Today’s Tuesday, so here’s my first DIY!
This week: How To Make Ribbon Flowers
- fabric ribbon
- thread of complimentary color
Begin by making a loop of ribbon like this, leaving a short tail.
Now tack it down with 1-2 small hand stitches.
Now, make another loop next to the first one and attach it securely.
until you have done about five or six. Then start the next layer right over that one. Repeat making loops until the flower looks complete. You can add as many layers as you would like, depending on what you want type of flower you want.
As you can see, I have done two layers here, of five petals each. I find that usually five petals per layer fits best, and I usually do a minimum of two layers, as the first layer sometimes appears a bit lopsided.
Now for the back of the flower…
Remember the tail we left at the beginning? This is what you can use to make a slot for a bobby pin.
As you can see, I just folded it over a couple of times and stitched along both sides.
Or if you want you can trim it off and leave it to attach to a hair band, a dress, or anything you want!
Now it’s up to you as to how to finish off the top of the flower. You can attach beads, sequins, a knot of ribbon, tiny seashells, or whatever you want to decorate the center of the flower with. Be creative!
In this tutorial I’ve used organza ribbon, but you can use any type of fabric ribbon you want. I find satin ribbon makes really beautiful flowers.
I think it’s important not to stress over perfection; each flower is one-of-a-kind; as with a real flower, each one will have its own unique appearance. It’s the overall beauty of the flower that counts! Once you get the hang of making these ribbon flowers, you can start experimenting with different combinations of ribbon, different types, sizes, colors, etc. as well as leaves and other embellishments.
I hope you enjoy making these lovely flowers as much as I do.
Stay tuned as more tutorials are to come!