Regular readers may remember our popular Suffolk Puff tutorial posted back in March. They are such a versatile little addition to your craft arsenal and they certainly have an enduring appeal. We were therefore delighted when we came across yet another variation while searching the Internet for new blogs to read.
We instantly fell in love with Craft Passion Blog’s crochet suffolk puff tutorial here. What to do with a myriad of colourful puffs though? Anne had a shamefully plain lampshade sat in the corner of the room, so she grabbed a crochet needle and set to work.
She made the puffs in double knit cotton yarn with a 3.5mm crochet hook. Anne started making them the same size explained in the tutorial. Then she adapted the pattern to make some that were slightly smaller.
To make the smaller variation start with only 6 chains to begin the second round and then wind the yarn 3 times around the crochet hook instead of 4.
Suffolk Puffs seem to be turning up everywhere these days and they are such a simple and fun thing to make. Of course there are many many ways in which you can use them, you can embellish some clothing or add to a bag, but today I thought I’d show you how to make our Suffolk Puff Brooch. We have used dark fabric but of course the type and colour of fabric would dramatically vary the final look of your badge.
You Will Need
2 Pieces of Fabric
Felt or non fraying wool fabric
Trimmings (thinner ribbon, ric rac etc)
First we need to cut two circles out of your chosen fabrics. Our circles measured approx 10cm and 8.5cm across. To make the puff shape place your fabric down with the wrong side facing up. Then turn over a small hem and stitch a long running stitch through your hem all the way round. When you reach the beginning gently pull your stitches to gather them. Repeat with your other piece of fabric.
Now lay your smaller puff on top of the larger and sew through the middle to attach together. Now cut a piece of felt approx 4cm across. Sew your two puffs to the felt circle, again sewing through the middle.
Next we used a blanket stitch to firm up the edges of the felt, but this is not absolutely necessary. To the middle of our puffs we attached a lovely old vintage button from Prague.
Now cut a piece of ribbon approx 16cm long, cutting diagonally along the edges. Then fold your ribbon in half and attach any trimmings you might like, sewing across at the top to keep in place.
Stitch the felt circle to the ribbon and then sew a badge back or safety pin to the back.
Ta-Da you have made a beautiful Suffolk Puff Brooch!