It's time for another brooch !!
After my chrysants silk brooch tutorial last year, I didn't make any brooch, or pin, up to you. Last weekend, I finished my postponed Eid projects, which are a pair of two matching tops for me & my daughter, and a pair of brooches, that is this Poppy bloom, inspired by my hand sketch
I made the brooches in big size (for mom) and small size (for kiddo). The above brooch is the big one, for me
I made it using a tutorial on how to make Poppy flowers in this fabulous book, Fabulous Fabric Flowers. In Indonesia, you can find it in most major bookstores, such as Gramedia. I found this one from Gramedia Grand Indonesia. If you're so willing to have it, but can not find it nearby, you can count on Amazon.com ^_^
The most basic process in making fabric flowers is stiffening process. The process helps to give the fabric a permanent and hard finish, so you can shape it into anything you want. The fabric stiffeners are common in US, but I can't find it anywhere in Indonesia. Or it is because I'm just too lazy to roam craft/hardware stores ? I don't have any idea
Well, in case you have the same problem as mine, here is how I made the fabric stiffener by myself :
1. Fabrics and tools you need to make the poppy flowers, some are : a solid cotton lawn for petals, a matching cotton for the center of the flower. I used an easy-to-find school glue. As long as the glue is clear/colorless, I will say it is okay to use any school/craft glue
2. Mix and dillute one amount of glue + 2 amount of water in a bowl (or plastic case)
3. Dab the glue mixture into your fabric. Let it dry completely
4. After the fabric is dry, it will stiffen. Voila ! You can cut and shape it into anything
I used the brooch to brighten my green linen top. Isn't it pretty ? No ? I'm bragging you, please ^_^
The good news is I will share this green linen top's pattern & tutorial this week. I still have one more tutorial for the itty bitty version, too.
After I made the brooches, I'm seriously addicted to make more and more brooches. Do you have any favorite link about pins / brooches tutorial ? Please share it with me
Many people have started crafting their gifts for holiday season. The links will help me ( and them) a lot
p.s : I'm currently working on bigger and various patterns for Mini Me Shirt. I will need some pattern testers ! You can expect them to be ready at third week of this October
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