I think the leaves of the croton plant are absolutely gorgeous:
So when I saw the leaves used to make a cuff in a runway show (blogged about here), I decided to make my own.
I started out with some sketches
I traced my sketches, pinned them onto felt, and cut them out. I sewed two leaves of each shape together to make each leaf thicker and sturdier. Then I painted.
I free-handed the designs while using my sketches as a reference, but could have also transferred the designs using tracing paper or a fabric pencil. I used magenta, dark green, light green, and yellow fabric paint. The easiest technique was to use the bottle they came in to apply the paint. I used a paintbrush for the magenta, but it was hard to control.
Finally, I laid out the leaves I liked best, and sewed them together. I used elastic and a snap to close the cuff.
After I did all this work, I realized I could have just bought a fake plant and hot glued the false leaves to some elastic. Or done a photo transfer onto fabric to make the leaves, then sewn them together. At least it is one-of-a-kind! And I had a lot of fun making it.