As promised, here is the tutorial for the fabric flower brooch I posted about yesterday.
Cut a rectangle of fabric 8 cm by 42 cm. Fold it in half lengthways and sew along each short end about 1 cm from the edge. If your fabric has a distinct right and wrong side, make sure you have folded it with the right (prettiest) sides facing, so when you turn it out the right side is on the outside.
Once you’ve turned it through to the outside so your seams are enclosed, give it a good press with your iron so you have a firm crease down the folded edge. Overlock the raw edge to make it neat and to prevent it from fraying. If you don’t have an overlocker you could use a zig zag stitch on your normal sewing machine. If you are sewing it by hand, just do a small, neat overcast stitch along the raw edge.
Start pleating the fabric, pinching the overlocked side with your fingers. Continue making pleats to create a circular, arched shape. When it gets a bit tricky to pinch the base of all the pleats with your fingers, you could use a few pins to hold the pleats in place.
Keep pleating until you’ve made a full circle and tuck the end under your first pleat and secure it with a pin. Sew the pleats in place by hand using a simple running stitch around the base of the pleats. Give it another press if you want the pleats to look crisp, rather than ruffled.
Repeat the same pleating technique with a piece of 2.5 cm wide ribbon to create a ribbon flower. Because it’s a lot smaller than the fabric circle, I found it easier to sew it as I pleated it.
When you’ve only got one more pleat to make, cut the ribbon at an angle. Fold over the cut edge toward the back to conceal it before making your final pleat and stitching it in place.
Place the ribbon flower on top of the fabric flower and stitch together by hand.
Sew a button to the centre. Cut out a circle of felt big enough to cover the stitching and overlocking on the back. Stitch it neatly to the back of the brooch, then sew a brooch back onto the felt. Now the brooch is finished! This is a fairly large brooch which I think would brighten up any winter’s day and look just lovely when worn on the lapel of a big cosy coat.
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