Happy Fourth of July!!! To celebrate today's holiday I whipped up this sweet little holiday corsage yesterday. It's red, white and blue at it's best. With a little imagination and fabric you can easily adapt this tutorial to any holiday or special occasion. I think this would be a lovely finishing touch to your outfit when worn to a wedding or garden party. The design is meant to be reminiscent of the ol' time corsages worn high on the shoulder but because of the versatile pin back/clip combo it can also be worn as a hair accessory or you can clip it to a long necklace for a focal accent. However you choose to wear it- Enjoy!
Fourth of July Fabric Corsage Tutorial
Tools and Materials
Embroidery floss or thread
Variety of coordinating fabrics (I used Moda)
Bit of ribbon or other trims if desired
Glue gun with glue stick
Pin back/clip combo (found it at Hobby Lobby)
Step One: Rip or cut a strip of fabric approx. 2' in length by 2 1/2" in width.
Step Two: Fold the strip in half width-wise, hold and tie a knot an inch or so from one end of the strip
Step Three: Thread your needle and pierce your knot in the center then begin to wrap the strip around the center knot, adding a stitch here or there as you go to hold the shape.
Step Four: Give the fabric a twist here or there before adding a stitch to create the form and appearance of petals.
Step Five: When finished, add a few more stitches to the base of the flower to secure. Then add a couple of stitches up and through the center. Knot off at back and cut thread.
Step Six: Choose a couple of coordinating fabric and cut 2-3 leaf shapes. Place on canvas and leaving a 1/4" border cut around your patterned fabric. Rip a few more strips to hang down decoratively from corsage as well.
Step Seven: Play around with your positioning and then stitch leaves to back of fabric flower as desired. Feel free to embellish your leaves by stitching around their edge or adding some buttons or beads. To add dimension to the leaf, pinch bottom and stitch to hold as shown.
Step Eight: When you've finished assembling your corsage and stitching it all securely in place heat up your glue gun and adhere pin back to back of flower. Hold for a few seconds for better bond. Alternatively, you could stitch on a pin back. Make sure to position slightly high on back of corsage so it hangs well.
Wear with patriotic pride
(and 'cause you know you look good).