My sister found this poem titled ‘Mother’ in one of Rachel Ashwell’s interior decorating books called Shabby Chic Interiors – My Rooms, Treasures and Trinkets. It has been passed from one to another in our family – all of us feeling drawn in by the sentiment of the words.
So with Mother’s Day just around the corner for those of us in the UK, and just a little bit later for those elsewhere, I thought I would do a tutorial for a little homespun gift. I’ve chosen to do a tutorial for a corsage to accompany and secure a scarf – a scarf corsage! I took up making these a few years ago. I spent ages trying to make my scarf look nice and the only way I thought it looked any good was to have a little added extra where it was looped. I started by attaching brooches to hair bands. I then made a few little tweaks to get them where they are today. They are so simple to make and depending on the fabric you choose, can be suitable for snuggly winter scarfs or float away summery ones.
You will need…
- Approximately 50cm (for what I describe as a daisy style corsage) or 100cm (for a rose style corsage) of fabric, trim or ribbon.
- Beading elastic
- Needle and thread
- Button to decorate centre (for daisy style corsage only)
One thing to consider when choosing beads for the tie – sometimes it is best to have beads that blend in with the scarf, rather than the corsage. This is usually when the colour of the corsage is very different to the colour of the scarf.
Step 1 – Prepare your fabric or ribbon.
Do any decorative treatments you are wanting to your length of fabric, trim or ribbon. This could include scalloping, trimming in pinking shears, dying, embroidery, and adding sequins or beads. You will also need to neaten the ends of your fabric or ribbon.
Step 2 – Pleat your fabric in a circular motion to create the corsage.
Fold the ribbon in half so the cut ends are together. Pleat your corsage. This can be done by having your thumb and fingers pinching at the bottom. This will give you a corsage that is more three dimensional – like a rose.
Fold the ends down to the bottom where you are holding onto the flower. This will ensure your flower doesn’t have cut ends on display.
Alternatively you can have your fingers underneath and your thumb on top. This will give you a corsage that is more two dimensional – like a daisy.
Step 3 – Stitch the centre of your corsage to secure the pleats in place.
The rose shaped corsage should be stitched about 1cm from the bottom on the outside. Flatten the bottom of the flower and stitch from one side to the other.
The daisy type corsage should be stitched in the centre, going through from wrong side to right side. Stitch a small circle, securing all the pleats.
Step 4 – Attach decorations.
This is the time to attach any buttons, sequins, beads etc to the centre of your corsage.
I left the rose shaped corsage plain – I thought it was already fancy enough.
For the daisy shaped corsage, I covered a button with a scrap of fabric and then attached it to the centre.
Step 5 – Prepare band.
Cut a 30cm length of beading elastic. Tie a knot in one end and thread with your chosen beads.
Knot both ends together below the original knot you had and then trim the ends, removing the original knot.
Step 6 – Attach beaded elastic to corsage.
For the rose shaped corsage, lay elastic over stitching line at the bottom. Attach by stitching over and under the elastic along the length. Repeat this stitching until the elastic feels secure.
For the daisy shaped corsage, lay elastic across the centre on the back. Attach by stitching over and under the elastic for approximately 2cm in the middle.
Step 7 – Cover or finish off your stitching.
The rose shape corsage was made using a length of ribbon, so aside from the two ends it already had a nice edge. Trim the ends and use a product called ‘fray stop’ to prevent the ribbon from unravelling. If you don’t have any fray stop, a tiny bit of PVA or clear nail polish will do the trick too!
For the daisy shape corsage, cut a circle to cover the area of stitching at the back. Stick it down with some fabric glue or PVA. You may need to lay a weight over the fabric circle until it has dried a little and has bonded to the corsage.
So there you have it – an oh, so simple handmade gift for mother’s day. I worry my words or pictures might make it look complicated, but take my word for it, it really isn’t! Happy crafting…
And, of course, a very happy mother’s day to my lovely mum – on my mother’s day here and on your mother’s day there!