What You'll Need for Our Ribbon and Bow Projects

Rickrack, ribbon, or woven fabric; artificial stamens; milliner's sewing needle; thread; floral wire and tape; liquid seam sealant; tacky glue. 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

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.

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

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

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. To decorate favors, glue flowers to fabric bands.


Rickrack Flowers

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

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

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.


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.

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.


Flower-Girl Basket

Cut 1/2-inch twill tape long enough to wrap around basket and overlap slightly. Cut 5/8-inch grosgrain ribbon to desired length; make enough strips to fit around basket. Fold each ribbon in half as shown, and pin onto twill tape. Alternate colors as desired. Hand-stitch ribbons to tape, and snip ends at an angle. For handle, lay 8-inch piece of ribbon across top of basket (do not pull taut), and attach to side just below rim with tacky glue. Glue ribbon-fringed tape just below rim, making sure to cover ends of handle ribbon. Trim ends of tape where they join.


Ring Pillow

Cut linen to 6 1/2-by-12 1/2 inches and double-sided ribbon to 62 inches. Using disappearing-ink pen, draw a line down middle of cloth; draw a line across ribbon every 3 1/2 inches. Pin ribbon in loops as shown, matching marks on ribbon to line on fabric. Sew along the line. Fold fabric in half (with ribbon inside). Leaving a 1/4-inch allowance, sew the two edges parallel to central line. Sew fourth side halfway; turn pillow right side out through opening. Stuff with polyester batting, and stitch closed. Sew center of a 5-inch thin ribbon to pillow for tying on rings.


Wrapped Branch

For each section of branch, tie 1/2-inch seam binding to bottom of branch (secure all knots with a dab of tacky glue beneath them). Pulling slightly to keep seam binding tight, wrap it around branch, overlapping by about a third (keep ribbon tight during wrapping to ensure a snug fit). When you reach the end of the branch, tie a knot, and trim excess to create a "leaf." If you run out of seam binding mid-branch, tie loose end to branch and trim closely; then tie on a new ribbon, trimming excess to create a leaf, and continue wrapping. Glue on flowers and extra ribbon leaves where desired. Place dense floral foam into a vase and arrange branches, inserting them into the foam.


Paper Ribbons

Cut white artist's paper (at most art stores) into 3-inch strips. For circles, make a tight circle at one end, and secure with double-sided tape; don't cut remainder of strip. Continue to wrap the strip loosely, securing it at the top each time with double-sided tape, until the strip runs out; trim off any loose end. Use double-sided tape to secure a 2-inch-wide yellow ribbon to outside of outermost layer.

For teardrops, cut a strip for the inner-most shape. Bring the ends together, and tape across the joint with regular (not double-sided) tape. Place double-sided tape on both sides of the point, and add the next, slightly longer, piece of paper; continue until teardrop is the size you like (many of ours used strips 9, 11, and 13 inches long.) Attach ribbon to teardrop with double-sided tape.



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