Wednesday, February 24, 2010

tutorial: rosette brooch

I haven't left the house in three days. Sutton and Ezra are sick. I have been doing lots of laundry (Q: What's better than scrubbing vomit and diarrhea out of clothes and blankets? A: Anything.) while Sutton watches every episode of Dora the Explorer ever made (thank heaven for Netflix Streaming!). Enjoy the tutorial Amigas! :)

Cut several strips of material 2.5" wide.

Sew them together to make one long strip. The longer the strip the larger the rosette.

Press seams open. Fold right sides together.

Click on the picture to see the shape better, it is similar to a knife tip. Draw that on the end of your strip. Start on the FOLDED edge and sew on the curved line.

When you get to the point leave the needle down, raise the presser foot and turn the fabric. Lower the presser foot and sew down the length of your strip of fabric creating a tube.

Trim the seam.

Turn your fabric tube inside out and press. Your fabric tube is just under an inch wide.

Get ready to gather your strip. Use a basting stitch (the longest stitch width) and tension at the highest setting. With the tension set high the strip comes out of the machine gathered, no need to pull threads. Yay!

Very close to the edge (the one with the seam, not the folded edge) sew a gathering stitch down the entire length of the fabric tube.

See? Nice and gathered!

With the tube gathered it curls up on itself. You just have to kind of roll it up.

With a needle and matching thread sew through all the layers. A couple of passes with the needle is all you need, just to hold it together.

As the rosette gets bigger, you can't sew through the entire thing. Sew through the outer layers.

Tuck the end under.

Cut a circle of felt and attach a pin back (I used two because of the size of the rosette).

Grab some craft glue.

It is a little hard to see the glue... I actually had to add a little more, especially around the perimeter.
Press felt onto rosette and let glue set.


You can make all sizes of rosettes. Mine is about 6" in diameter. My un-gathered fabric tube was about 4 yards long. For a small rosette use 1-2 yards. If you want a deeper, more plush rosette make your fabric strips 4-5" wide.

Here it is on the dress.

Linking up to get your CRAFT on! and We Did it! Wednesday.


Mauri said...

So cute! I'll have to file this one away for after the baby is born. I fell in love with that shabby apple dress and now I can make my own! Thank you so much!

Amy said...

Very pretty! I can think of a lot of things I would like to adorn with this rosette besides clothing! The possibilities are endless! Thanks for passing along your creativity!

The (not so) Domestic Goddess said...

So pretty! I hope your little ones are feeling better soon...nothing worse than sick children :( I am going to attempt to make this gorgeous brooch for my girls today! You make it look so easy! Thanks for your wonderful tutorials :)

Nicole said...

We have all been sick around here too! Hope it passes soon. Thanks for the that dress by the way!

Sophie said...

It's so lovely. I think it can look cute on any t-shirt, bags or tote or any-things. ^-^

Jess said...

I love that! It would be great on a pillow too.

D-lyn said...

How marvelous!
What is your tip for the inside out part?
When I do spaghetti I use a string inside but this has a closed end.
What did you do to help reverse it?

Come visit

Jennifer said...

Sorry to hear that your little ones aren't feeling well. I hope they all get better soon. And thank you so much for the tutorials!

mer said...

gorg. and I love the red lips!

Valerie said...

Love what you do, Erin! I am impressed you pulled this off with two sick kiddos! Great job! :)

Genevieve said...

so i've just stumbled across your blog and love it! i'm addicted to refashioning :) thanks for sharing the fun ideas- i would love to make the rosette soon!! if you're interested, i do run a blog myself where i post the sewing/craft/recipe stuff i do...

thanks!! and i'll be following by google reader if thats alright?! :)

Anonymous said...

This is awesome, Erin! Great timing too, as I'm looking for more tutorials to try :) I'm glad to hear you can simply adjust the tension instead of all that thread pulling I always hear about. Thanks for this! Hope the kids feel better soon.

Arti said...

very lovely brooch..wish i could make one for myself too..

Nancy Ward said...


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward

Anonymous said...

Well Erin, another cool project that went sour on me. Unfortunately, I think I have to go old school and pull on the string. I traded my manual machine in for a computerized one by Pfaff, and the thing is absolutely amazing. Only one problem, it guarantees to pull your fabric through evenly. So no matter what I do I cannot make a stitch that will ravel my fabric like that =o( I have free classes and I could go ask but for now I am in the dark on how to make this work. Despite my rotten luck, I love your work. Keep the cool ideas coming!

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