While my machine was "broken," I felt a little stir-crazy. I wanted to make something, but I couldn't sew. I had found this tutorial on Make It Do for peony brooches. By the way, I LOVE Make It Do. It's a fabulous blog with lots of great ideas. I have wanted to make some large flower brooches for a while, and this tutorial was perfect! I only needed ribbon, needle, thread, felt, and a pin. I had all the stuff!
Calli made her flowers a little tighter than I did. I didn't gather the ribbon quite as much. I made two of my flowers (teal and coral) using 2 yards of wired ribbon and one flower(pink) using 1.5 yards. They turned out pretty big, just like I wanted, almost 4.5 inches in diameter. The ribbon is gorgeous! I don't know if you can tell, but the pink ribbon has a gold sheen to it. I got the ribbon from Hobby Lobby in the by-the-yard section. There. The perfect accessory!