Fri 10 May 2013
Hybrid World’s Best Mother Broach
Mother’s are the keepers of lost teeth, noodle necklaces, prom corsages and faded year books. They comfort us when we scrape our knees, have our first heart break and share their stories from days gone by. Their embrace is enough to wash away a bad dream and to know that they will love us no matter what. They give so much, and ask for nothing in return. Show gratitude and appreciation for your mother by means of a beautiful prize ribbon style broach for her to wear on Mother’s Day.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Printed papers from the Uniquely You kit
- Mom Add-On for Uniquely You Kit
- Sewing machine and coordinating threads **Optional
- Hot glue gun
- Tacky Glue
- Foam adhesive squares (assorted sizes)
- Paper scorer (highly recommended time saver!)
- Decorative edge paper punch
- Miscellaneous Rhinestones, buttons etc.
- Silhouette Cameo (for cutting your files out)** Optional
- Broach pin
- Adhesive Rhinestones, buttons etc.
- 1 and 3 inch circle punch (for accordion flower backs)
- Double sided permanent adhesive tape (sookwang or other)
There’s no sense reinventing the wheel. Miss Mint has a fantastic tutorial on how to make the accordion style paper flowers. Follow along with her to make an assortment of 5 different sized pinwheels. The largest being for your base of the broach, with another smaller one layered on top. The final 3 (or more as you see fit) are to cluster as accents on top.
NOTE: Prior to connecting your paper strips, for pleating you will need to punch the edges if you choose to use the decorative punch for added visual interest.
Okay, so your flowers are done and look sensational! You (if you’re anything like me) are now covered in glue! So clean your hands and let’s move on.
Make a selection of digital embellies to use on the broach (foliage, flowers, butter fly, words etc.) don’t forget to pick a bunch to be your “ribbon tails’, print and cut them out (If you have a Silhouette Machine…USE IT!!! IT will be your best friend!) I had to cut out my pieces individually with scissors.
Take your assorted strips to be used as tails and snip the ends in varying ways, layer them to get an idea as to how you’d like them to look when they are all stuck together.
Stitch randomly around the edges with the coordinated thread you picked out.
Using your double sided tape, start layering your ribbon tails to create the ribbon cluster for the bottom of the broach.
Attach the finished ribbon cluster to the BACK of the base pinwheel flower using tacky glue. Apply the glue to the RIGHT side of the cluster
Then flip it over and centre as needed, press and hold to get adhesion. Let this dry briefly so it won’t shift.
Now, you can start the layering of your other pinwheels and elements to build the face of the broach. Using foam adhesive squares and tacky glue attach the top pinwheel to the largest pinwheel base. Again, hold firmly to get adhesion.
Play around with your other elements to determine how they will be positioned prior to being permanently tacked in place.
Layer and attach your remaining embellishments, die cut flowers, butterflies (don’t forget to bend it’s wings so it looks like it’s ready to take flight) with tacky glue and adhesive squares as needed.
Position your “Mother” die cut and attach with glue or foam squares and bling it out with a little rhinestone and button action.
Let it dry completely!
A good couple of hours at least, before flipping it over to attach the broach closure pin on the back side. Add some hot glue in the appropriate spot, and then push in the pin so that the glue comes up through the holes in the closure.
All done, now go give your beautiful hand crafted ribbon to Mom and get her to wear it proudly (like she wouldn’t!) on Mother’s Day!