Make a Lovely Denim Sunflower Corsage

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers and denim is my favourite fabric to upcycle. So I decided to combine the two and make a denim sunflower corsage that can be worn either on the wrist or pinned to the chest.

This is a really easy fashion craft and costs virtually nothing as you are using just some scraps. The main bit is a scrap piece of denim fabric about 20cm squared in total but can be made up of smaller pieces.

Paste the piece of denim with the Mod Podge. Leave it to dry thoroughly. The glue will stiffen the denim fabric and make it easy to cut. Also, the fabric Mod Podge will prevent the denim from fraying.

Print out the free sunflower template from my blog. This is a set of three sunflower petal patterns in three different sizes. Draw around each pattern on the back of the denim.

Cut out the shapes. This should be easy with the stiffened denim.

Next, construct the sunflower by placing the cut denim petals on top of each other. Make sure that the smallest petals are on the top and the largest on the bottom. Also, offset the sunflower petal layers, to make the sunflower look as full as possible.

I stitched the three pairs of layers together using a simple running stitch in the centre. The layers of petals on the fabric sunflower denim corsage could be glued together in the centre instead.

For the centre of the sunflower get a long thin strip of yellow felt. Fold the strip of felt in half along the length. You may need some pins to keep it in place. Then carefully snip cuts into the fold, don’t go right to the edge. Make a snip at intervals about 3-4mm apart. Then roll the cut strip of felt up, secure it with either a stitch or some glue.

Next, attach the felt centre to the denim corsage, either with stitches or glue. Finish off the denim corsage by either attaching a safety pin or elastic to the back. Use a safety pin for pinning to the chest or elastic to wear on the chest.

I love making denim flowers, you should check out my very popular denim roses (see them here) that could also make into a corsage.

I have another broach project on my site this time using sweater scraps (see here).

Suggested materials:
  • Denim scraps
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Felt strip
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
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