I made an easy sunflower brooch…with recycled wool. I chose a brown tweed wool for the sunflower center. First, I cut a strip of wool about 1-inch wide and 18-inches long (about arm-length). I folded the strip in half lengthwise and began to ‘roll’ it up (like a jelly roll, neat and tight) adding a dab of hot glue as I go to hold it in shape. Make it as large as you like…mine is about 1-3/4 inch diameter.
Next, for the petals, I used a gold/yellow felted wool. I cut the individual petals to the size I liked…about 30 petals to fit around the center. Rather than glue/sew them individually to the brown center, I attached them all to a thin wire ‘frame‘. (Similar to the mini-wreaths I made with 1-inch square wool bits?) String all the wool petals onto the thin wire, poking the wire thru the bottom of the petals. Keep adding petals until you encompass the brown center. Cut the wire and twist the ends together. Double-check: Make sure the petals will easily, but snuggly, fit around the center piece of the sunflower. Dab a bit of hot glue from the back to secure the petals into place.
I cut (pinked) a piece of green wool to ‘finish’ the back of the brooch and added a pin-back. My finished sunflower brooch is approx. 4-3/4 inches wide.