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Some time ago I wanted to make some fabric roses as a fun small present, but the only instructions I could find were somewhat fuzzy on the details. This is obviously not rocket science, but I thought I just might as well share some tips! This is my first instructable, so let me know what you think...
 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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This is what you'll need:
  • piece of ribbon, about 30 cm
  • needle and thread
  • piece of steel/copper wire, about 20-25 cm
I used a fairly thick wire, because that's what I had lying around. The rose is not that heavy, but you do want the stem to have at least some thickness, so I wouldn't use too small a gauge.
  • Green florist's tape.
This is some kind of rubbery stretchy green tape, you can probably get it at any florist. You need about 30 cm per rose.

  • gluegun+glue
  • scissors
  • somewhere to work where you can spill glue

The only things I bought for the roses were the florist's tape and the ribbon. I can't remember exact prices, but I think it came out to about one or two euro per rose, so not that expensive.

Step 2: Sewing

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Luckily this doesn't have to be very neat! Get a piece of thread about as long as the piece of ribbon. Just loop around the end a couple of times to make a start (see the pic), then stitch very close to the one side. If you're done, hold the thread at the end with one hand, and push the ribbon back with the other hand, so that it bunches up. I found out you have to bunch it up quite a bit to get nice roses, otherwise the fabric is just gonna wrap around flat instead of standing apart. If you think you've bunched it up the right amount, finish the same way as you started. Since the sown part will be glued to the wire anyway, this simple way to fix the beginning and the end is good enough.
ssernau4 months ago
I used duct tape and made it half the size a bit tricky but worth it!
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yo.lizzy made it!5 months ago

I made some of these for two of my friends who were born on the same day, in the hospital, and have the same middle name: "rose". I had some green felt lying around so I decided to add a leaf, they turned out perfectly!

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sabu.dawdy3 years ago
my version didn went so well:(
pct4ever6 years ago
I just made some, they are great! I just have to figure out how not to get burned by the glue, but it is still okay! thank you so much.
aphrael (author)  pct4ever6 years ago
yea, the glue sux :P but the surprised and happy face when you give these to someone makes up for it :).. cool that you made some!!!
w00ty32 aphrael6 years ago
you could put those rubber fingertip things that you use for sowing on when you spead the glue....

(oh, and how do you make the link write something else..)
http://www.fingergloves.com/ <<<These!
xwx w00ty325 years ago
When I use a Hot Glue Gun I wet my fingers with spit to make it not hurt AND the glue not stick to me :D
Short One5 years ago
NEETO! This looks great! I hope mine come out as nice as yours did!
caphouse5 years ago
how i can see the large image?
aphrael (author)  caphouse5 years ago
Click on the thumbnail to see it as large as the main image on the page. If you want to see the image even larger, you can click on the small "i" in the top left corner, that takes you to a page with a link to the original image. hope that helps? :)
You can seal the edges of the ribbon with a lighter, passing it over the edge once or twice. Or you can dab clear glue or nail polish on both sides.
knitter916 years ago
the ribbon roses are REALLY COOL!!! as far as the fraying edges go, try burning them. I've tried it many times with the edges of ribbon for pointe shoes:)
aphrael (author)  knitter916 years ago
tanx for the tip, i'll try that next time i'll make some :D
Wow! That's amazing!
They look.... so nicely done. You're AWSEOME!
Great job! +1 rating.
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aphrael (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thank you so much. Everyone I gave them to really liked them as well, so if you need to impress someone... :P
These are probably the coolest looking roses made by something else I have ever seen. It's insanely cool!