Tutorial + How-to

Published on September 9th, 2010 | by Kilduff Kolleen


How-to: Make a Coffee Filter Broach

Coffee filter broach
Almost every morning starts by brewing one of my favorite things, coffee. To me coffee has always been more than just a drink. In the afternoon it’s a snack, when crafting it’s a fabric dye, in the garden it’s a bug repellant. I could go on, and on.

Coffee is almost the perfect waste-less product. I drink the coffee, repurpose the coffee can and use the grounds, but the snag always came down to the filter, until recently when I had a caffeine induced inspiration.

I was crafting my normal hand sewn fabric flowers when I took a small coffee break. While cleaning the pot, I noticed how the filter has a bit more give and was a little more forgiving than regular paper, almost like a stiff gauze. So for the next few days I saved my coffee filters and the next time I sat down to play around with a new possible flower technique I used the coffee filters instead of fabric. I was very pleased with the outcome and especially liked the color and texture of the dried coffee filter. I made this flower into a brooch but they would also make nice present toppers instead of bows.

Tools & Materials

  • Nine fluted coffee filters, used, with grounds discarded
  • Ruler
  • Decorative scrapbooking scissors, with scalloped edge
  • Sewing needle and cream-colored thread
  • One large button
  • Hot glue gun
  • Square of felt (enough to make a circle, 3” in diameter)
  • Jewelry pin of your choice
  • Russian netting or tulle (optional)

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About the Author

I’m a lifelong crafter with many different interests. My latest obsession is making accessories for women's hair and making flowers from a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. If it is shiny, feathery or sparkly I love it! I also carry around a pocket camera to take pictures of items, scenery, signs, or anything else that I find inspiring. I enjoy creating new things and sharing how to make my creations with others on my blog (http://designbynight.blogspot.com/).

3 Responses to How-to: Make a Coffee Filter Broach

  1. Rachel says:

    That is so pretty! And what a fun conversation piece for a coffee lover. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  2. Melissa says:

    How nifty! Loving the coffee stained look too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sarah R. says:

    This looks adorable! I have been wanting to get more crafty and I always check on this site for ideas, and I think this is something I could do!

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