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Sew Denim Rosette Brooch

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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 its hem.

denim rosette

I got this idea from the denim-roll brooch I made from a jean’s side seam, which was meant to match my 100% recycled 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 leaves from it to cover the bottom of the denim rosette and attach a brooch pin.

This method is not confined only to the sleeve and its 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 types of fabric. A thicker and longer hem creates a bigger flower.

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denim rosette

Denim Rosette Brooch

Yield: Denim Brooch
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1 - $5

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 its hem.

Enjoy sewing them!


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


  • Scissors
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Leather scrap (optional but helpful)


  1. 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 a thick pile of fabric.recycle sleeve hem

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

  3. Cut along the hemline of the sleeve. Retain the sleeve, don’t throw.recycle jeans hem

  4. Roll 2 rounds on the hem to make the center of the denim rosette.recycle sleeve hem

  5. Make 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 of clothes

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

  7. Look at the arrow (not my ugly fingers, please!), that is the stitch which forms petals of the rosette.upcycle hem into rosette brooch

  8. a. Keep 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.
    b. Loosen the gripping tension of the hem a little as the denim rosette gets bigger so that the petals at the outer layer look bigger too.
    c. Continue rolling and stitching until you reach about 1″ from the end.denim flower

  9. Bend the hem end away from the denim rosette and under it, sew at the bottom.hide hem end

  10. The bottom of the denim rosette.back of rosette

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

  12. To make the denim rosette into a brooch, you need 2 denim leaves and a brooch pin.denim rosette brooch

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

  14. Overlap the leaves and sew the brooch pin on them.recycle denim fabric

  15. Place the leafs+pin combo on the back of the rosette, stitch them to the denim 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 fastened. I don’t have to worry to throw it into the washing machine for cleaning up when it gets leave to rosette

  16. The back of the denim rosette brooch.back of denim rosette brooch

  17. Pin it on anywhere you like.Recycle denim hem into rosette

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Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Like your method of making a rosette!! Thanks for sharing!!

Elsa Aranda

Sunday 27th of October 2013

Muy original! felicitaciones!!.

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


Monday 16th of July 2012

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


Saturday 21st of January 2012

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.

Craft Passion

Saturday 21st of January 2012

Thanks for the tips. It did fray a little after wash.

Margie Bushell

Thursday 9th of June 2011

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.

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