Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Flower Brooch Tutorial

I just whipped this little number up after contemplating doing it for about the last half year or maybe more.
I don't know where todays' energy is coming from but I sure hope it holds for the next few days because my oldest daughter is taking me for a lovely holiday in the Blue Mountains for 5 days.
Five whole days of non stop action. Eek!!
Anyway, I thought I would just give you a quick run down on how this is made.

You need a fine doily ie, not heavy, thick fabric, about 12 cm across and shirring thread in your bobbin.
I used five pins to mark the petal divisions then started sewing each one.
If you can follow my diagram you should start at the big dot and follow the red markings up and down until all five petals are formed.
Then without breaking your thread you just start sewing in an ever widening circle till you reach a point that you are happy with. 

Because you are now sewing over already shirred fabric you will need to stretch the fabric.
Don't be too fussy though as all your mistakes will be hiden in the gathering.
Except if you don't sew your button on correctly.
Like mine. That's obvious and will need to be fixed.

OK. Once that is done you sew your brooch attachment to the back - I just used a tiny safety pin left over from some swing tag. Then a button on the front and you are done.



  1. Oh it's beautiful!!! I will have to give this a go. Have fun on your 5 day adventure :)

  2. I totally agree. This is a gorgeous idea and I'm definitely going to give it a go! Enjoy your downtime with your daughter. What a beautiful place to explore! x

  3. Hi Willy! love the tutorial! wish i had the patience to do this, it's so pretty and looks vintage! wow the Blue Mountains! have a great time!

  4. Cherie, this is absolutely gorgeous, delicate and unique. I might have to go doily hunting and you know what that means, hitting the op. shops again. :)
    Have a wonderful time on your holiday with your daughter. I'm sure you will find being on holidays will give you energy and that lovely fresh mountain air be invigorating.
    Have a wonderful time and have oodles of fun,
    Anne xx

  5. Great mini tute Cherrie! I wonder if I could do these in a leaf shape? I love your diagram too, super cool and easy to follow. There should be more of these. I 'get' drawings. Have the most amazing trip away. Id love five whole days just with Zjah. That would be heavenly. Actually, no, that would be hard work cos we seem to fill up the van no matter where we go or what we do together.


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