Hi crafters and fabric lovers, quilters and seamstresses, sewists and pattern makers, artists and designers!

Ok, so, continuing with using the new fabric available on Zazzle, below, I am going to show you how to take the 4 brooch panel part patterns that I uploaded onto the fat quarter of polyester poplin, next to the washable, fabric picture frame panel part patterns on the same fabric, available to buy here at http://www.zazzle.com/fabric_sewing_pattern_washable_photo_frame_brooch-256294574674149146 – you can also buy other fabric to use, to make washable, sewn, fabric, fashion brooch pins, using this tutorial, at http://zazzle.com/fabric?rf=238001022235983905

You are now going to be shown how to make a washable, sewn, fabric, fashion brooch pin – a costume jewelry accessory, with a removable, 1 3/4″ metal, bar pin back, held in place by the 2 holes on the finished back panel

The brooch is made of 4 panels, all backed with Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold, which is acid free, just to mention. It is a thicker fabric adhesive, fusbile web, that is paper back, and ironed onto the back of fabric panels. Used as the patterns, it gives structure to the finished fabric panel parts, keeping the corners from puckering, allowing the corners to stay 90 degrees and crisp, straight edges stay straight. I recommend Ultrahold versus Heat n Bond Lite, because this is a thicker fabric, and Lite is for thinner fabric. It can be bought at JoAnn Fabrics in increments of 1/8 yard up to 10 yards at a time, for $1.99 per yard – you’d only need 1/4″ yard, and it goes on sale for as much as 50% off, or use a store coupon for up to 50% off. Ultrahold can also be bought at Michaels, by the 17″ wide by 5 yard roll, $8.99 per roll, use a Michaels store coupon to save up to 50% off. AC Moore also carries the 5 yard roll, or you can buy Ultrahold at http://thermowebonline.com

With the 4 panels, you will take 2 panels to make the finished front panel, and 2 panels to make the finished back panel, which each have 2 holes, to hold in the pin back’s mechanisms on both ends. Each of the panels are marked which panel is used for which, with text identifying each, on their seam allowances, which will also have Ultrahold ironed to the back for all 4 panels, including all seam allowance sides, 4 seam allowance sides on each of the 4 panel parts. The finished front and finished back panels, when sewn together on 3 of the 4 sides, will have an opening, making a pocket for the slide out pin back.

Here is the tool and supplies list:

fabric scissors
embroidery scissors
– I bought mine at Michaels years ago for $5.40, Gingher brand – they are pointy tipped, perfect for cutting out the holes on the 2 back panels, poke inside the center, then cut out and around the circles’ edges gently
OPTIONAL- quality craft store hole puncher – I’d use the embroidery scissors, as this particular fabric is thick, and although the hole puncher can get through say apparel polyester lining fabric for special occasion dresses, this fabric though maybe too thick – the embroidery scissors should do the trick
hot glue sticks 2-3
low temp glue gun $4
pencil or pen & ruler – to cut Ultrahold to size, to iron onto fabric panel parts’ backsides
paper scissors to cut Ultrahold
sewing machine
2-3 extra denim weight machine needles (just in case – this fabric is one of the thicker kind)

NOTE: you can use hot glue sticks and the glue gun INSTEAD of sewing the panels, just dab a bit of glue on all 3 corners of each of the 3 panels, to keep the corners from fraying, then glue the 2 front panels together, glue the 2 back panels together, and then glue 3 of the 4 sides of the finished front panel to the finished back panel, allowing for an opening

Elmer’s glue and water 1 to 1 ratio (half and half roughly), use cheap paint brush and paint glue water combo around cut out holes on back panel, to “seal” the edges of the hole – the Ultrahold is very good at sealing the hole’s edges, though, so this is optional. You can iron the 2 back panels together, once their seam allowances on all 4 sides on each panel are folded under, and each panel are sewn – then iron them, print side facing out on each, of course. The Ultrahold ironed to each, now on the inside of them, will fuse together with them being ironed together – you can do this BEFORE you cut out the holes, to keep the holes evenly cut on both sides.

coordinating roll of thread – I’d use the fuschia Toldi Lock by Gutermanns, available at JoAnn Fabrics or at joann.com $4 a roll, use JoAnn 50% off store coupon or sale – or use Gutermann smaller role for under $2 per roll – this project doesn’t use much thread
Thermoweb Heat n Bond Ultrahold: 1/4 yard or 6″ x 6″ piece centered, and ironed on back of brooch panel fabric parts no more than $0.50
1 3/4″ stainless steel metal bar style pin back: sold in packs from 10 per pack, 44 per pack, 48 per pack at Michaels or AC Moore for under $4 per pack, use a store coupon or sale – under $0.10 per pin back


Ok, so here is the fat quarter print of polyster poplin with the 4 brooch panels in the upper right hand corner. You will wash your fabric with mild detergent, no fabric softner in cold water, delicate cycle, to get the sizing out, toss it in the dryer on low. It doesn’t need much ironing, but if you do, make sure that you use the lower heat setting, no steam, because it is polyester. Iron the Ultrahold onto the brooch panels back side. Cut out around the 4 brooch fabric panels, making sure that you keep the paler pink seam allowances, that art around all 4 sides of each of the 4 panels. Then cut down the center line down, and across to separate them, lastly cut across the center line, separating them again, to make 4 separate brooch fabric, with Ultrahold on the back, panels.

this is the Ultrahold ironed to the back of the 4 connected fabric brooch panels printed, paper side up

here I am cutting out the holes on the back panel – just poke through, making sure your fingers aren’t in the way on the back, and cut to the outer edge of the circle, cutting around the circle edge, gently, with your embroidery scissors – do this for both back panels, cutting out 2 holes on each

all 4 panels are cut out, all holes are cut out, and all 4 corners on each panel are cut away, as close to 45 degrees as possible

shown, I am dabbing hot glue to the corner after folding under both sides of the corner’s seam allowances, using the nozzle, to nudge the glue, ever so gently, pushing any frays of thread from the fabric panel’s corner to the back, sometimes, blowing on it, and using your index finger and thumb to help nudge the frays of thread back – do this for all 4 corners, of all 4 brooch fabric panels, AFTER you folded under all 4 sides of each panel’s seam allowances

all 4 panels seam allowances are folded under, corners fraying of thread glued down a smidge, ready to sew around each panel, all 4 sides of each panel

Here you see the front printed side of all 4 brooch panels, ready to sew individually – just sew 1/16″ from the outer edge, all around all 4 sides, of each of the 4 brooch fabric panels

the front side of both the finished front and finished back panels, showing that both front panels are sewn together, and both back panels are sewn together

here are the back sides of the finished front and finished back panels – ready to sew the finished double layered front panel to the finished double layered back panel – sew 3 sides, leaving an opening for the pin back, back stitch at the beginning and at the end

here showing the pocket for the slide out pin back, made by sewing 3 sides of the finished front and finished back panels together, leaving an opening on one of the longer sides

finished brooch pinned to my pumpkin orange shirt on the left side of my shirt, with my finger inside the brooch pin pocket

finished brooch pin, back side facing up, with my fingers inside the pocket, showing the holes cut better

metal pin back inside the pocket, situated in place, mechanisms poking out of the holes, pinned closed – the holes are 1 1/4″ on center (o.c.), meaning the center of one hole is 1 1/4″ from the center of the other hole – the top of the top hole should be 1 1/2″ from the bottom of the bottom hole – holes are 1/4″ in diameter, each

There! You’re finished! To wash the brooch, just take out the metal pin back, place the brooch inside a lingerie bag, and place in the wash on the delicate cycle, using cold water, and mild detergent, no fabric softner. Dry on low, or place on a towel to air dry (recommended).

Thank you for visiting, and reading the sewing tutorial for making the washable, sewn, fabric brooch pin fashion accessory! Not many costume jewelry brooch pins in fashion are washable. This is a SUPER easy project for anyone to make! And, you can use this as a guide, to make your own washable, fabric brooch pins! Use satin ribbon roses and leaves, sewn or glued, or both sewn and glued onto the front, beading, buttons, art printed onto washable June Tailor inkjet fabric sheets ( make sure all 4 panels measure the same, make sure to have 1/4″ seam allowances on all 4 sides, for all 4 panels, make sure that the holes on the 2 back panels are 1 1/4″ o.c. from each other) and just follow my tutorial for help, as a guide.

Again, you can purchase this fabric at http://www.zazzle.com/fabric_sewing_pattern_washable_photo_frame_brooch-256294574674149146 or buy fabric, especially the 9×9″ $6 swatches, which are PERFECT for this type of sewing project craft, making brooches, at http://zazzle.com/fabric?rf=238001022235983905 – sales often! You can always follow instructions for my projects, like the brooch on the fabric’s store link, in the description section, I type out the instructions, step by step, with extra supplies and tools listed there, OR just come back to this blog post!

Kristie Hubler, artist at http://zazzle.com/fabricatedframes/fabric?rf=238001022235983905
inventor of washable, sewn, and soon NO SEW, fabric photo frames and fashion brooch pins, with removable parts, and house shaped potholders
owner of http://fabricatedframes.com
sewing pattern download printables, $2 and up at http://craftsy.com/user/2496069/pattern-store with printable paper patterns, or printable patterns, with my art formatted, for all parts, to print onto June Tailor brand, washable, colorfast, inkjet printer fabric sheets – brooches and ornaments use ONE SHEET~