Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ribbon Rose Tutorial, Part 2 - The Leaf

Ribbon Rose Tutorial Part 1 is here. To make a leaf, you'll need:

about 12" of 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon (doesn't have to have wire edges, we'll be removing them)
needle and thread (preferrably to match your ribbon)
crappy scissors that you don't mind cutting wire with, but that will still cut the ribbon neatly

Tip: You need 6-9 ribbon widths of ribbon for each leaf, soooo, if you're using 1 inch ribbon, you will need 6 - 9 inches of ribbon - your leaf will not be wider, but longer if you use more ribbon.

Weedle the ends of the wire out, then grip them and slowly pull them from the ribbon. Discard the wires.

Fold the ribbon in half.

Fold each end up diagonally away from you, and pin to make a "boat".

Beginning at top right, sew down the diagonal side in a basting stitch, about 2/3 of the way down the diagonal edge, back stitch once, then continue on around the edge of the "boat" to the upper left corner (do not knot or tie off) - and yes, ideally you're doing this by hand, but it worked pretty great on my machine, soooo...

You have just sewn all along the bottom of your "boat", leaving the top open.

Gather the ribbon by pulling on one side of your basting thread and scooting the gathers gently up the ribbon. Your back stitch will keep the very end from gathering (that's the long pointy tip of your rose leaf).

Now, open the top edge of your leaf.
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(Back view of your finished leaf.)

Tuck your leaf under your rose and stitch it to your base of tulle.
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Rose tutorial is previous post.

(I'm not really back to blogging. I'm just able to post, but not able to visit and comment. Sorry. Make some lovely ribbon roses, then you won't miss me so much ;D HUGS!)


Natalie said...

Again you amaze me with your mad crafty skills!

Kristina P. said...

It's so cool!

Bogner's said...

You are just far TOO crafty... These roses are beautiful and your YW looked amazing in her very modest prom dress!

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Anonymous said...

I am so glad your sharing this tutorial. I can't wait to give it a try. Darn, I don't have any ribbon.

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