Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Ribbon Flowers with a Twist Tutorial!

I am a self-confessed Ribbon-aholic, so I love the current trend for Ribbon Flowers. With all the beautiful ribbon to choose from, you need never make the same flower twice and it is so easy to make an embellishment that coordinates exactly with your project. So, I’d like to share with you my ideas for taking ribbon flowers on a step from the basic ribbon flower.

 In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to:

• incorporate hatpins into your ribbon flowers (and how to glitter ♥ your hatpins, how cool is that???)
• adapt extra wide ribbon for use in ribbon flowers
• combine different ribbons together to add contrast to your ribbon flowers.

So you will need:
• Various types of ribbon, each about 47cm in length
• 1cm wide extra strong double sided sticky tape
• 3mm narrow double sided tape (not pictured)
• Teardrop Pearl-headed hatpins
• Size-adhesive glue (I use gilding leaf adhesive)
• Lovely sparkly glitter to coordinate with your ribbon
• Pliers (not pictured)
• Glue Dots (not pictured)


Ribbon Flower Using Extra Wide Ribbon with a Hatpin Stamen


Usually for Ribbon flowers you need ribbon no wider than 15mm, but here I am using a gorgeous Cherry Blossom weave ribbon that is over 25mm wide. First take a length of ribbon approx 47cm long. Working on a non-stick craft sheet and using 1cm-wide extra strong double-sided sticky tape, stick the tape half on and half off the edge of the ribbon. Then carefully fold the ribbon in half, matching the two ribbon edges. Work all the way down the length of the ribbon.


Now take your hatpin and place it on the end of the ribbon strip, so that the pearl head is a few millimetres above the ribbon. Fold over the corner edge of the ribbon to “catch” the pin in the ribbon. Loosen the ribbon strip from the non-stick craft sheet and, holding the pin shaft, start to wind and pleat the ribbon to create a flower shape.


If you have struggled with this pleating/winding motion in the past, then having a pearl pin stamen, may help as it gives you something non-sticky to hold whilst you twist and pleat the ribbon.


When you’ve finished, your flower will look like this from above (to the left) and like this underneath (to the right).










Turn the flower over and HOLDING THE PIN FIRMLY, use a pair of pliers to snip off the end of the pin, as close as possible to the bottom of the flower (do not snip off the pin stick without holding it, as it could fly off when cut). Adhere 3 glue dots to the base of your flower and it’s ready to pretty up any crafty project!





Double-Ribbon Flower with Glittered Hatpin Stamen


First, dip your pearl pin head in gilding size glue and leave to dry (approx 15mins). Then dip the pearl head in lovely sparkly glitter of your choice (my choice was delicious Martha Stewart glitters)! Put to one side.




Take two 47cm strips of narrow ribbon (no more than 15mm wide), I’ve used a double-faced 10mm satin ribbon and a 7mm picot-edge double-faced satin. Carefully attach a strip of 3mm wide double-sided sticky tape about a third of the way up your bottom colour ribbon. Carefully attach your top colour ribbon. Turn over.


Repeat the previously described process of attaching your glittered hatpin as a stamen, sticking down and pleating and winding your ribbon to form your flower. As before, firmly holding the pin stick, cut the stem from your flower with pliers and adhere 3 glue dots to the bottom.








How gorgeous does this look? Please let me know if you agree and have fun crafting!

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44 comments:

  1. LOVE the flowers Dips. Your instructions are so clear. Thank you. Will be having a go soon!

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  2. I think this is the easiest ribbon flower tutorial I have seen and I shall definitely be having a go! Thank you!

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  3. I have everything listed in your tutorial ... rushing off to have a go!!!

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  4. Great tutorial and photos Dips and lovely flowers x

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  5. This is a nice tutorial. Have you tried sewing a running stitch along the bottom of the ribbon to help it gather a little easier? I like the idea of using a hat pin for the center. Very nice! Your photos are great too.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful and easy to follow tutorial yet again Dips. Thank you so much o your generosity and inspiration in sharing with us.

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  7. These are stunning, can't wait to give this ago, I love handmade flowers.

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  8. Very pretty flowers and fab tutorial. Your photos are great. Maddy x

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  9. These flowers are stunning, thanks for posting up instructions :D Hopped over from DC

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  10. wow how super you are so clever ... have saved your tutorial and will have a little go ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... have a great weekend happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  11. fab flowers & tutorial sue xx

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  12. LOvely and thank you for sharing
    Barbara

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  13. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing with us.
    Maureen......x

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  14. Mornin' thank you for the fantastic tutorial...I think I will have to visit your blog often to see what else you get up to. I will certainly try this.

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  15. Flowers are brill. deffo going to try these.xxxx

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  16. what a great tutorial, must give this a go sometime x

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  17. wow thanks for the tut must give these ago xx

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  18. Wow love the flower. I love making flowers and stickpins and you have just showed me another way. Thanks for sharing. xx

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  19. Thanks so much for this- I have been dabbling with making paper roses o my blog this week so this was particularly interesting to see.

    Yvonne

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  20. Fabulous and great tutorial :-) Happy leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

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  21. what beautiful projects to stat your first Dc leapblog weekend with, great tutorials, Fi x

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  22. Beautiful and you make it look so simple to do.

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  23. Great tutorial- love the fabric flowers
    Linda

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  24. Fab tutorial and really beautiful flower....love them..Sharon x

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  25. thanks for sharing your fab tutorial.
    kim
    xx

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  26. fab tutorial. clear instructions. very easy to understand - not sure mine will turn out as fab though!!
    thanks for sharing

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  27. a brilliant and easy to follow tutorial! Popping over from do crafts weekend blog hop x

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  28. Gorgeous flowers and fab tutorial! Love Jayne. x

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  29. These are brilliant flowers. And what a fab idea to build them up around a pin. Just perfect for cards.
    Heike xx

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  30. wow your flowers are gorgeous and such a brilliant detailed tutorial thank you for sharing xx

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  31. such beautiful flowers, TFS the tutorials. xx Jill B

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  32. Great tutorial I am certainly going to have a go at making then. Thanks Elaine

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  33. Fab tutorials, thanks for sharing. xxx

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  34. Great tutorials, thanks, will remember that one. Michelle x

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  35. What a fabulout tutorial. I love these flowers so will definately be having a go. Thank you so much, you have made it look so easy! Gail x

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  36. Fab tutorials, I will have to have a go at these lovely flowers, Tinaxx

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  37. These are so beautiful, thank you for the tut I have saved this in my favs. Chris xx

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  38. Thanks for the tut, I'll have a go at these. Linda x

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  39. Great tutorials, will defo be having a go at these :-)

    xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

    Sazzle
    (lincs crafty girl)

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  40. Great tutorials, will defo be having a go at these :-)

    xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

    Sazzle
    (lincs crafty girl)

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  41. Gorgeous flowers and fab tutorial

    just doing the weekend bloghop from DC

    Lorna xx

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  42. Thanks for the tutorial dips. I will have to have a go at this today.

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