Step 1: Supplies
Ribbon (Any type of cloth ribbon will work. The type that you can curl with scissors won't work)
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
Step 3: Making the Petals: Sewing
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
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.
Step 5: Finishing the Flower
The easiest way to cover your stitches in the middle once you are done, is to cut a piece of ribbon into a circle and sew a circle about a quarter of an inch from the perimeter. Then pull the string so that it makes a small pouch. The opening does not need to be entirely closed. Wait to knot and cut off the thread and needle because this thread can be used to sew the pouch in place.
Hold the pouch in the center of the flower, making sure all of the frayed edges of the ribbon are tucked underneath. Sew the pouch to the flower so that it covers up all of your previous sewing in the center. The easiest way to sew on the pouch is too sew around the perimeter.
Step 6: Done!
To make things more interesting, you can use the back of the petals instead of the front or even sew two flowers on top of each other. You can also trim the petal stems with scissors and use thread to sew over the edges.
These flowers can be left as is, or you can sew or glue them to pins or add them as decoration to hats, headbands or clips.