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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ribbon Flowers

I love adding the finishing touches to an outfit, whether it is putting on the last embellishments or creating an accessory for my daughter's hair. And it's even better when I can make those details myself! I'm excited to have Sheri Cata here again from Izzy's Bow-tique, to show us another fabulous flower embellishment. They are made of ribbon, making them perfect for headbands, hair clips, or even the outfit itself! Here's Sheri with her tutorial:

Hey guys, I'm super happy to get to show you how to make these adorable ribbon flowers. So let's get started.  First, we're going to need a few supplies:

Ribbon:  7/8" wide or 1 1/2" wide
Needle and thread
Lighter or heat sealer of some kind
Felt circle

For this tutorial, I'm using 7/8" ribbon but I will include measurements for both.

Okay, so first cut your ribbon:

If using 7/8" wide ribbon, cut six 2 1/2" pieces.
If using 1 1/2" wide ribbon, cut six 4" pieces.

Next, you want to heat seal your ribbon so it doesn’t come undone and start unraveling on you. Trust me, I’ve done it!

Then we're going to start folding the ribbon. So take a piece with the back side facing you and fold almost in half like in the pic. 

Then fold the ribbon back down so that both ends of the ribbon are on top of each other, as shown above. 

Now that you formed the petal, you're going to sew it. This is super important so that it gives you a super nice crease.  Take your needle and thread, and starting on the right side of your petal, sew like the pic trying to keep the stitches as even as possible so that you get that really pretty creased petal flower. 

Now keep going and repeat with the remaining ribbon pieces until you have all six sewn. Then pull the thread, adjusting the petals as you go, so that they crease up and form a flower. 

Now sew it to the back side of the first petal you made, and tie it off. Your flower should look like the photo above!

Use some hot glue to attach a felt circle to the back of your flower and then add whatever embellishment you’d like to the center. Attach it to a clip or headband, and you're done! 

 Now wasn’t that fast!?  They are also super addicting to make. Here are the two sizes side-by-side. I hope you have fun making them too!

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Thank you so much to Sheri for this tutorial! I can't wait to go try it out myself. If you want to visit Sheri's shop to show her some love and check out her other designs, you can find her over at Izzy's Bow-tique.  I can't wait to see what little accessory she comes up with next!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

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