DIY Flowers – Ribbon Flower Tutorial

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Now how PRETTY are these? The best thing – you can make them yourself! Just pick your ribbon and some glass beads and keep reading.

Today’s DIY tutorial is on how to make your own ribbon flowers, and is a guest post by the fabulous ‘Mrs Beagle’ (aka Liz) who contributes to Wedding Bee. I love these ribbon flowers and they are just perfect to add a personal flowery touch to favours, decorations, shoes, hair accessories, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfits or even your own wedding dress. You can add them to almost anything in fact. I’m thinking of making one to attach to an old clutch bag. Even better they won’t break the bank. Aren’t they gorgeous? For more on Mrs Beagle’s fab ideas you can check out her blog here. Go on you creative types – start ribbon shopping!

Supplies

  • Ribbon (I used 1 1/2″ width w/ the wire-lined edges- it stays in place better) OR 44″/45″ fabric (I used special occasion fabric).
  • Co-ordinating thread -needle -buttons, beads, (or you can just use thread), to use as embellishment

Before you begin

  • Thread your needle and tie a knot at one end. Put aside to be used for later.
  • Cut about 22″-24″ of ribbon from your spool.
  • Fold fabric in half, selvage to selvage. After squaring up your fabric , cut a 1 1/2″ wide strip.

1. Start by folding over the ribbon/fabric on one end to make a pleat like this:

2. Continue holding the pleat against the edge of the ribbon/fabric with one hand. This will be the center of the flower. Continuing making new pleats towards the center while holding the existing pleats together:

3. Continue this process until you reach the starting point:

4. Begin a new row on top of the first row, while continuing to hold the ribbon/fabric together at the center. Pleat until you can pleat no more!…um, or until you have reached the end of the ribbon/fabric:

5. Collect the threaded ribbon and sew through the middle of the flower, making close, small stitches:

Make sure the flower stays together without having to hold it.

6. Petals:

To make petals (as I did with my shoe flowers), I just used a small pair of scissors to cut petal shapes into the fabric.  I also sewed a glass-like button to the middle of the flower.

7. Embellishments:

Add anything else as you see fit :)

Ta da!

Prefect way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon me thinks!

Have a lovely day everyone. Tomorrow I’m very excited to be showcasing the talents of a new business on the blog – can’t wait!

Charlie x

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