Mothers Day Corsage


What better way to show how much you love your mum than by making her a beautiful recycled jewelry corsage. A quick make, creating a beautiful new story from tattered memories.

I am a magpie, I can’t resist the glitter of costume jewelry and it’s even better if it’s broken, crying out for recycling. I keep my stash of broken jewels and orphaned earrings in a beautiful old soapbox. It’s covered with an exotic print that whispers promises of far off other times Moghul Palaces. Inspired by the box I set off to make a mothers day corsage from broken jewels and recycled shirt fabric.

You will need:

  • Old shirts ready for recycling
  • Scissors and pinking sheers
  • Needle and thread in colour to match
  • Brooch pin
  • Broken broach or orphaned earrings
  1. Take two sleeves from shirts of contrasting fabric. Cut two strips from the widest parts of the sleeves, one 1.5cm wide and another 2cm wide. Use straight scissors to cut one side of the strips and pinking sheers for the remaining side.
  2. To make two rosettes, with the needle and thread, sew with a running stitch along the straight cut side of one of the strips. When you get to the end of the strip pull the thread so the fabric gathers up, to form the rosette, sew the ends under each other. Repeat to make the second rosette.
  3. Place the smaller rosette over the larger one, then stitch together. Take the jewels and sew onto the middle of the rosette. Sew the brooch pin on the reverse of the rosette. If you don’t have a brooch pin use a safety pin instead.

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