How to Make Ribbon Roses

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Ribbon roses can add a fun -- even fancy -- touch to a plain craft project. Whether you're decorating a skirt, hat or other sewing project, or creating a bouquet that will last for years, ribbon roses require only basic sewing skills -- making them the perfect embellishment for beginning sewists. Make them by hand or machine, and use different types and lengths of ribbon for ultimate customization.

Things You'll Need

  • 20 inches of ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Safety Pin
  • Cut edge of ribbon on bias -- that is, diagonally from one tip of the edge of the ribbon.

  • Thread your needle with approximately 15 inches of thread.

  • Baste the ribbon starting 1/2 inch from cut edge from one end to the other. Basting involves making long stitches from one end of the ribbon to the other. Make stitches with 1/4 to 1/2 inches of space between them, depending on how loose or open you want your rose to appear.

  • Cut the thread, leaving a 1/2-inch tail.

  • Pull 1/2-inch tail of thread, As you pull, the ribbon gathers. Redistribute the gathers so they don't clump up and look unsightly. Some variation is acceptable -- it's all about what you find aesthetically pleasing.

  • Shape the rose by coiling ribbon around itself.

  • Safety pin the base or bottom of the rose. Use the needle and thread to sew the bottom, stitching through all the curls/coils of ribbon. Sew back and forth until you feel rose is secure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Smaller lengths of ribbon will make smaller roses. Longer lengths will make larger roses.
  • Experiment with different types of ribbon. Silky and satin ribbons look elegant, while grosgrain ribbons give a rougher look. Experiment with different patterns and colors not found in nature for a funky look.

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References

  • Rip It; Elissa Meyrich
  • Photo Credit Lana-Light/iStock/Getty Images
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