorial! I’ve been looking for dahlia tutorial and I found this. With glue is a lot faster, but you’re right; it can take a while to set up the glue (plus, my glue gun is somewhat a disaster). I think I’d try to sew it. Again, thanks a lot. Great post :)

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  • 69 Ivy // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Megan! Absolutely love this dahlia brooch flower and have been saving this project for a rainy day but I notice that the original link to the tutorial is no longer available on the Holidash website. Is there another link available?

  • 70 megan // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Ivy – Thanks for the heads up! If the project doesn’t pop up over there in the next few days I’m going to post it here, with a quick update to boot. Sorry about the inconvenience in the mean time!

  • 71 Ivy // Feb 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Hi Megan,

    Appreciate your quick response, but the link is still not working. Let me know if you decide to post the link here.

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