Today, Smitten Kitten has a very quick tutorial for you -- how to make a ribbon rosette brooch!
What you need
Glue Gun (or Farbri-tac glue)
Needle and Thread
Piece of leather (or stiff felt/Lacey's stiff stuff -- must be firm)
Button or cabochon for center piece
First, cut your base material into a circle to use as the base of your brooch. (Remember, you don't need to use leather for this -- felt or Lacey's stiff stuff will work great!)
Sew on the brooch back, while heating up your glue gun.
Working from the outside in, run a rim of heated glue and stick your ribbon around the edge. Continue to glue and spiral the ribbon towards the inside of the circle. Once you are close to the middle, cut the ribbon to an end.
If you are using a button with a shank for the middle focal, snip the shank with pliers so it will sit well in the middle.
Simple, eh? Really, really, really simple!
Remember if you do not want to make the pleated ribbon yourself, you can buy the ribbon already pleated from the internet (like I did!).
Experiment with sizes, different ribbons, different buttons .... enjoy them as brooches, as keyrings, as handbag charms.... just ENJOY!
Written by Nicola of Smitten Kitten