Here's what you will need:
- red, white, and blue striped ribbon: I used 7/8" ribbon. I wouldn't go much thinner, but you could go thicker. I got 4 cockades out of a 9' spool. The cockade was 2.5" wide, which I thought was perfect.
- a place to anchor the ribbon while making the ruffle part: I used another ribbon spool
- felt or other fabric for backing
- hot glue gun with hot glue sticks
- safety pin or pin back
- needle and navy blue thread
- small button
- something round to trace for the backing
1. Follow the first 3 steps of the cockade instructions on the American Duchess blog found here. Make sure you sew carefully! These stitches are the most important factor in holding the cockade together.
2. Glue the ribbon ends together with a small dab of glue.
3. Put some glue onto the back of the button and press it onto the front of the cockade over the stitches.
5. Put glue on the backing and press it onto the back of the cockade.
6. If you are using a pin back, glue it onto the backing and skip steps 7-10. If you're using a safety pin like I did, put a line of glue as about as long as your safety pin on the backing.
7. Press the pin into the glue. Hold it upright for a few seconds while the glue cools so the pin doesn't fall over.
8. Cut a strip of felt that fits inside of the pin (a little less wide than the pin).
9. Spread glue over the strip.
10. Open the pin and press the felt over the bottom part of the pin.
Hope it went well for you! Just be warned, the button fell off of one I made for a friend, but she said she was playing with it. If you're careful you should be fine.
Best of luck!