I get really distracted by pretty, shiny things. While window shopping recently, I found embellished tops and cardigans that gave me inspiration to make my own. If you’re not a sewer, as long as you can sew a button, you can make a cardigan like this–craft stores have lots of fabric and feather flowers that can be easily sewn onto any top. However, if you’d like to see how I made my fabric flowers, which requires only minimal, straight-stitch hand-sewing, keep on reading.
This is the first top I spotted:Jewel button crop top, and here’s what I came up with:
All of the buttons I purchased were from Hobby Lobby, from their Sew-ology line, and I bought them at 50% off, around $2 per button. This top I already owned, so the only expense was the buttons.
I also wanted to put my own spin on this cardigan: Lace printed cardigan. I really liked the fabric, and actually found a similar fabric to make one of my flowers (from Jo Anne Fabric). I bought a plain black cardigan from Old Navy, and found my charms/buttons at Hobby Lobby and Jo Annes–they were all purchased at 50% off. When choosing embellishments and fabric for flowers, choose lighter weight options, and sturdier cardigans.
I used a 3 inch pyrex dish top for the smaller flower, and a 5 inch top for the larger flower. Trace around your circle pattern on the fabric’s wrong side. Cut out, fold the circle in half, and cut the circle in two.
Fold the half circle in half, right sides together, and stitch up the straight side.
Turn it right side out, so that you have a fabric teepee.
Fold your teepee in half, so that the seam goes down the middle backside of the teepee.
Make a single stitch (like a drawstring) along the curve of the bottom–use a matching thread, but I used red so you could see it better.
Then pull the thread, so the fabric gathers,
and continue threading all of the petals on the thread–I usually make 5 petals per flower. When you have five, sew the first and last petal together to form a circle, making sure all the seams on the petals face the back.
You can sew/glue anything in the center of your flower, I used a flower button, and sewed it all together, and then hot glued a pin back to the flower, so I can easily remove it to launder the cardigan.
I use bar pins that are an inch and a half long, and I trace a quarter on felt, and hot glue over the pin to cover up all the loose threads. Then I sewed on the smaller charms/buttons onto the cardigan, and pinned on my fabric flowers. I discovered a line of charms at Hobby Lobby called ‘fairy tale’, and they have some really cute bookish charms based on classic books and fairy tales.
I really like the ‘Once Upon a Time ‘ charm, and I found this one as well, which I glued a pin back to:
There are a lot of cute Alice in Wonderland inspired charms in the fairy tale line as well, so I’d like to make something else as well. What have you been inspired by lately?