February 23, 2010

CW: Braided Ribbon Flower

Here is my little contribution to CREATIVITY WEEK.  I have loved all of the great tutorials that these wonderfully inventive women have shared with us and I hope you are enjoying them as well.

I love to use flowers as embellishments.  There are so many great ways to make flowers out there, and I just came up with one more... I got out some scraps and played around and this is the result:
Very simple, versatile and most of all, cute!

 
Materials needed: 
Ribbon of varying widths, or as I used for this tut, scraps of fabric cut into strips (I cut mine 1/4" wide x 14" long.  For a bigger flower, cut them wider/longer), hot glue or fabric glue, button (optional)

Layer your ribbon one on top of the other.

Sew across the top and braid.  You can tape down your tail or just put the ends in your mouth and braid (as I did! Don't you love my self portrait as I braided, ribbon in mouth, one hand holding ribbon as the other takes a pic?  Yes, I'm a GREAT multi-tasker!).
Sew across the end to secure the braid.
Add a dab of glue to the end and begin to roll, adding glue as you go.
Glue the ends to the side, add embellishments and you have a sweet little flower. (oops!  Got ahead of myself and forgot to take a picture, but easy enough to figure out).

I added one of mine to a pre-purchased headband with a green felt leaf.  I also sewed a loop of elastic onto the back of my other two to create adorable rings.

These are so quick I think I'm going to go whip up some multi-colored ones for my all the little girls in my life!

Happy Crafting and make sure to come back tomorrow for more of CREATIVITY WEEK and a giveaway from MOI!


22 comments:

  1. That is a really great look, I love it!

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  2. Adorable!! :) I love a good tutorial, especially for things involving ribbon and sewing. :) Love the ring version!! I'm visiting from Kimba's party. Here's my link from the party:
    http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/2010/02/preserving-your-memories-without-losing.html

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  3. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  4. These are so cute! I love the little flowers right now and want to make some out of ribbon!

    Thanks for posting your link to your couduroy purse on my blog! I love that you linked up!!

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  5. GREAT idea :) those could be use to adorn pillows too :)

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  6. Cute flowers!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!!

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  7. Thanks for posting! LOVE THESE and so simple!

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  8. I have been wondering how to make these - it is so simple. Thanks!

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  9. What a fun and simple idea made into an adorable flower. Thanks for the idea and tutorial. Some friends and I are getting together to make various flower pins and I will tell them about idea too! Thanks

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  10. Thanks ladies! :) I am using these on an upcoming spring project - make sure to check back soon to see what I did!

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  11. This is so fun! I love it! VERY CREATIVE :)

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  12. how did you know that i found some lovely cheap pearl necklaces at the thrift store? I love this little twist on the flower. Great idea! I will definately be trying this! Thanks for the inspiration! please, stop by sometime and say hello!

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  13. Those are great Kim! I love that they are hot glued! That looks like fun! Thanks for linking! I love having you on Creative Cats!

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  14. oh so darling! I can see some many wonderful uses. ,my head is spinning now!!!

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  15. I featured these at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I saw these a couple of days ago and am finally getting to them.

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  16. Love, love, love fabric flowers! I enjoyed being able to see how you braided it. Nice job and now there are so many fun ways to use them!

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  17. When I braid something like this, I frequently use a safety pin and stick it to a pillow or the couch or pin it to my knee or some such. Works great!

    Super cute idea, by the way. :>)

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  18. I love this idea! I featured it on my blog today, featuring 3 dozen flower tutorials. Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/04/wednesdays-wowzers-3-dozen-flower.html

    THANKS!!!

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  19. Brilliant... I cannot wait to try it, thank you so much for sharing your idea with us.... :)

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  20. love your creation. thanks for the tutorial too.

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