Sunday, February 12, 2012

DIY Vintage Brooch Bouquet - Tutorial Part 4

I have finally finished my niece’s brooch bouquet. The last step was the bouquet handle. I wanted to use a vintage handkerchief and my mother fortunately had one from my grandmother that was bordered in lace and glass beads. It was perfect for the handle.

I went ahead and finished taping my bouquet handle. I put some more green tape around it in order to try to make it similar in size the whole way down the handle and then I wrapped white tape around that. The reason I wanted to finish with white tape is because my hankie is cream colored and I didn’t want the green tape showing through.

I assembled everything I would need – the bouquet, the hankie, some fusible interfacing, and red velvet buttons (which will tie in with other velvet pieces that will be used as part of the wedding decor).

I folded down my hankie at the top, because I wanted to have a border there. Then I measured and cut my interface to the size of the hankie minus the border. I then ironed the interface to the hankie.

I then pinned my hankie where the handle would go. To do this, I worked with the hankie on the handle until I figured out exactly where I wanted everything placed and marked it with two pins at the top. I then pulled it off and pinned it down the hankie where the handle would go.

I sewed two seams on the hankie where I had marked it with pins. I did this on my sewing machine. Then, I put the hankie on the handle.

I then wrapped the hankie around the handle and marked with a pencil where I would place my buttons. I planned to use the lace as my button holes so that was my guide for the buttons. Next, I sewed on the buttons where I had my marks.

I buttoned the hankie before putting it on the handle. It was just easier that way. And here is the finished bouquet.

Link to Part 1

Link to Part 2

Link to Part 3


  1. JewelrybyDorothy.etsy.comFebruary 15, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    Mary, this is so gorgeous! I hope you will be offering these on your Etsy site in the future. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks Dorothy - I'm having a lot of fun with this wedding stuff. I'm thinking about making some bouquets with vintage buttons for my store, but I don't know when I'll find the time.