Rosebuds are so popular in everything from hair accessories, scrapbooking, and home decor. Learn how to make a rosebud using our fantastic tutorial and create these beautiful flowers. Click read more to see the tutorial.
Hello, my name is Rebeca from Clips N Things. Welcome to The Ribbon Retreat. Today I will be showing you how to make a rosebud out of ribbon.
All of the materials I used are from The Ribbon Retreat. Here is a list of the items I used.
15” Double Faced Satin Ribbon – I used Festive Fuschia in 1 ½”
15” Skinny Elastic –I used Orchid in 1/8” (You may need more/less depending on age/gauge that you use)
1 ¼” Felt Circle in White
Needle and Thread
Hot Glue Gun
The amount of Ribbon you will need depends on how big/small you want your rosebud. For this tutorial I used 15” of ribbon and that gave me a rosebud 1 ½” diameter. Size will also change depending how tight or loose you attach the ribbon.
Start off by folding the right corner of the ribbon down to make a point, and then fold the left corner down to make a point again.
Stick your finger inside the point. This will help keep the bud steady, hold its shape, and is the easiest way to work with it too. You are going to take your ribbon tail and give it a half turn and twist your rosebud halfway for the first round. I always look to see if I like how it looks before adding any glue. I find it best to apply the glue to the bud and then you can adjust the position of the ribbon you are adding.
For the next and remaining rounds, twist your rosebud 1/3 of the way. I try to keep it to 3 folds/round. That gives it a nice rosebud shape.
Continue to give the ribbon a half turn and glue to the rosebud. Make each new round slightly lower than the previous round, so you end up with a nice pointed shape for your rosebud, if not it will be flat.
I made about 4 rounds, or until my ribbon ran out. Don’t forget to leave about 1/2” of ribbon at the end to glue under your rosebud.
Glue the remaining ribbon under the rosebud.
For this headband I made a double strap headband. I wanted it 15” long, so I cut 30” of 1/8” skinny elastic. I folded it in half and sewed the ends together to make a loop. Make sure that there is no twist in either of the straps of elastic.
I added a 1″ section of 1/8” skinny elastic (folded over, stitched and glued) to the very middle of the headband. I did this to help keep the shape of the double straps when it was being worn. I did this step after I had sewed my headband in a loop, but I suppose making this strap first might have been easier.
Now you are ready to attach your rosebud to the headband. You might need to trim the felt circle a tiny bit depending on the width of your rosebud. I put glue on the felt circle and attached it to the seam of the headband and then placed the rosebud on top. Now you are done.
You can use any color of ribbon you like and even attach 2 or 3 rosebuds together. Experiment with making bigger or smaller rosebuds and different widths of ribbon.
Here is the finished product being worn. This elastic is very stretchy. My model is 7 years old and it fits her (a little tight but not too bad), and I have also put it on my 15 month old and it fits fine and stays on. You could also attach this rosebud to a lined alligator clip and use just like that.
It was a pleasure teaching you how to make these rosebuds, and I hope you have a chance to try them out. Don’t forget to keep practicing to get the best results and expect that these will each be unique.
Thank you Rebeca for showing us how to make a rosebud out of ribbon! These are very popular and super easy to make. The Ribbon Retreat carries a huge selection of colors in our satin ribbon. And if you need headbands, elastic, clips, we have all of that too!
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