Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ribbon Tutorial


It's Tutorial Time!

Today, I want to show you how to use your Double Dot scraps to make really fun and easy flowers!  These are really quick and after the first one, you won't take more than a few minutes to make one. 

Here is a card that I made with Double Dot Scraps. 


I decided to make my tutorial using several pictures so that you could see each step clearly and be able to refer to it, if needed.  The first thing you need to do is cut a 9 1/2 inch strip of Double Dot Ribbon.  You are going to fold it accordian style, as shown.  You need to end up with 5 equal folds for 5 petals.  Each fold is approximately 1 3/4 inches.


Run your fingernails along each fold line.  When you open the ribbon, you will be able to see each of the 5 petals.  It will look like this.

Now, you are going to make each of the petals by stitching, as shown. 

I have used blue thread so that you can clearly see the shape.  You will want to use thread that is more closely matched to the ribbon if possible.  You also want to make sure that your thread is a strong one.  I just used regular thread, so I doubled it.  Do NOT use embroidery floss.  It will break, trust me! 

Here is a picture so you can see how to do the stitches.  All of the stitches start and end on the top of the ribbon.  Except...
The Trick!

Here is the trick to making each petal shape.  When you get to the bottom of the stitches on one petal, you need to go 'under' the ribbon with a stitch before you start the next petal.

After all five petals are stitched, your ribbon will look like this.  (same picture!)  Notice that this is not an exact science.  Close to this is good enough!

Now... the final step...

GENTLY pull your thread from both edges to gather it.  As you are gathering, you will see your petals start to appear.  After it's gathered, simply tie the ends of your thread together.  That's it!  You have an easy ribbon flower!

Note:  I didn't gather this one tightly so you could see how it pulls together easier.


Here is a close-up of the finished flowers. 
 (You might want to do a bit of shaping with your fingers to make the petals more even.)

For the centers of these, I just tied a little knot in a small piece of ribbon, tucked the ends under and then glued it to the center of each flower.  You could also just add a brad or trinket to the centers.


Did you notice the little ribbon leaves?  They are even EASIER! 

All you need is about 3 or 4 inches of Double Dot Ribbon.  Fold and stitch as shown.  All stitches start and end on the top of the leaf.  Be sure to catch the fold into your stitches.


Now, pull up the stitches to gather.


Wrap the thread around the stitched area a couple of times and then knot it in the back.


Trim the excess ribbon from the ends.  Be sure to leave a bit of ribbon to attach the leaves underneath the flower.  Just use glue dots to hold them in place.


That's it!  Super Simple!  Now it's your turn to give it a try! 

One more hint before you go... I like to glue my flowers and leaves to a little punched circle.  Then I can move them around to my heart's content.  When you have them where you want them, just use a glue dot to attach them to your page!

Don't forget to share your Bo Bunny pages and projects with us on Facebook!  We love seeing what you are up to!

34 comments:

  1. Ahhhh! Love them!! I will try. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for that tutorial, totally love it! Esp how you did the leaves and the centers. Very creative!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh! Those flowers are adorable! Thank you for sharing how they are created!

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial! I will definitely try these.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. Easy to follow directions, too!

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  6. Robbie, these are FAnTASTIC!!! What a terrific tutorial :)

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  7. What an awesome idea!!! I love this card!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Oh WOW Robbie, those are fantastic!! and a great tutorial, I will definitely have to give those a try! :)

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  9. that is so adorable and you make it look so easy. now I can use up some of my ribbon stash.

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  10. Genius!!! I love those flowers!!!

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  11. I love this!! Thanks so much for sharing how to make them, I can't wait to give them a go.

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  12. Those are really cute.....I will have to try out my handsewing and hope I don't prick myself and bleed all over the ribbon! LOL..thanks for a great tutorial...great pics!

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  13. Soooooooooo love love love this idea! TFS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  14. Lovely!
    Thank you for the tutorial, I'll try this!

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  15. Great job Robbie. Love it....

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  16. A-dorable!! That ribbon is perfect for these little cuties!! Thanks for a great tutorial.

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  17. Great tutorial. There are so many 3D flower tutes out there and none have convinced me that I need to try making these flowers.....until now. Yours look so quick and easy that I could see me cranking a bunch of them out in no time at all!!!

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  18. Love that ribbon flower. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  19. Ohhhh! just love this Robbie!! I've got lots of those pretty BB ribbons, I will definitely give them a go! thanks for sharing your tut! xx

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  20. wooooww! Really beautiful, thanks a lot for sharing.

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  21. Wow it looks great. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  22. Wow it looks great, thanks a lot for sharing.

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  23. now that is one great tutorial on the ribbon flower.
    aca

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  24. very simple n awesome...thank you so much..weeeeeeeeeeee..~ ^_^

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  25. Very "crafty"!! I posted a link to this on my blog thru my pinterest board.
    Thank you!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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  26. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. They r so cute!!

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