fabric flower corsage tutorial

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The crocuses & daffodils came up this week! Spring begins next week. Easter is around the corner. It's time for flowers! I thought I'd share with you how I make my fabric flower corsages. They are lovely as an embellishment on a dress, hat, or cardigan. Nobody else does it quite like I do...

To make this fabric flower corsage, you will need:
  • 3/4 yard fabric
  • paper to make pattern
  • serger
  • regular sewing machine
  • Fray Check
  • needle & thread
  • Strong glue like Gutterman HT2 textile glue
  • 25mm brooch saftey pin
Begin with drafting this simple pattern.
Cutting on the bias uses more fabric, but gives the flower a wavy effect. It also looks really nice if you use a plaid or check.
Using a serger set to "rolled edge" makes a lovely finish along the edge. You could also do a tiny rolled hem by hand or using a rolled hem foot on a regular sewing machine.
Fold your edged piece in half lengthwise to define the middle.
Next, set your machine to a long stitch length and run two gather stitch lines, one on each side of the fold, about 1/4" apart.
Pull the back side threads to gather the piece to about 11".
Now keeping wrong sides touching, hold in a folded position to begin the coil.
Secure the begining of the coil with a needle and thread. Continue coiling & tacking in a circle, keeping stitching plane flat.
It will start to look like this on the other side.
This is what I mean by "flat". You don't want it to turn into a cone or it will be hard to attach the pin at the end.
You could attach the pin at this point, but for a neater finish, I like to cover the stitching with a self fabric disc. Cut a 1 1/2" diameter circle out and seal the edges with fray check. Once dry, glue it to the back. I use Gutterman Ceativ HT2 textile glue, but others may work too. It's the glue that all the frame purse makers use.
 Finally, sew on the brooch pin. These are easily found at JoAnn or on Etsy. I prefer the locking kind to the kind with the safety pin action. The safety pin ones are not safe. In fact, for children, I suggest hand sewing the flower on to the item you are embellishing.
Happy Spring!