Ribbon Flower Sash and Flower Tutorial by Christine Meyer

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hi Ribbons Unlimited Fans, Christine with you today to share a sophisticated ribbon project!  Stephanie Smokovich, the owner of Bella Blvd, recently got married.  She shared on her blog these gorgeous sashes that she created for her bridesmaids and I was completely inspired by them!  So much so that I wanted to try my hand a creating one.  Before I go any further, let me share with you her original post, no doubt you'll be inspired too!  
I created this one with the plan to use it with either a white or black dress.  When I saw this lovely young lady at church, I knew her dress would be a perfect match (and then begged her to be my model, Thanks Jen!).  I love that it can jazz up a little black dress and make it wedding appropriate or just something a little more special.  

I went with a fairly neutral color palette but imagine the possibilities with some bright and bold colors!  You could really jazz up an outfit or add a pop of color to something plain.

For the back I just tied a simple flowing bow.  The organdy ribbon works beautifully for this!

Here's a close-up of the flowers.  They are created using organdy ribbon, a little frayed linen, and a round epiphany crafts epoxy dot (handmade to match the flowers).  Now for the nitty gritty on how I created the main part of the flower.

I cut a twelve inch piece of the ribbon and then did a simple running stitch thru the entire piece.  I used a coordinating color when doing this but to make the tutorial I used pink (so it would be easier for you to see).

I gathered it all together on my needle.

Then pull the thread all the way thru.

Once you let go it will look like one big gathered ruffle.

Tie the two ends of the thread together tightly with a double knot.

Trim your threads and then flatten out all the ruffles.  Quick, easy, and striking.  And best of all it doesn't take long at all!  I have used these flowers on headbands, hair clips, and now a sash.  All you have to do is add something to the center (rhinestones work great too) and stitch it on to the item you are creating.

We'd love to see your version if you create one!
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Cathy said...

Gorgeous! Love this idea!

Patty Selah said...

Such a pretty project!

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