In Craft Patterns, Cupcake Party, Give-away

As part of this month’s Cupcake Party and 10 year blogiversary celebration, I’m doing weekly giveaways!

felt nest brooches, betz white

For this week’s give-away, I have 3 little Felt Nest Brooches made from felted wool sweaters and felt balls. They’re adorable accents to pin onto a bag, hat or lapel. Great to make and give as teachers gifts, too. I’ve even had teachers make them to give other teachers! (Pattern available in my Etsy shop if you’d like to make your own!)

TO ENTER: Comment below (before 12am US EST Sunday May 22nd) telling me your favorite tip or advice given to you by a teacher.

I will randomly choose 3 winners to each receive one brooch. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Good luck and have a great weekend!

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  • MaryAnn Mochulski

    TNT. To resolve sewing machine problems check tension, needle and thread.

  • Maureen S

    These are adorable! Your talent always astounds me. Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Katie

    These are the cutest!

  • Melinda Grace

    Don’t sew when your tired! Best advice I ever got!!

  • Anne Martin

    Change the needle after each project

  • Rochelle

    Love these! So clever.

  • Deanna B.

    Just so cute!
    In my sewing room I always remember to change the needle….it works wonders!

  • Jennifer Wiatrowski

    I am a teacher and I always keep in mind what a fellow Professor told me when I was first starting out. He said to remember but every time you step in front of the classroom you have a choice. You can either be the best positive role model you can be or you can be something less than that. I think this advice applies whether you’re teaching in the classroom or you’re teaching somebody to knit or sew at home.

    P.s. I love your little birds nests! And I also want to thank you for all that you’ve done to teach me how to sew. You are the epitome of a positive role model.


  • Anne Marie

    Measure twice – cut once! I have never forgotten this!

  • shirley elliott

    The best tip I received from a teacher (sewing) was to enjoy the process. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. The brooches are just adorable. I can see using them decoratively also – under a cloche, on top of a stack of books, in a cubby, etc. Oh, the possibilities! ([email protected])

  • Paula

    The best advice I ever received was don’t be afraid to work outside your comfort zone. You may just discover how great it really is!

  • Heather S

    Measure twice cut once! :)

  • Allison CB

    Mrs Bampton – my Home Ec teacher in Grade 7…always encouraged us to read to the end of the instructions….sound advice!!

  • Bonnie Boone

    The one we most heard… “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”

  • Penny Wofford

    Check your measurements! and Check your tension!

  • Katy M

    “Read the instructions all the way through at least once before you start!” I must admit I’ve assumed I know what’s coming next and messed projects up more than once though!

  • Nancy Garabrandt

    These are so sweet! My favorite thing told to me by a teacher was a school teacher. I was flunking first grade as I was having problems with numbers. Mrs. Katz bought me a penny book and brought me pennies everyday. I had to match the date on the pennies and put them in my book, and she took back the rest of the pennies. She did not make it easy on me. I loved that teacher.It was not something she told me but what she did, she cared and went that extra mile, that was back in 1963 and I have never forgotten her. My mother taught me to sew and her comment was always, make sure your seams are finished and pressed as you go, it will make your project look professional. So I had two teachers that have taught me well!

  • Carol b

    To not worry about perfection.
    Carol b

  • MaryEllen

    I’ve gotten good advice and some not so good, from various teachers. I think my best teacher was my mom who once told me “you can do anything you think you can”.

  • Shelly S.

    If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing then it is okay to move on, be it a new technique or something that you just don’t like. You should enjoy the process. Going to the larger shows also gave me the freedom to not feel guilty about using a long-arm quilter to quilt my quilts. Again, do what you love!

    Love the bird’s nest brooches.

  • Michele T

    Love these beautiful nests with eggs!! Best advise: Read through instructions carefully… Applies to many things!!

  • Sue

    I love those nests – our group just put up an exhibit called Flight of FibR – so perfect for this exhibit.

  • Katie R

    I have had many influential teachers and I hope that now I am one for other people. One of the greatest pieces of advice that I have heard from a teacher is to never let a bad grade or a bad test score define you. Even if you are not book smart or great in a certain subject, you are smart in many other unique ways.

  • Auntiepatch

    Read the directions/instructions/recipe twice before starting.

  • Joan Brown

    If you love it that is all that matters.

  • Deborah Deal

    Always press, press, press to make your finished product as professional as possible.

  • kathleen p

    Measure 3 times, cut once.

  • Gay Ferland

    Always use scrap fabric to test your stitching!

  • Iris

    I love those! I love the simplicity in them and how sweet they are!

  • Kelly O.

    I love these brooches!!! Measure twice, cute once :)

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