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Some sewing experience recommended but it's easier to make than it looks.
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Step 1: Supplies

What you need:

Ribbon (Any type of cloth ribbon will work. The type that you can curl with scissors won't work)
Sewing needle
Sewing thread

If the ribbon has wire in the edges, remove the wire once your pieces of ribbon have been cut by simply pulling the end of the wire straight out. If the wire isn't already sticking out, push the edge upwards till a small part of the wire is sticking upwards. This small part can be bent down and pulled out.

I usually use ribbon that is 1.5 inches wide, in which case the length of the pieces should be about 3 inches.

Step 2: Making the Petals: Fold

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Roll both corners down toward the middle till they meet in roughly a 45 degree angle. Roll these as tightly as possible given that they tend to come loose while you sew them.

Step 3: Making the Petals: Sewing

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Weave the needle through the ribbon making sure that the needle is through the two rolls. Pull the string tight (the ribbon will scrunch together).

Wind the sewing thread around the base, or stem of the petal and thread the needle through the base again. Knot the thread and repeat steps 2 and 3 till you have the desired number of petals. I usually use 7 but that depends on the how full and wide the petals are.

Step 4: Putting the Petals Together

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Sew through all the bases of the petals so that they are all threaded on one string.

Connect all the petals in a ring by sewing back through the first petal. Then wrap the thread around the bundle of petal stems and sew straight through the base several times through varying points around the base.
ECC made it!1 month ago

Great concept, and in my lazy effort to avoid sewing I tried something different: The 2-inch ribbon I used had wire on each edge, but I decided to leave it in. That worked great! Benefits:

1) No need for sewing, just twist the two wired bits at the base of each petal

2) Helps keep each petal's rolls tight

3) Makes it easier to spread and shape each petal

4) For final assembly, twist each petal's two wires (hopefully they're poking out from the fabric) around the base of the next petal. (in a daisy chain! heheh)

My last step was to point all the wires up and away from the flower, then curl the tip of each with needle nose pliers -- an attempt to make them look anther-like, which was so-so successful. :-)

Photo doesn't really do the iridescent quality of the fabric justice, and the flower middle might be better off with a patch sewn over it -- but you can see that it's pretty close overall to the sewn version, and I'm sure it took about half the time. (if I'd known my method up front, I'd guess 20 minutes total)

WriterChick2 years ago
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.
These are really cute! That last one looks so complicated! Was it hard to make?
Thank you! It's actually just the same flower, but there are 2 stacked on top of each other. The fake pollen you can just buy and sew underneath the pouch!! It's a bit more difficult but not by much.