Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ribbon Flower Tutorial & Wedding Pictures

Life has been crazy around here since getting home from New Zealand and I still need to do a few vacation posts and show you pictures of our adventures along with pictures from two quilt shops that I was able to visit but in the meantime I have a tutorial for you. You can see the post I did HERE about making my daughter's bridal bouquet.

  • 1 yard 3/4" Chevron Twill Tape from Kari Me Away
  • 1 Decorative Button
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Small Ruler
  • 7 Straight Pins

1. Begin by cutting 7 strips measuring 5" in length.

2. Align the ribbon next to your ruler and insert a pin at the 2 3/4" mark on the ruler.

3. Fold each end in toward the 2 3/4" measurement and secure with two pins.

4. Fold the shorter end toward the larger end and secure with a pin. Repeat this process for the remaining 6 ribbon strips. This will create the petals for the flower.

5. Thread needle with quilting thread (it's stronger) and knot the end. Insert the needle and using a running stitch go in and out twice. Refer to picture below.

6. Repeat this process for the remaining 6 ribbon petals. Stringing them onto the quilting thread one at a time as seen in the picture below.

7. To Connect the flowers insert the needle into the first ribbon where you started.

8. Pull thread to gather the petals. Continue to sew around the back of the flower stitching from petal to petal to secure the flower. Knot the end of your thread but don't cut it off. You will bring it to the front to sew on the button.

9. Turn the flower over and stitch on the button. Tie off the thread and cut the end.

Now that you've made a flower you may be asking what to do with it. Well, here are a few suggestions, you can sew it on a pin back to attach to any item like a purse, an apron, or a blouse. You can also glue the flower to a headband or hair clip. You can also do what I did and make a handmade bridal bouquet with all sorts of ribbon flowers.

Here are a few pictures of the happy couple and the bridal bouquet.


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Thimbleanna said...

They look so cute Kim! I can't wait to see your trip pictures. Thanks for the flower tutorial!

grammajudyb said...

The flower tutorial looks do-able. So pretty in your daughters bouquet. I may try with Christmasy ribbon for a coat pin. FUN!

Liz said...

Thanks for teh tutorial. I love how the petals have two layers and I'm having visions of these on barettes for my daughter.