How to Make an Eco-Friendly Corsagecomments (15) April 1st, 2009
Spring is here! Finally! This project is a great way to make last year's spring styles pop and still be eco-friendly. The fabrics are organic, the gems are reused, and if you ride your bike to the fabric store, your carbon footprint will be as small as your flower is fab! That is to say very small and very fab.
Here's what you'll need:
- 2-1/3-yard lengths of organic jersey in contrasting colors (I used organic cotton and bamboo)
- Broken costume jewelery
- Sew-on pinback
Before you start cutting, make a pattern.
Now that all of the petals are cut out, it's time to start building your flower.
Add the two remaining smaller petal pieces to the finished center using the same crisscross stitches.
Continue adding petals in the same fashion until all the petals are on your flower. Tie off your stitches with a few slipknots and trim any extra thread.
Once your flower is finished, it's time to add the glam. I'm the person in my circle who always ends up with everyone's castaways, and I have tons of costume sparkle in various states of disrepair. The brooch I chose had a broken clasp, so the first thing I did was remove it with my pliers. If you don't have any baubles floating about, worry not! The thrifts are full of all sorts of broken or abused costume jewelery; this is the perfect project to save these lovelies. Earrings, brooches, and beads are all perfect for this project.
Once your jewelry is firmly secured to the center of your flower, sew on the pinback. I used a lot of stitches to firmly attach the pinback. After the pinback is attached, your flower is ready to shine.
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