Jun. 2010 25

Ribbon Belt: pt 2

Ok, so earlier this week I had my tutorial for a super fast ribbon belt. Here’s part two: the ribbon flower. I made this flower into a pin so that I could wear it separate from the belt. I’ve actually been making a lot of flowers recently. Until a short while ago, I had never made fabric flowers of any kind. And I’m the type of person who easily becomes obsessed when I learn something new. So now I’m on a big kick of making them using all different methods. Which lead to my boyfriend making the comment “So, uh, what’s with you and flowers?” Isn’t he so cute?

So flower making time!

You’ll need ribbon, a pin back (or large safety pin), and a small piece of sturdy fabric (I happened to have some duck cloth laying around)

1. Cut a length of ribbon. The length of the ribbon will dictate how big the ribbon is, so cut accordingly. To tell you the truth, I know lots of people would measure at this point, but I just used the end of the spool of ribbon. So however long that was, was the length I used :)

2. Sear the ends of the ribbon so they don’t fray.

3. Using a needle and thread, stitch along the bottom edge of the ribbon. Shorter stitches will make the flower more full, and longer stitches less full.

4. Cinch the thread to make the ribbon ruffle.

5. Roll the ribbon up, keeping the bottom edge (where the stitching is) even

6. Bring the outer end down so it’s level with the bottom edge

7. Secure the flower by stitching through the bottom. Do this until the fabric feels pretty secure.

8. Take your sturdy fabric and cut a circle out the same size as the bottom of your flower.

**I actually sewed my flower down to a scrap piece of fabric first and then did steps 9-12. I wasn’t originally planing to use glue, but once I did, I realized this step (sewing it down) wasn’t necessary**

9. Take your pin backing and mark on the circle where the 2 ends are

10. Cut slits here (you’ll want them to be slightly off center in the vertical direction)

11. Put each end through the slits.

12. Hot glue the circle (with the backing) to the bottom of the flower.

Done!

Now you have a great flower you can wear on your belt or as a broach. Or, you can do my new favorite thing and wear it in your hair. To do this, simply put 2 bobby pins on the pin backing and the put it in your hair. You can totally use a hair clip backing instead of a pin backing if you’d rather, but I just don’t have any.

Happy crafting!

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