I loved reviewing the Clover Flower Frill Template, and it kind of got my creative juices flowing.Â I started thinking of all the ways I could use the template to upcycle and recycle fabric to make chic, fun hair pins and corsages. I thought I’d share my technique with you, so you can try it, too.
- recycled fabric- a cloth that is made of cotton or silk works best, and try to use fabrics that are the same on both sides. Avoid cotton “prints” unless you don’t mind that 2-tone look.
- Felt for the base
- Grandma’s old brooch or earrings. (Or rescue some from the thrift store or yard sale!)
- Basic sewing supplies
- Clover Flower Frill template, 2 sizes (optional)
- pin back
- E-6000 and Fabri-Tac
So, just to recap, I used the template to make my flower petals. If you don’t have one, you can use the same folding pattern as you would for cutting snowflakes! Cut a loose circle and fold it like this (except skip the last part!):
Wax some thread and start stringing your petals on. Since I’m using the large template here, I needed about 25 petals to make it full.
Then, repeat this process with a smaller template. I went with a different fabric, too, to add some interest. I used a medium Frill Template and made about 15 petals and tied the ends together. Then I added a second layer with the small Template of 10 petals. Then I sewed the smaller layer on top of the larger one.
Then, fluff out your petals- the frill will start to have some real volume. Now, the next part is a little counter-intuitive, but I want you to smash your frill. You want to create a flat bottom so you can glue on a felt base:
Let this dry thoroughly. Then add your brooch. Separate the frills down a bit to make a little nest for your bling!
If it’s a pin, I suggest pinning it through some of the petals. But if you’ve got an earring or something broken, you can glue it in place. Or sew it down. Whatever.
Lastly, add you pin to the back. Because I like this combo clip/pin backs by Mark Richards, I glue it on with some E-6000.
For this other variation, I used a medium Frill Template and made about 15 petals and tied the ends together. Then I added a second layer with the small Template of 10 petals. Then I sewed the smaller layer on top of the larger one, then attached to the felt base.
So, I love these and am planning on making more. The pink one even made it on my lapel during my visit to The Martha Stewart Show!