How to Make a Ballet Dress Brooch

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June 28, 2017

Ballet Dress Brooch - cute ballet dress pinThis delightful little brooch will please any little girl (and some adults too!) and takes just a few little scraps of ribbon and cloth to make.



  • 3.5 in of 1 inch wide ribbon
  • 5 in of .25 inch wide ribbon
  • 3 pieces of fine cloth such as organza or net, 7 inches x 2 inches each
  • sticky gem embellishments
  • strong clear or PVA glue
  • needle and thread
  • 1 brooch back
Ballet Dress Brooch - supplies, ribbon and organza
Ballet Dress Brooch - supplies tape measure, glue, and scissors
Ballet Dress Brooch - supplies needle and thread
Ballet Dress Brooch - supplies pin back


  1. Apply glue to the wide ribbon.
  2. Ballet Dress Brooch - apply glue to wide ribbon at end
  3. Stick the ends together to make the bodice.
  4. Ballet Dress Brooch - stick ends together to make the bodice
  5. Cut the narrow ribbon in half and apply glue to both ends of each piece.
  6. Ballet Dress Brooch - cut narrow ribbon in half and apply glue to both ends of each piece

  7. Fold in half and insert into the bodice to form the shoulder straps.
  8. Ballet Dress Brooch - fold in half and insert into the bodice
    Ballet Dress Brooch - shoulder straps made
  9. Lay the three pieces of organza on top of each other and make 2 rows of running stitches through all layers along one edge. Note, depending on the qualities of your fabric, you may need only two or even one piece of fabric.
  10. Ballet Dress Brooch - layer the organza and make multiple roes of running stitches
    Ballet Dress Brooch - two rows of running stitches
  11. Gather the threads up, knot them to secure and apply glue.
  12. Ballet Dress Brooch - gather and knot threads
    Ballet Dress Brooch - apply glue to gathered edge

  13. Insert the skirt into the bodice and trim the bottom edge if it is untidy or uneven.
  14. Ballet Dress Brooch - glue skirt inside the bodice and trim bottom as needed
  15. Sew the pin onto the back and glue a small piece of ribbon in place to keep it looking neat.
  16. Ballet Dress Brooch - sew the pin on the back
    Ballet Dress Brooch - cover with a small piece of ribbon
  17. Apply your choice of embellishments and your brooch is ready to wear once the glue is thoroughly dry.
  18. Ballet Dress Brooch - apply embellishments and allow glue to dry
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