July 18, 2011

How to Make Cloth Vintage Inspired Booches

I was in a department store this week and noticed some pretty flower pin/hairclip combos in accessories, and not feeling like paying the price tag for them inspired me to try to make them myself. So, I went to a craft store and picked up some vintage looking flowers, pin backings and a roll of bridal tulle and went to work researching on the internet. What I have made below is a combination of various tutorials I found online, as well as some ideas I thought of my own.

Here is a little trick for making tulle curl up in a bowl and crinkle around the edges:

First cut out a tulle circle, then hold it carefully above a candle flame to melt it a little-make sure you don't hold it too close or the whole thing will burn!

After the circles were crinkled enough for me, I then layered three of the circles cut in different sizes, glue gunned the flower and pin backing to them for the finished product! Would be pretty on a summer dress, plain T-shirt, or tote.

The all-cotton brooch was inspired by embellished shirts I have loved but not loved the price tag on either, along with wanting to brighten up plain shirts with a fun, fresh look. The ones I made below were created entirely from a shirt I no longer wear because of a stain, but I still loved the pretty sequins and lace enough to want to find a different use for them. Are you ready to get out the needle and thread and those sock-stitching skills ? And, you will need a nice pair of fabric scissors too. Ready, set, sew!

First, I cut out little "B" shapes-out of folded in half fabric in different shapes and placed on top of each other at a slight angle.

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Then, I cut out a piece of the lacey sequin for the center.

 Next, I made a stitch with needle and thread throught the center, tightened to gather the fabric together in the center, and knotted on the back.

Finally, I glue gunned the pin backing to the back to finish. You could combine two together for a larger brooch, or even sew directly onto a shirt if you want, too!