Sunday, 9 December 2012

Quick Christmas Present - Puff Ball Brooches

Pretty puff ball brooches

 These puff ball flower brooches are quick and easy to make and if you wanted to do a lot of them, you could set up a sort of one-person assembly line.  You need some discarded men's ties, clean and silk, if possible; some coordinating lining fabrics; some pretty buttons and some brooch pins.

  • First unpick the ties by hand and remove the interfacing and lining.  Then press them flat, taking care to use a low setting on your iron.
  • Cut three circles: one 8 1/2 inches in diameter, one 6 1/4 inches and one 3 inches in diameter. I got the maximum number of circles out of each tie before cutting out complementary coloured circles. 
  • Iron a small circle of interfacing to the inside centre of the largest circles.  This will make it easier to attach the brooch pins. 
  • By hand run a gathering stitch around the edge of each circle, then gather them ensuring that the right side of the fabric is on the outside. 
  • Stitch the circles together, attaching each layer firmly.  
  • Add a pretty button to finish off the flower.  
  • Stitch a brooch pin near the top of the back.

Add a pretty button to finish each flower

Stitch on a brooch pin.

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