Time Required :
About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

paper embroidered emoji buttons

Step 1
PROJECT NOTE: This project uses an easy embroidery stitch called the backstitch. Click here to check out our video tutorial to learn this stitch.
 
Click here to download and print the template, which includes patterns for several emoji. Or, if you like, use the patterns as a guide and create your own.   
Step 2
Use the hand punch to punch a circle from the cardstock. You’ll be able to punch several circles from each sheet. 
Step 3
Select the emoji pattern you like best from the printed template and cut it out. Trim down the pattern piece so it’s just a little bit smaller than the cardstock circle. Use masking tape to affix the pattern on top of the circle, making sure it’s centered as you do so. 
Step 4
Fold your piece of felt into quarters and place it underneath the circle and pattern piece. This will make it very easy to punch through both layers of paper. 
Step 5
With a yarn darner (needle), punch a hole into every dot on the pattern piece, including the circle around the edge of the pattern. Follow the dots as closely as possible, and make sure you’re piercing through both the pattern paper and the cardstock. 
 
TIP: Follow the pattern to make sure the holes are at least ¼” apart. Placing them too close together may cause the paper to tear. 
Step 6
Cut a piece of embroidery floss that is about 18” long and thread your needle. Leave a tail that is about 4” long. 
Step 7
You will use the backstitch technique to embroider your design. Begin with the face pattern; we’ll leave the border embroidery until the very end.
 
TIP: As you begin to stitch, do not knot your thread. When you take your first stitch, hold a 1½” tail under the cardstock with your finger for the first few stitches until it is firmly in place. This will avoid bulky lumps between the cardstock and the felt.  
Step 8
To backstitch, bring your threaded needle up through a hole in the cardstock that is one spot away from the end of a pattern line. Remember to leave a 1½" tail on the underside of the cardstock, and hold it there with your finger for the first few stitches. Now, stitch down into the very last hole in the line, pulling the excess floss down. This is your first stitch. 
Step 9
Bring your needle up through the hole in front of the first hole you stitched up from, pulling the embroidery floss through as you go. Stitch down again into that first hole, pulling the floss down again. This completes your second stitch. Continue stitching in this fashion until you reach the end of the pattern line.  
Step 10
If you are continuing to embroider a new pattern line with the same color floss, just skip over on the underside of the cardstock and repeat the previous steps. 
Step 11
When you’ve finished with a particular color, do not tie a knot in the floss. Instead, secure your stitches by weaving the threaded needle a few times through the stitches on the underside of the cardstock. Trim away the excess floss with scissors. 
Step 12
To change colors, cut an 18” length of a different color of floss and thread your needle. Repeat the previous steps, but remember to leave the border pattern unstitched for now. 
Step 13
When you are finished embroidering, place the paper circle on top of your piece of felt. Trace just outside the paper circle to create a slightly larger circle of felt. Cut out this larger circle of felt. Place the felt circle behind the embroidered paper circle, making sure both are centered.  
Step 14
Thread your needle again with about 24” of floss and use the back stitch to embroider the entire border around the circle’s edge. Make sure you are sewing through the cardstock and the felt behind it. When you’ve sewn all the way around the circle, secure your thread on the underside of the felt, as you did before, and trim away any excess. 
Step 15
Remove the paper backing from the sticky side of the pin, and press it against the back of the felt, in the center of the circle. Rub the back of the adhesive firmly so it sticks to the felt completely. 
 
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