Recycled sweaters are one of my favorite "fibers" to work with, and I'm always looking for new and creative uses for them, especially wool. Wool is so versatile - so why throw a sweater away because it doesn't fit, or shrunk in the wash, or got a moth hole in storage? Make something else with it!
For this recycled sweater flower brooch, I chose leftover sweater scraps in 4 different colors - grey, red, yellow and green. Thinner, already felted sweaters work the best for this project, if you'd like a more "stacked" petals look. A thicker sweater will require fewer petal stacks for the same thickness.
Choosing grey and red for the petals, I cut one red petal set and one grey, tracing around the edge of a plastic party cup for the initial basic size, then cutting into it to create the petals. I left the center intact. I followed the same system for the following layers, downsizing the petal sets slightly by tracing around a smaller cup, and then a medicine lid.
For the leaf, I cut a simple teardrop shape out of the green sweater.
The flower center is three tiny strips cut from the yellow sweater, then folded in half.
Once all the wool was cut, I stacked everything so it was pleasing to the eye, and stitched everything together straight up the middle from the back. I stitched on a safety pin to the back, and it was ready to wear!
I've gotten lots of compliments on mine - feel free to give it a go and sport your own!