by Lauren Reeser
Cockades are so cool. They add so much interest and texture to a hat, pinned to a jacket, even tied onto your shoes. So here's how to make them...
- about 1 yard of wide grosgrain/petersham ribbon
- corkboard (or something to pin into) - I like the cheapies from IKEA. They have a hole in them, comes very in-handy.
- needle and thread
- iron for pressing flat
- a decorative "centerpiece" like a large button or brooch
Use the pins to hold things in place.
Step 2 - completing the circle. This is where it gets tricky. You are going to lift the starting point and tuck the ending fold underneath. Adjust until everything is even.
If you are leaving the tail on, fold it back on itself. This fold will be covered by the starting-end pleats. If you are removing the tail, simply trim it off and fold it under.
Step 3 - stitch things in place. I go through the hole in the board and around the middle of the cockade, where the stitching will be covered by the ornament. On the backside, I whipstitch the pleats to each other, since these won't be seen. I recommend stitching a felt pad to the back to lend the cockade stability and have a surface upon which to secure your pin back or clip.
The back of the cockade, stitching things in place
Back of the cockade, showing stitchings.
And there you have it! Cockades look fantastic while being surprisingly easy to make. They do take a little practice, but soon you'll be making them by the dozen and pinning them all over everything! For more cockade inspiration, visit House of Nine's Design blog.