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Blossoming Brooch

This flower pin makes a pretty gift for Mom.

Created By: Helen Norman




  • 1 yard of lace trim
  • Craft glue
  • Pin
  • Sewing machine


  1. Step 1

    Machine-baste 1 yard of lace trim (see the Guide) 1/4 inch from its unfinished edge. Knot at one end.

  2. Step 2

    Gently pull unknotted end of thread while pushing trim, a few inches at a time, in the opposite direction, until trim bunches at knotted end.

  3. Step 3

    Coil along sewn edge, brushing on craft glue periodically to secure, until entire trim resembles a carnation. Tie thread end; trim excess.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a 1 1/2-inch circle from felt. Using a hot-glue gun, affix felt to back of coil; then glue a pin to the felt.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2009



Reviews (16)

  • Sistertammie 2 Mar, 2013

    Thank you to everyone for posting your comments. This helps me in making this craft. I am using this craft for our Mexico Mission Womens VBS craft for the day. You should see the awesome fabrics I have. I am also making some with Tule fabric. I cut a yard by 3", then rolled the ruffle till it was where I wanted it. This is an awesome craft, and I know the ladies are going to love it. I now know the little tips without having to find out on my own.

  • derek12 30 Sep, 2012

    I used to make these flowers when I was a little girl with my Grandma Lenchia setting in her sunny sewing room. She always had a pot of beans cooking and the the tortillas (cake) (thin and flat) balls of dough were rising by the stove. We would make about 12 doz. on the weekend for the family.. Brings back such wonderful memories. El Paso , Texas

  • CarolHudelson 4 Feb, 2009

    I always have 10 to 20 inch scraps of lace trim lleft when I do hems, so to use these up, I'm going to sew some of the scraps together to make a multicolored flower. It would also be fun to do a green lace flower for St. Patrick's Day.

  • DSunnylau 29 Jan, 2009

    I just love this idea. My friend is getting married soon and I'm giving her a Bridal Tea. She has picked the carnation as her flower. This is such a timely idea. I'm going to use these as the name card holder and then as the name tag for each person at the shower. Thank YOU!

  • patmcaudel 28 Jan, 2009

    i love this, but i think adding a leaf or two so it just peeps ouit the edge would be nice,. you could add it before the felt back.

  • Sillys 27 Jan, 2009

    Well, not "bouse". "Blouse". Ha

  • Sillys 27 Jan, 2009

    Usually I dislike "fluffy little fabric flower pins" (wow! a tongue-twister) BUT this looks so pretty - it matches her bouse (or scarf)! I'm liable to make these to coordinate with something I have ---- it will "update" some outfits that are beginning to look drab !

  • Anna_Marie 27 Jan, 2009

    There you go....kestrel answered your question about the guide...thanks, kestrel!

  • Anna_Marie 27 Jan, 2009

    maybe "the guide" is the photo with the different steps shown.

  • kestrel 27 Jan, 2009

    Many of these articles were originally published in the magazine, Martha Stewart Living. The Guide is a section at the back of each issue which has the resource information for the products shown in each article.

  • lrosieo 27 Jan, 2009

    Actually, its easier to hand sew the pin onto the felt disc, then hot glue it onto the back of the blossom. The pin will not fall off as it often will with the hot glue.

  • dosali 27 Jan, 2009

    I believe the guide is the is the photo depicting the 4 steps of creating the brooch.

  • Cakegirl20 27 Jan, 2009

    These would also be great to sew/glue onto a hair band or barrette! Yo could also put them onto handbags, baskets, make them into napkin rings, etc.!

  • doloresdew 27 Jan, 2009

    Hot glue gun is to attach the pin. as far as how wide it calls for lace trim and I guess it would be your choice of how large you would want the flower.
    In #1 it says to (see the Guide) - what is that?

  • mthree2 27 Jan, 2009

    I wonder how wide the lace should be? Also, it shows a hot glue gun, but says brush on craft glue....any suggestions. I'm a very visual crafter. I need to see things with directions before I make them. A flaw...I know.
    michele in pittsburgh

  • lbuser 27 Jan, 2009

    For me, that is a LOT of hot glue. Years ago we made these same pins but they were sewn. You can sew the pin to the felt very easily and then either hot glue or sew the lace to the felt. Also, if you use an open lace then the beginning knot will just pull through. In that case, tie the top thread and bobbin thread together. These are really pretty on the lapel of a jacket or coat.