Pretty Zipper and Felt Peacock Brooch

I prefer to make my mother something for Mother’s Day. Being a crafty kind of blogger, I think she pretty much expects it. Ha! Anyway, I was doing a post this week on National Zipper Day on my other website, Daily Holiday Blog, when I ran across these amazing looking jewelry pieces made from metal zippers and felt! So I decided to design my own version.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

Now keep in mind that I created my own version, so my instructions might be different than, oh say, a professional zipper jewelry designer. So if you happen to be a Professional Zipper Jewelry Designer or PZJD for short, then bear with me as I walk you through the Sitcom way to make zipper jewelry!

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

For this project I used:

2 ea. 6″ metal zippers
Small piece of white felt (thicker felt is best)
Felt roving in purple and teal (very small amounts)
Felting needle and pad
Low temp hot glue gun (do not use high temp or you will burn the crap
out of yourself!)
Peacock Brooch Pattern
Metal Pin Back
Assorted colored gemstones and beads

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 Begin by cutting away the material part of the zippers. I found that the easiest way to do this was to cut off the very end of the zipper, and removing the zipper pull, ending up with two separate pieces.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 Then trim off the fabric so that you are left with just metal zippers. A six inch zipper now is the equivalent of 12 inches of metal zipper!

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 Make several copies of the pattern for reference. Cut around the perimeter of the bird (minus the head feathers) to create a pattern to cut your white felt with. Regarding the white felt- If I decide to do this project again, I would use much thicker felt for the base. Most craft stores sell thick felt along with their felt roving. I used regular felt for the base of this project, and I have to tell you that several times I almost threw in the towel. Anyway, use your pattern to draw the bird on the felt and then cut it out. This is your base.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

Carefully add hot glue to just the base of a small portion of the zipper and start gluing it down around the outside edges of the felt. Do just a little at a time, being careful not to get glue on the top part of the zipper.

Once the bird is outlined in zipper, add the small zipper heart to the inside.

To create the head feathers, take a portion of zipper and tightly wind it, adding dots of hot glue as you go. (See now why I said low temp hot glue?) Glue the head feathers in place as shown.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 Now for the fun part!! Lets give this bird some personality! Lay the bird on top of a felting pad (or even a piece of styrofoam will do). Pull off a small piece of purple felt roving, lay it in the area that you want to cover, and then start puncturing it with the felting needle.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

Be careful not to puncture yourself. Seriously. If you’ve never felted before, you may find the process very cathartic. Imagine the bird is your boss. Ha! The felting process attaches the roving to the felt underneath.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 Just keep punching the needle in and out until it looks the way you would like, adding more roving when needed.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 Use teal for inside the heart. Birdie is looking pretty!

 Add gemstones and beads to make your felt bird awesome. I used touches of hot glue to apply them.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

If you used thick felt for the backing, all you would have to do now is glue on the metal pin back to the back of the bird. Since I used regular felt, I needed to make my brooch a bit sturdier, so I cut a bird shaped piece of thin cardboard and glued it to the back first.

pretty peacock brooch made with zipper and felt

 And there you have it! A pretty brooch for Mom!

* You can find felt roving in most craft stores. Regarding the zippers- shop around! Metal zippers are still available in most
sewing stores and at Walmart. You can complete this project for under $10 and have lots of felt left over for more projects!

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  • Kathleen Berlew July 20, 2015, 7:32 pm

    So sweet. I love the colors and different textures.

  • Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade July 18, 2015, 9:39 am

    Hi, I’m Dawn one of the host for Wonderful Wednesday. I love this pin and will feature it this Tuesday evening on my blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dianne@ScrutinizingLife July 15, 2015, 5:45 pm

    This is adorable!Thanks for sharing at The Living with Style Linky Party! Be sure to come back next week! 🙂

  • Laurie July 14, 2015, 2:18 pm

    This is really a fun project! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Brag About It Link Party!
    ~Laurie

  • Linda Nelson July 13, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Wow, that’s super pretty, and what a clever idea for using up some of those zippers that get mysteriously acquired!

  • Julie July 13, 2015, 5:57 pm

    That’s so pretty, I’ve never tried felting but it looks like fun.

  • Cathy July 13, 2015, 4:28 pm

    Very pretty. I love how you used a zipper to embellish it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  • T'onna @ USS Crafty May 24, 2015, 1:45 am

    Such a cute brooch! I think it’s really clever how you used the zipper to make this!

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  • Angela McKinney May 18, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Unique idea for the use of a zipper. It turned out so cute too! Glad you share at #HomeMattersParty

  • Amy | Canary Street Crafts May 17, 2015, 8:51 pm

    This is so pretty! I’ve never seen anything made with zippers like this before. So glad you linked up with us at Your Turn To Shine!

  • Stella Lee@ Purfylle May 12, 2015, 11:04 pm

    Wow! I would never have thought to cut the zipper back like that. Such a creative way to use zips. Thank you so much for such a great idea for using my zillion zippers.

  • Brenda May 11, 2015, 9:05 pm

    Great zipper project!

  • Pamela Smith May 11, 2015, 8:30 pm

    This is awesome! My daughter absolutely loves peacocks! In fact, her graduation decorations are all peacock colors. I am pinning this to share with her. Thanks for the great idea!

  • This is so beautiful! Thanks for posting. Hello from Motivation Monday.

  • norene May 3, 2014, 10:03 am

    That is so cute!

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