DIY Mushroom Patch – Cute Cottagecore Craft Idea

Make your own Mushroom Patches inspired by the latest Cottagecore trend. This cute sew-on mushroom patch craft idea is easy to make, and fun way to customize clothing and accessories. 

Assorted mushroom patch designs

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My teen has really embraced the Cottagecore aesthetic. It’s the latest trend among the younger set. It’s all about cute forest scenes, folksy clothing and lots of wild flowers and mushroom motifs.

Emma now loves everything mushroom and toadstools. She has requested I make her a hat that looks like a mushroom, and various other mushroomy accessories.

Assorted mushroom patch designs

I thought I’d start off small with some sew-on felt patches she can use to embellish her clothing and accessories. An easy way to embrace the Cottagecore vibe without too much effort.

Embroidering patches briefly crossed my mind, but to save time, and use up some vinyl scraps, I fired up my Cricut Joy cutting machine and made a big batch of mushroom patches.

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Assorted mushroom patch designs

These sew-on patches are an easy craft project idea to make with small scraps of iron-on vinyl and a bit of leftover felt.

You can get as creative as you like with the design – add some sparkle with glitter vinyl or just keep it simple with a single layer design.

If you have a cutting machine like my Cricut Joy, it’s easy to choose a simple design from Cricut design space and cut shapes as required. It doesn’t need to be a toadstool, you can make a patch with any design!

Don’t have a cutting machine? Scroll down for some tips for how to make this project without any special tools.

I’ve gone all out and added some machine embroidered edges with metallic thread to really make this mushroom patch project special.

But if you don’t feel like firing up the sewing machine, you can either hand stitch and edge on your patch, or just omit the edge stitching altogether.

You will need:

Mushroom patch supplies and tools

What if I don’t have a Cricut Cutting Machine?

You can still make a modified version of this project, even if you don’t have a Cricut cutting machine.

Get hold of some iron-on vinyl and just draw a simple mushroom shape on the shiny backing sheet, then cut your shapes out by hand. You can use a regular iron to press on the vinyl and then peel the backing away. Remember to use a piece of non-stick baking paper under your iron.

Various brands of iron-on vinyl (also called HTV – Heat Transfer Vinyl) can be purchased from good craft stores. Or ask a crafty friend with a cutting machine to donate some of their scraps for you to experiment with.

How to:

Preparing the mushroom patch base

This part includes a few optional steps to re-enforce the felt with a backing fabric and some decorative zig zag stitching around the edge of the patch. To keep it simple you can make the patch with one layer of felt only and omit the machine sewing.

Trace a lid to make a circle

1. Trace a circle on you felt fabric. You can use a small jar lid or anything round as a template. If you aren’t backing or sewing the felt, go ahead and cut the traced circle from the felt now.

Iron on webbing adhesive interfacing on back of felt

2. Iron on interfacing or fusible webbing to back of felt

add fabric to back of felt

3. If you aren’t using iron-on interfacing, iron the felt onto a piece of scrap fabric.

sew zig zag stitch on traced circles

4. Using the traced circles as a guide, sew over the line with a zig zag stitch to make the decorative edge of the circle patch. Do your best to keep the circles as round as possible. Mine were a little wonky.

felt circle patch cut out

5. Cut out the circle patch with about a 1mm clearance from the stitching.

Preparing the Mushroom patch design

Mushroom image cricut design space on phone

6. Choose a mushroom design from Cricut design space, there are so many to choose from – I’ve selected #M39CDF267 which is a 2 layer design. Alternatively you can upload your own design.

hand holding phone with mushroom design on cricut design space

7. To help with scale, select a circle the same size as your patch and resize the mushroom design to fit in comfortably. Hide the circle before cutting stage.

cutting design with cricut joy machine

8. Follow Design space prompts to set up cutting mat and send to cutting machine.

weeding iron on vinyl

9. Weed excess vinyl from design using the weeding tool. This stage can be fiddly with the small, intricate design layers.

Ironing the Mushroom design onto Patch

Ironing a multi layer design with cricut mini press

10. Warm up Mini Press to medium heat and match up layers in preparation for ironing.

Iron on vinyl with mini press

11. Press the base layer of design for about 30sec on medium heat. I’ve used a layer of baking paper in between my press and the patch to protect the fabric surrounding the iron-on. Allow to cool before peeling plastic carrier sheet.

peeling carrier sheet from iron on vinyl design

12. Repeat with 2nd layer of mushroom design.

hand holding 2 handmade mushroom patches

All done!

How cute do they look!

They are so decorative, and a fun way to personalize clothing and accessories.

bucket hat with mushroom patch

Sew your new mushroom patch onto a plain bucket hat to give it a little cottagecore twist.

I even added one of the patches to my Vintage Patch Denim Jacket.  Barely managed to find a little bit of room on there – LoL. 

denim jacket covered in vintage patches

Emma loves her cute cottagecore mushroom patches and is planning to give them out to her friends. The make great little gifts.

Multi coloured DIY felt mushroom patches


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