This week we held a workshop making fabric corsages from scraps of fabric. These simple corsages are fun and a good way of using up scraps of fabric. We were using left over fabric in the club stash, but you could put more thought into your fabric choices to make a corsage to go with a particular out fit, or on a bag. Above are some of the corsages we made on Wednesday evening.
To make a corsage like ours you need 5 pieces of fabric about 10cm square and a button.
- Layer your squares and secure them with a few stitches at the centre. Consider the colours and patterns of your fabric and arrange them in the order you want before stitching them together.
- Cut a small circle out of the top layer, judging the size of this circle based on the button you have chosen for the centre.
- Continue cutting circle from the other layers; each circle should be slightly larger than the one before.
- To make a more flower-like shape, create some small folds. Do this by folding your corsage in half (right-sides together) and pinch a fold roughly 1cm-2cm from the centre. Stitch the pinched fold in place.
- Repeat this process by refolding the fabric circles to create new folds all the way around. You will achieve a more puckered, wrinkled effect on the front by catching more fabric in your stitches on the pinched folds.
- Stitch a large button in place in the centre of the flower on the front. This helps to hide your stitches.
- Stitch a brooch fastener onto the back.
This corsage is based on a design from Fabric Jewellery: 25 Designs to Make Using Silk, Ribbon, Buttons and Beads by Teresa Searle.