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Guest Post: DIY Birthday Rosette

Today we have a guest post from Laura!  She blogs over at The Little Button Diaries and has tons of cute little projects over there!  Lets see what she created for us today!

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I love running and entering races. Well, actually, I like running and I only love races because of the medal at the end. My running buddy, Katie, feels exactly the same, so for her birthday I wanted to make a rosette fit for a winner.

For this project you will need:

  • Felt in 3 colours
  • Embroidery thread in 3 colours to match the felt
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Embroidery pins
  • Self-adhesive badge backing
  • Fabric glue (optional)


To begin, draw two circles of the same size on a piece of felt. This forms the center of the rosette so use a light color so the stitching can be seen.


Sketch out your design on tracing paper. As my rosette was for a birthday present I used a cupcake design. Pin the design to one of the felt circles. Then embroider your design. I used backstitch for the cupcake case in one color with the frosting in a coordinating color. For the heart topper I used satin stitch. Once you have completed the stitching, carefully tear off the tracing paper.


To make the rosette ribbons cut ten strips of pink felt 1.5cm wide and 7cm long.


Fold each strip in half and pin or glue onto the second white felt circle. If you have pinned them, embroider them onto the white felt circle using cross stitch. Otherwise use fabric glue to attach them.

Cut four longer strips of felt 1.5cm wide and 10cm long. I used two in pink and two in blue. Cut the bottom of each strip at an angle. Pin and sew them onto the bottom of the rosette.


Now it’s time to sew the rosette together. Pin the two sections together and sew around the edge of the white circle using running stitch. I used two different colored threads and pointed my stitch towards the center of the rosette.

Finally, peel off the backing of the badge and stick it onto the back of the rosette.


A craft project fit for a winner!

~ Laura xx ~


  1. This is really adorable. Thanks for sharing with us!

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