Fabric brooch

Fabric brooch

I made this fabric brooch as decoration for a handbag I have in mind. I just wanted to test something about the fabric, it turned out better than I expected.

A couple of weeks ago I came across this lovely headband by Make it and Love it. Check it out, it’s pretty easy.

In the instructions she warns that one has to be careful to choose fabric that does not burn. Which made me think what would fabric that burns look like. Only one way to find out.

I used taffeta for this brooch. It does catch fire, so you’ll have to be careful with your fingers and that the circles don’t burn too much, just the edges.

Fabric brooch

It’s hard to control the fire so that it burns uniformly, it ends up with a ragged, dark, thicker edge that I liked very much. I only used four circles for this one. It’s all held with glue, including the pin in the back.

While I set out to actually sew that bag, Ms. Bertha is wearing the pin. I think she likes it.

I am up to some small carpentry as soon as I dispatch my visitors off to the beach or the pool. There’s something that was left half-done last week because I ran out of nails (nails, on Bob Villa’s name, how comes I run out of nails?). I got nails now, so let’s see if I can be done soon.

So, what are you crafting these days?

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  • Anonymous September 16, 2010, 4:08 AM

    I love your blog! My niece makes jewelry and she's been working with fabric and burning the edges like that! It's a cool idea.

  • Kim August 25, 2010, 10:47 PM

    Clara! This is too strange! We just got some fun mary jane shoes and have been searching for a tutorial on fabric flowers so I recently came across those as well. We are definitely channeling the same energy!

  • Anji* August 25, 2010, 10:50 AM

    Love the brooch, and the burnt edges! I'm sure I would have had the same thought!