How To Make Ribbon Roses

How To Make Ribbon Roses

It’s a good idea to practice this first a couple of times to get the hang of it before doing it on your project. We tested it in three different ribbons before we decided which one we preferred.We used a tubular knitting yarn, an organza ribbon and a satin ribbon. Start by deciding how big you want your finished flower to be. Ours is about 2cms across. Draw this as a circle and draw a point in the middle of it.
Then draw 5 “spokes” from the middle to the outside edge, spacing them evenly.Take a thick thread in the same colour as your ribbon. We used 3 strands of stranded cotton for this. That’s the kind of thread used for hand embroidery projects such as cross stitch and is readily available. It comes as 6 strands so you will need to cut a length off and separate it into 3 strands.You’ll need to use a needle with a big eye to get the thread through. Tie a big knot in the end of your thread and poke the needle through the middle point from the back. Do one stitch on the spot to secure the thread.
Make a big stitch from the middle to the edge along each spoke. Finish with this thread by tying off a knot on the back. This can be done by using the needle to wrap the thread around one of the stitches that you have made underneath the work a few times and then passing the needle and thread through the loop of thread that appears when you wrap the thread and then pulling it tight. It needs to be secure as you will be putting some pressure on it soon.
Take a needle with a very large eye and a length of ribbon. The exact length will depend on the size of your rose. We used 50cms as a start and had plenty left over. Starting from the back, use the needle to poke a small hole in the middle and pull the ribbon through to the front and either tie a knot in the back or leave a piece behind, long enough to secure later. Once you have your length of ribbon on the front start weaving it under and over the spokes as you work your way round and round the rose.
You can experiment with the finished look by twisting the ribbon as you go or not. Try it and see what you think. Keep going until there is no more space around the spokes to use. Take the remaining ribbon through to the back of the work if you can by making another little hole with the needle. Try to do this slightly under the rose so you can’t see it. If you can’t pull the ribbon through then cut a tail of about 1.5cms and tuck it under the rose. Either way, secure the loose ends of the ribbon using ordinary sewing thread or the stranded cotton by sewing into the background fabric, underneath the rose and catching the ribbon in the stitches.
A Finished Rose

Get in on the act

Get in on the act

Ever thought of getting in on the act of upcycled fashion but not sure how to start? Think your sewing skills are not up to it? Well, the best way to start re-purposing clothes is to grab yourself something that already fits and that you like the basic shape and colour of. Build up your confidence by just adding a few touches here and there in the way of decoration to transform something mundane into a unique fashion statement.
For this project we took a simple high street brand mini skirt from a charity shop.The black and white theme was what caught our eye so we decided to stick to that. A quick trawl through our stash produced a triangle of polka dot fabric left over from a bunting project and a reel of black and white ribbon from a bridesmaid’s commission from over 10 years ago (see, we never throw anything away!)
A quick play around with positioning the pieces resulted in a fab result that no one would ever guess was a result of trying to use up a random piece of bunting!
Always look at the project and arrange the order of doing things according to what needs to be hidden and what doesn’t. For this skirt the polka dot needed to be sewn down first, hidden under the black flap of the skirt. We pinned it first and then sewed with a zig-zag stitch to make sure the fabric doesn’t fray too much afterwards. Then we pinned and sewed the ribbon with a line of stitch on each outside edge. The ends of the ribbon were tucked under the top and bottom of the skirt to keep the look tidy.
Finally we pepped it up with a pop of red in the shape of ribbon roses and toning beads.This part took as long as the rest because we dug out a selection of buttons, beads etc before we decided which combination looks best. Take care to space these out evenly or it will look a bit amateurish and you don’t want that!