Friday, March 2, 2012

Fabric Flower Brooch

So here's what I've got for you today...a easy to make brooch! You've all seen the fabric flowers with the burned edges, right? Well, I made several of those last winter for gifts. I decided to get a jump on spring and make some in bright colors. Well, silly me, I bought the wrong fabric. This stuff went up in flames!! And smelled horrible to boot! This led me to try something new. Necessity is the mother or invention!
Polyester Fabric cut into a strip 1 inch by 20 inches cut with pinking shears
Matching thread
Matching felt
Hot glue gun
Blank pin
After you've cut your strip sew a running stitch along the bottom of the fabric. No need to be even or neat. As you can tell by my picture. ;)
After you've sewn to the end begin to pull your thread gently to cause the fabric to bunch. You want it to be tighter at the beginning and then looser towards the end. Tie off your thread.
Cut 1 1/2 inch circles out of your felt. One will be the base of your flower and the other will be for your pin.
Put a dab of hot glue in the center of your felt. Place the tightly bunched end of your fabric in the glue.
Continue glue and placing the fabric in a circular pattern until you use all the fabric.
Sew your pin blank on the remaining piece of felt and sew the two pieces together at the edges. All done and beautiful! Not too difficult right? I did some experimenting. The longer your strip of fabric is you start with, the fuller the final flower will be.
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