Ribbon flowers can add an elegant touch when used to adorn gifts or decorate your home. If you've seen some of the ribbon flowers featured in magazines, you may be worried that making ribbon flowers is too complicated for the casual crafter. Luckily, that's not the case. Learn the technique of making a few simple folds to create ribbon flowers for any occasion.
Gather the supplies you'll need. Choose one yard of ribbon for each ribbon flower you'll make. Using a ribbon like grosgrain will give your flower more definition, while a satin ribbon will give your flower a softer look. Make a ribbon flower from ribbon 1/2 inch or wider. If you use ribbon that is wider than 1-1/2 inches, you will need to use more than a yard of ribbon to produce an appropriately full flower. A needle and thread are optional, but handy, for finishing off your flower.
Treat the ends of the ribbon to prevent it from fraying while you're working with it. Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish or a commercial product designed to prevent fraying to each end of the ribbon. Allow the ends of the ribbon to dry completely before proceeding.
Fold your piece of ribbon in half to form a 90-degree angle. Use your finger to hold the ribbon to your work surface at the fold. Fold the bottom right side half of the ribbon over the fold, then fold the opposite half (that's now on the bottom) over the new fold. Alternate folding the halves of ribbon until the entire ribbon is folded. Hold the folded ribbon in your hand and grasp both ends of the ribbon. Slowly pull one of the ribbon ends while continuing to hold the other. The ribbon will form into a flower as you pull.
Finish your ribbon flower by tying a knot in each end of the ribbon, as close as possible to the base of the flower. Or use a needle and thread to make a couple of stitches through the base of the flower. After you've secured your ribbon flower, trim off the excess ribbon with a pair of sharp fabric scissors.
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