Tutorial: Ribbon Flowers

As promised, here are instructions for some of the ribbon flowers I was working on a few days ago.  If you have all your supplies ready to go, and your glue gun plugged in, you can make one of these in less than 10 minutes, and probably in no more than 5 minutes.  They really are that easy.

I like to use these little flower stamens, which are available in the cake decorating aisle of your local craft store.  But in a pinch, you can easily substitute a narrow ribbon in their place, and that’s what I’ll show you in this tutorial.

For the small flower I used a 10″ length of 1″-wide wired ribbon.  For the large flower, I used an 18″ length of 1-1/2″ wired ribbon and an 18″ length of 1/4″-wide grosgrain ribbon.  If you’d like a fuller flower, just cut a longer piece of ribbon.

First, remove the wire from one edge of your ribbon.

Next, turn under one raw end of the ribbon and tack it in place by hand with tiny stitches.

Then, with your needle and thread, sew a loose running stitch along the edge from which you removed the wire.  This is your gathering thread.

Pull the gathering thread to gather your ribbon, and tack the end in place with a small stitch to secure the gathers.  At this time, if your ribbon seems to fray easily, you might want to turn this end under and stitch it like you did the first end.  At this point you’ll have a nice little curly piece of ribbon.

Adjust the ribbon until it looks the way you want it.

Now you’ll make a flower center with the grosgrain ribbon.  Fan-fold the ribbon into 1/2″ folds.

Tie a thread around one end of your fan to secure the folds.

Place the fan through the center of the flower.

Use hot glue or the craft glue of your choice to secure the fan to the back of the flower.  At this time you can also put a little extra glue into the folds of the fan to make sure they don’t come undone. If you’re using stamens instead, glue them on as well.  You could also use large beads here if you’d like.

Now you can attach your flowers to a piece of crinoline to create an arrangement, or you can sew or glue them to your project.  If the ends of your ribbon appear to be fraying too much, clean them up with a bit of FrayCheck or clear-drying glue.