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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Felt, fabric, or ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Needle and thread or a hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Brooch pin or large safety pin
  • Embellishments (optional)

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STEP ONE

Cut a a long strip of felt, fabric, or ribbon measuring 9 to 12 inches long and 1 inch wide.

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STEP TWO

Fold your material in half lengthwise.

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STEP THREE

Cut slits along the length of the material that go almost—but not quite—to the edge. You can create uniform ¼-inch slits, or vary the width to create different size “petals.”

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STEP FOUR

Keep the material folded and roll the fabric onto itself along its length (like you’re making sushi). Don’t roll it too tightly or you will end up with the inner half longer than the outer. If using a hot glue gun instead of sewing, place small dots of glue along the intact edge of the fabric every ½ inch or so.

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STEP FIVE

If you’re using needle and thread, keep the fabric rolled tight and sew one outer edge to the other, making sure to go through all the layers. Repeat several times in different directions until all the rolled layers are held in place.

STEP SIX

To add an extra dimension to your flower, cut felt or fabric leaves and sew or hot glue them to the bottom. You can also add feathers or other materials for a more personal touch. For the finishing touch, stick a pin through the base of your brand-new brooch.