Button brooches

A few weeks ago I read a lovely post written by Pippin Run Wild (don’t you love her blog name?). In it she describes cutting up an old napkin, to make a pretty brooch, after hesitating  for a while about possibly ruining it. You can read her post here.

Pippin inspired me to cut up an old stained napkin I had thrifted and turn it into a self covered button brooch. Once I’d made one, I became addicted and next made a brooch from an old pillowcase, adding some embroidery of my own. Finally, my mind turned to owls (as it often does), and I embroidered an old gingham tablecloth. I must say, I really like the way they turned out and have plans to make more. It’s a wonderful way of using stained or holey old linen to make something beautiful and new. I’ve put them in my shop, but I think I will almost feel sad to see them go….

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Old stained napkin turned into a pretty brooch.

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Just the thing to brighten up a jacket.

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A vintage pillow case embroidered and upcycled into a groovy flower brooch.

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Hoot hoot!

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Hmmn, I really can’t decide which is my favourite…


44 thoughts on “Button brooches

  1. What a great idea! I have oh such a lot of old linen (most is genuinely vintage — complete with genuinely vintage stains)… and I don’t have the heart to throw it all out. I’ve started using some as ‘canvases’ for paintings but I LOVE the idea of using some for brooches. Thanks, Jen.

    • I think it’s a nice way of preserving the special bit of the linen without it clogging up the cupboards. Using it as a canvas is a great idea. I’ve used little off cuts in my paintings but not as a whole canvas, I didn’t think of that!

  2. Oo lovely Jen ! You always give your owls so much character with their expressions 🙂 What you manage to do with a pair of eyes and a V shaped beak Lol . As much expression as the creator Dick Bruna and his rabbit Miffy… a pair of eyes and an X 🙂

  3. Oh, these are beautiful! I especially love the little owls, they’re so characterful and sweet. I’m so flattered you were inspired by my post. 🙂 I’m so often inspired to get making by all your stories, ideas, photos, paintings, and – of course – owls! The last few weeks have been a bit hectic – I can’t wait to get the fabric and the scissors out again! 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! Thank you for your lovely comment about my stories and work, it made me feel very special :). I know what you mean about missing having time to make all the things you have in your head, if only we could just make!

  4. Love the idea of using the embroidery! I see so many cute little corners of hankies or ruined napkins and wonder what other purpose they could serve. And thanks for the link to Pippin Gone Wild. I like what she did and I love that you took it in another direction altogether and that you gave her credit. Nice one.

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