Here's what I made for my partner in the Felt Badge Swap at Craftster. She likes trees, poppies, and the color orange. I made this badge using wool felt, embroidery floss, and seed beads:
I loved it so much I decided to make one for myself in my favorite colors:
I'll tell you a secret: every part of the felt is hand-cut, except the flowers. I used a leather punch for those! It is similar to a paper punch, but it has six different sizes of holes to choose from. I don't think I would have been able to hand-cut perfect 1/8" circles!
The back is covered with a second pink felt oval, and the two are blanket-stitched together.
Now that I have a pretty good collection of felt badges, I need to display them. I found this cool shadow box at a bookstore; it is really just a bulletin board under glass. It measures 9" x 12".
The top swings open easily, and it closes with a magnet. I just arranged my badges and pinned them in place.
All ready to hang on the wall (it has picture hangers already installed on the back.)
I bought a larger one too, so when my collection expands, I can transfer them to a larger home!