Fabric Flower with Ric Rac Trim

Fabric Flower with Ric Rac Trim - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I know you all know how much I love to make fabric flowers.
I hope you aren’t getting sick of them yet!
I’m going to show you a fun twist to make a fabric flower more unique and festive.
Flowers are so easy to make, and when you finish it you can’t help but smile.

The real reason I made this flower is because I failed miserably on another craft I was working on.
If you ever have a discouraging moment after a craft, maybe you should make a flower.  It will make you feel better!


Fabric Strip (Mine was 24″ long and 4″ wide)
1/2″ Ric Rac (3/4″ would be really cute too)
Needle and Thread
Single Prong Clip
Felt Circle

I do apologize for the quality of these pictures.  Sometimes a girl just has to craft at night. 🙂

Iron down the raw edges of the fabric strip.  I folded my edges over about 1/2″.

Fold in half and iron it again.  Putting folded edges together.

Place the Ric Rac in the fold so half of it is still visible.   Pin the Ric Rac as you go.

Sew the Ric Rac in place.

Now you will stitch along the bottom and gather it to form your flower.  There are more detailed instructions on this in my tutorial Simple Fabric Flowers.

I glued a Felt Circle and a Single Prong clip to the back.  To finish the flower I added a lovely button to the front center from my Flirtation Button Jar.

You could add other things to this flower besides Ric Rac.  Satin and Sheer Ribbon would be cute.  Double Ruffle Ribbon would just be over the top!

The Ribbon Retreat has so many different styles and textures of Ribbon the possibilities are endless!
This flower put me in a better mood and I’m ready to dust myself off and try again!

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  1. Sherrie Pridemore
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    ric rac makes everything more adorable. Well maybe not your little black dress but… Love it thanks for sharing. A thought just popped into my head, I wonder how an itty bitty ric rac flower would look in the center? Might just have to give that a try.

    • Cherie
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      Sherrie, I love the idea of a ric rac center! I actually wanted to do it, but I didn’t have enough ric rac. You should try it out!

  2. Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    wooow very nice and simple
    thank you so much p^_^

  3. Lynnie
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I love your flower. I suggest you get some specialty feet for your sewing machine…vintage are great. You can make binding, add the rick rack and do all kinds of things without all the pressing first.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Great idea Lynnie! Thanks for sharing! – Shirley 🙂

  4. Cathy lamontagne
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I was searching for the perfect trim for the flour sack dish towels I am making for Christmas gifts.
    This is it. Simple and colorful!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 24, 2015 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Cathy! Yay! I am so glad you found this fun tutorial and were able to use it! Have a wonderful day and thank you for sharing! Michelle 🙂

  5. Linda
    Posted November 1, 2023 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    I love your flower and I plan to make some so keep up making pretty flowers.

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