How to Make Fabric Rosettes


Adding fabric rosettes to hats, scarves, jackets, handbags and even shoes is a way to jazz up an outfit or make a fashion statement. Fabric rosettes are relatively simple to make and require few materials. Rosettes can be casual, flirty, elegant or bold, depending on the fabric or ribbon that you choose. Wool and cotton are suitable fabric/ribbon choices for an everyday look. On the other hand, if you wish to adorn a cocktail dress with a rosette, silk, brocade and organza are good choices.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric strips and/or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Desired embellishments (such as buttons or flowers)
  • Cut a fabric strip or piece of ribbon with scissors for your rosette. To determine the length, multiply the width of your fabric/ribbon by 10. For example, if the ribbon you've selected is 2 inches wide, cut a 20-inch ribbon strip to craft your rosette.

  • Thread your needle. Starting at the cut edge of your strip, making sure to leave a fairly long piece of loose thread where you take your first stitch. Use a running stitch on both ends and along one long side. When you are finished sewing, leave your needle threaded on one end.

  • Hold the loose thread in one hand while you gently pull the needle end to draw up the strip. Make sure that the two ends of the fabric/ribbon strip overlap. Stitch a secure knot where the two ends overlap into a circle.

  • Add any desired embellishments to the top of your rosette, such as flowers, buttons or vintage brooches.

Tips & Warnings

  • To create a one-of-a-kind rosette with tons of personality, use vintage fabric.
  • To make a running stitch, bring the needle and thread up through the back of the fabric until the knot hits it, and then move the needle to the left and go back down through the front of the fabric. Repeat so that each stitch is equally spaced apart.

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