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Zip Flower Brooch

Make this lovely unusual brooch,

you can vary the colours to suit any outfit

What will you need?

  • 41cm (16") Metal Open-ended zip
  • Matching thread
  • Piece of matching felt
  • Brooch pin or safety pin
  • ​Small Bead for the centre (optional)
  • Needle, scissors
  • Glue gun or strong glue
  • Candle or lighter
  • Take your zip and cut off the excess fabric at the end
  • Then cut 7x 6cm pieces
  • Using a candle or lighter hold the ends of each piece near the flame to seal them. This stops the fraying.
  • Don't hold it to close or the fabric will melt. If you're using a light coloured zip be careful as the flame can leave a black mark
  • Double up a length of thread and knot the end
  • Sew a running stitch along the edge of the fabric, try and keep the stitches as even as possible as you will get a neater result
  • ​Pull the thread to gather up the zip into a 'petal' shape
  • Either do a few stitches to secure it in this position
  • Or hold it tight and push the needle and thread back through the gathers and secure it at the place where you started
  • Repeat this process for the other pieces so you should end up with 7 petal shapes
  • Take two petals and overlap them so that the edge of one is in the centre of the other

 

  • Stitch them together
  • Then add another one in the same way
  • Join all the petal shapes in the same way, securing the last one to the first to form a circle

 

  • Take the other piece of the zip and trim off the excess fabric at the end
  • Then cut a 28cm piece and seal both ends with a flame as before

You can leave the zip as a longer piece and gather it up, checking you have the right size by laying it on the flower shape, then seal the end before finishing the stitches. This will give you a bit of leeway in case the size of your flower is slightly different.

  • Start to roll up the zip, it's a bit difficult to start with but get it as tight as you can
  • Then put a few stitches through it to keep it in place
  • Then stitch a running stitch along the edge of the fabric as you did with the petals
  • You might want to gather the zip as you go. It makes it easier to manipulate the zip into the right position
  • When you get to the end of the zip tuck the last bit slightly under the edge of your spiral shape
  • And secure it on the back with a few stitches
  • You also need the stitch through the fabric a few times to make sure the spiral shape stays in place

 

  • Cut a 5cm round of felt (I've used a 3mm extra thick felt, but you can use the standard or stick two pieces together if you wish)
  • Stitch a brooch pin or safety pin onto the felt circle
  • Now glue the flower shape onto the felt circle
  • Then glue the spiral into the centre, it should cover all the ends of the petals
  • You can now add a bead or small button into the centre if you wish, but it also looks good without

You can also use plastic zips, but it is best to use the open-ended ones as the zip teeth are bigger.

This doesn't have to be a brooch either, it also looks great on a hair band or slide or added to a hat.

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