Stop and Smell the Roses
Make some of your own!
If you love ribbon like I do, then you will love this easy tutorial on how to make ribbon roses!
I don't know about you but I could wander through a craft store looking at the spools of satin ribbon and dream of ways to use them. I would love to go to Tinsel Trading in New York one day and just look at all the beautiful antique ribbons they sell.
I looked for ribbon tutorials on the internet and found so many of them to be too difficult or time consuming. I finally found this easy and quick way to make a rose and use it as a pin to go in the hair, on a package or on a shirt. The ribbon I am using is a 3 1/2 inch wide French Taffeta. I love it so much I used it on a pillow in my bedroom and added a little hair clip from The Iron Gate in Franklin!
wire edge ribbon(any size will do but I like using a thicker width so I can play with the petals a little more)
matching thread and needle
burlap and a litte fabric for a backing
Pin or clip backing(Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
3. On the opposite end of where you tied a knot, pull the wire until you have the ribbon bunched as much as possible. Leave the wire hanging because you will use this to secure the rose once finished.
This is what it will look like once you have pulled the wire bunched the ribbon as far as it can go.
4. Next take the knotted end and wrap the ribbon with the bunched end facing down around the center of the knot. Don't worry too much about the shape of the petals yet. You can pull and fluff them once you are done wrapping.
5. Once you have the ribbon wrapped all around the knot, take the wire that is hanging and use it to wrap the base of the flower to hold it together.
Here is a finished rose. Can you just see 10 or so of these little roses glued to the base of a lamp shade for a little girls room? If so, stop here and just go for it. If you want to use it on a package or even on the top of some fabulous high heels then move on to next step.
The only thing that would make this look even better is an antique rhinestone cloche glued to the center of the rose!
6. I decided to secure it to the burlap with a few simple stitches before gluing onto the pin just to make sure it would not unravel. Since sewing is not my strong suit I took a piece of fabric and glued it over the back of the burlap so you couldn't see my mess of stitching before gluing to the pin.
How easy was that? After you make your first one, you will be hooked and want to find ways to use these pretty roses!