Two things my wardrobe is never and has never been short of: bright colors and accessories. On my first day of high school, I wore this hot pink skirt with these hot pink fishnet tights and hot pink sneakers. (eep.) A girl I played basketball with told me months later that the first day she met me, she actually thought I was some sort of a "pink gothic" girl or something. I also ran cross country for 7 years and I used to run at practice in these long dangly earrings. Occasionally I wore these glittery blue sunglasses, too. Sure, I was teased (often) for the things I wore... one cross country teammate, a boy, asked me every time I wore my zebra-print running tights if I robbed the zoo. He would walk away giggling in a Quasimodo-meets-high-school-boy style.
I want to make clear that I was never bullied or anything, the teasing rarely bothered me... and honestly when you French braid Christmas tinsel into your hair for school, you deserve to be picked on. (Yeah, I also did that.) About a month ago I asked my boyfriend if he was ever embarrassed to be around me in high school, (we've been dating since then) and he paused a bit and said,"Not really... Weird girls are cute too." Hahahahha. Thanks. Thanks a lot. ;)
That being said, I am really working on my tendencies to over-accessorize. Take these little pom pom corsages I just made. I took OFF my necklace and earrings because I thought a cluster of little poofs was enough accessorizing for this look. I truly am working on my accessory hoarding, but it sure does NOT help that I work for a scarf store. ;)
To make these little pom pom corsages, you need:
♥Fabric (I like using cotton or thin fabrics for this. The plasticky fabrics are hard to sew through.)
♥Thicker fabric like felt
♥Needle and thread
♥Hot glue gun
♥Safety pin or a broach pin
Step 1: Start by cutting a bunch of little circles out of fabric. I would say at least 10 for one pom pom corsage.
One easy way to cut out circles is to fold a square piece of fabric in fourths and then making a round cut from corner to corner. After you have the circles, you can fold them back into fourths and stitch the pointy corners together.
Fold the circles in fourths like this. Then you need to add more and more folded circles until your poof is fluffy enough.
Stitch the folded circles together in the middle. Once you let go of the little circles, they will fluff up like petals. Add more and more folded circles until you get a pom pom flower that looks full.
Step 3: I used this furry fabric for the backing of the corsage, but you can use anything thick like felt. I stitched broach pins to the fabric, but safety pins would also work. I sewed the pin to the backing and then used a hot glue gun to attach the flower to the backing with the pin. Here is mine:
(Cool tip-- if you use a pin as your backing, you can always slip a bobby pin into the pin and pin the corsage into your hair for a hair accessory.)
And there you go! Fluff the flower to taste and then pin it on your favorite cardigan or blazer. Hope this helps all the other accessory addicts out there. ;)