Recycle: Denim Rosette Brooch

Recycle Denim Sleeve & It's Hem Into Rosette

Recycle Denim Sleeve & It's Hem Into Rosette

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This is the last tutorial on how to fully recycle an outgrown denim dress into a 4-piece outfit: make a denim rosette brooch out of a sleeve and it’s hem.
I got this idea from the denim-roll brooch I made from a jean’s side seam, which was meant to match my 100% recycle tote bag. Instead of the plain rolling, I made a few stitches to create petals of the rosette. Without wasting the denim fabric of the sleeve, I cut 2 leafs from it to cover the bottom of the rosette and attach a brooch pin.
This method is not confined only to sleeve and it’s hem, you can use any outfit’s double roll hem to make. Also, it hasn’t need to be denim, you can try it on other type of fabric. Thicker and longer hem creates bigger flower.
Buy the idea? Get the tutorial on how to make this beautiful denim rosette brooch from a sleeve and it’s hem after this jump:

1. Hem (Double roll type) from denim clothing.
2. Strong thread (closest color to the denim)
3. Strong needle for hand sewing
4. Brooch pin

1. Scissors
2. Pliers (optional)
3. Leather scrap (optional but helpful)

recycle sleeve hem This is the sleeve I salvaged from my daughter’s outgrown denim dress.
The leather scrap and pliers are optional but they are handy when hand sewing thick pile of fabric.

rosette made from sleeve hemCut the seam of the sleeve. We don’t need that thick seam, you can throw away or keep it for other purpose.

recycle jeans hemCut along the hem line of the sleeve. Retain the sleeve, don’t throw.

recycle sleeve hemRoll 2 rounds on the hem to make the center of the rosette.

recycle hem of clothesMake a few stitches at the bottom to secure it. Use leather scrap and pliers if you find it is difficult to push and pull the needle through.

recycle hem into roseTo make the “petals” of the rosette, simply pull the “fold” edge of the hem down to the bottom by making a stitch on it.

upcycle hem into rosette broochLook at the arrow (not my ugly fingers, please!), that is the stitch which form petals of the rosette.

denim flowerKeep pulling and stitching to create more petals as you roll the hem.
Make sure you also make some stitches to the inner round of the rosette to secure all the rollings.
Loosen the gripping tension of the hem a little as the rosette gets bigger so that the petals at the outer layer look bigger too.
Continue rolling and stitching until you reach about 1″ from the end.

hide hem endBend the hem end away from the rosette and under it, sew at the bottom.

back of rosetteThe bottom of the rosette.

denim rosetteThe top of the denim rosette. You can use it as it is, or continue the tutorial to make it into a brooch with leafs.

denim rosette broochTo make the rosette into a brooch, you need 2 denim leafs and a brooch pin.

recycle denim sleeve to flower brooch Draw and cut 2 leafs from the balance denim fabric of the sleeve.

recycle denim fabricOverlap the leafs and sew the brooch pin on them.

sew leave to rosettePlace the leafs+pin combo on the back of the rosette, stitch them to the rosette. Only sew on the circumference of the leaf.
You can glue it on too but I like to sew which make it more securely fasten. I don’t have to worry to throw it into the washing machine for cleaning up when it get soiled.

back of denim rosette broochThe back of the denim rosette brooch.

make denim rosette broochPin it on any where you like.

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7 comments... read them below or add one

  1. So easy to make and a great result. Loved it.

  2. Complemento ideal!!!
    Muchas gracias, me encanto!!!
    Besos y buen fin de semana :)

    Translation (by Google):
    Ideal supplement!
    Thank you very much, I love it!
    Kisses and good weekend

  3. This site is great. I kept the hem cutoff from my t-shirt ragging to make roses, but I think I like the denim better. Keepin it green, Yeah.

  4. I’m looking at your leaves and thinking that they might fray in the wash. Gently painting the very edges with some clear nail polish will protect against fraying. Nice tutorial! I’m looking forward to doing this one.

  5. Great idea! I have seen this “rose” made with one side of a zipper too. So creative!

  6. Muy original! felicitaciones!!.

    Translation (by Google):
    Very original! congratulations!!.

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