Make a Ruffled Fabric Corsage

For Craft Revival tomorrow, the ladies of Handmade Detroit made corsages for the first 50 mom shoppers! There are four different kinds, each from different materials and using unique techniques. These are the corsages I made, from vintage fabric and buttons of course! For those of you who can’t make it to the fair, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own at home – for mom or yourself!

You will need:

Fabric at least 40 inches in length



Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat

a metal pinback

one fairly large button (not pictured)

Cut a strip of your fabric 2 inches wide and 40 inches long (you can make it wider or longer too, depending on how big and poofy you want it)

Sew a loose running stitch about 1/4 of an inch up from the bottom edge of the stripĀ  (about 1/2 inch wide stitches)

and pull on your thread after your first few stitches are in to begin gathering the edge.

After each stitch, pull your thread again, and if you do it on top of a flat surface, the fabric will bunch and turn on it’s own, making a ruffled circle

and it will stack on top of itself starting a second layer to your fabric flower

When you reach the end of your strip, go around the inner edge of your circle and put in a few stitches to hold the layers together in place.

and then stitch your button in the center. You can use any type of button – shank or flat, but I prefer flat.

Stitch your pinback in the center of the back, just a few stitches on each side to make it good and secure.

and you are done! Pin it on your shirt or purse for a pop of color!

Want to see the other corsages from the Handmade Detroit ladies? Check them out here!