Ribbon, Fabric, and Rickrack Flowers

To create faux blooms in a variety of textures, sizes, and shapes, use ribbons, fabric, and rickrack in different widths and weaves.

Photo: Johnny Miller

The Tools

  • Rickrack, ribbon, or woven fabric
  • Artificial stamens
  • Milliner's sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Floral wire and tape
  • Liquid seam sealant
  • Tacky glue

Note: For fabric, opt for lightweight cotton (such as most quilting fabrics), since they can be easily torn along the fabric's grain.


Ribbon and Fabric Flowers How-To

For fabric flowers, tear fabric into 1-inch strips and cut to 8 inches long. For ribbon flowers, use 1/2-inch ribbon cut to 4 inches long.

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1. Use thread in matching color (knot the end) to sew a running stitch lengthwise along one edge of the strip or ribbon.

Harry Bates

2. Slide fabric along thread, drawstring style, to gather.

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3. Bring ends of fabric together, right sides facing, and sew. Snip off excess seam allowance, and apply seam sealant to cut edges of fabric to prevent unraveling. Fold a few stamens in half, then slip a 10-inch floral wire through them at the fold; fold the wire in half, and twist to secure. Insert stem into center of flower so stamen heads emerge just a bit; add a dab of tacky glue to secure, and let dry. Wrap stem in floral tape.


Rickrack Flowers How-To

Count 16 points along lower edge of rickrack; snip with cut edges pointing upward.

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1. Knot thread, and sew through the points along one edge.

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2. Gather rickrack onto needle as you sew.

3. When entire strip is gathered onto needle, hold tightly, and pull the thread through firmly; then stitch through the first fold and pull tight.

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4. Bring ends of rickrack together, with right sides facing. Sew, then trim off excess seam allowance (do not cut thread).

5. Apply seam sealant to raw edges.

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6. On underside of flower, backstitch points together; anchor end of thread with tiny stitches. Fold a few stamens in half; slip floral wire through them at the fold, fold wire in half, and twist to secure. Insert stem into center of flower; dab on tacky glue to secure, and let dry. Wrap stem in floral tape.

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