- Mrs. Beagle
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
-Ribbon (I used 1 1/2″ width w/ the wire-lined edges- it stays in place better) OR 44″/45″ fabric (I used special occasion fabric).
-coordinating thread -needle -buttons, beads, (or you can just use thread), to use as embellishment
Thread your needle and tie a knot at one end. Put aside to be used for later.
Cut about 22″-24″ of ribbon from your spool.
Fold fabric in half, selvage to selvage. After squaring up your fabric , cut a 1 1/2″ wide strip.
Start by folding over the ribbon/fabric on one end to make a pleat like this:
Continue holding the pleat against the edge of the ribbon/fabric with one hand. This will be the center of the flower. Continuing making new pleats towards the center while holding the existing pleats together:
Continue this process until you reach the starting point:
Begin a new row on top of the first row, while continuing to hold the ribbon/fabric together at the center. Pleat until you can pleat no more!…um, or until you have reached the end of the ribbon/fabric:
Collect the threaded ribbon and sew through the middle of the flower, making close, small stitches:
Make sure the flower stays together without having to hold it.
To make petals (as I did with my shoe flowers), I just used a small pair of scissors to cut petal shapes into the fabric. I also sewed a glass-like button to the middle of the flower.
Add anything else as you see fit 🙂