This felt embroidery project is inspired by the 1960s and 70s wallpaper that I remember as a child. I applied this simple technique of creating motifs with felt and embroidery to the cover of a needle case and a small pin cushion. 70s wallpaper often features yellows and oranges but I wanted to use a wider range of colours.
I went through my scrap fabrics and picked a vibrant colour scheme so it’s very easy. All I did was cut out some shapes and layer them on top of each other.
If you’ve watched any of my other videos, you’ll know that I’m a fan of using up scrap fabric and this is a great way of doing it. So what I did was cut out several shapes in different colours and layered them up on top of each other. I positioned them on top of the fabric to see what it looked like.
The fun bit is to add some sequins.
I poured them out on the desk and I decided what looked best in the centre of each flower shape.
I sewed a sequin in the centre of each flower shape or motif and this was a good way of holding all the layers together.
I did this for each flower before I attached it to the cover of the needle case. If you do it this way, you can see what your design looks like before permanently attaching each motif to the cover.
Next I added some French knots around the sides and I did this in a contrasting colour. I also added some sequins around the side. You can do whatever you like. You can add as much as you want or as little as you want and then eventually I decided I wanted a smaller motif.
When I was happy with the colours and the shapes I put them on top of the needle case just to see how they looked. I added outline stitch and lazy daisy or part of the lazy daisy stitch to add some leaves.
When all the embroidery is finished and the motifs are attached to the front, you can create the pin cushion and the needle case.