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Tuesday 2 February 2010

Handmade Fabric Flower Brooches

I’ve been sewing! I haven’t really done any proper hand sewing for a few years, so I thought this week I would have a go. And, do my fingers show the proof! I had completely forgotten how clumsy I am at sewing but was very happy with my first attempt. I decided to make a fabric flower brooch and use one of my resin cabochons as the centre piece for the flower.

Fabric flower brooch
Fabric flower brooch

I had some spare white fabric (in fact I cut it from a table cloth that I sometimes use at craft fairs). I am so glad though that I resisted cutting up one of my wife’s tops.

This was a bit like combining origami with fabric and sewing…Each flower petal is individually folded (which is an art in itself). The folded petal is then stitched to prevent it from springing open. Once all the petals are complete, they are all strung together with thread and then fastened in a circle to form a flower. The fabric flower is then backed by a small circle of felt and a silver plated brooch bar attached.

I have recently been making resin handmade buttons containing seed beads and other buttons containing 100s and 1000s (the kind that you sprinkle of cakes and trifles). So, the center of the flower is a handmade resin cabochon button containing 100s and 1000s. I fixed a button shank to the cabochon and sewed it through to the felt.

I am very pleased with the finished flower brooch, especially since I haven’t really done a lot of sewing for a while. Isn’t it good how doing one handmade craft just leads to doing others...

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