Ric Rac Flowers

Have you ever created something fabulous with Ric Rac? If you haven’t, you are going to want to after today’s super adorable project. Mary is showing us one way she loves to use Ric Rac and with that Ric Rac, create the most gorgeous full and fantastic flowers that look amazing as hair accessories, embellishments on clothing or bags, or as a trim on a picture frame or other home decor items! These flowers are so incredible and so very gorgeous…trust me, you are going to be hooked on creating with Ric Rac in about 2 seconds! Enjoy!

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Hello everyone, Mary here with some really fun Ric Rac Flowers. I love the variety of Ric Rac that The Ribbon Retreat has to offer, and I’m going to spit out a bunch of ideas for these flowers! Once you start making them you won’t want to stop!

What you need:
Variety of ric rac, I used 3/4 inch and jumbo for my projects:

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You will also need:
• glue gun
• sewing machine
• lighter
• scissors
• felt and alligator clips for hair clips, pins for a broach

So what I really love about these is that they are simple, come together fast, and you can do SO much with them!

First off I’m going to show you the flower hair clips I made. I used 3/4 inch Ric Rac for these in aqua, light orchid, white and pink. Some super fun colors for spring and summer!

I cut two 28 inch strands, which made about a 2-2.5 inch flower.
First, start off by braiding the two strands together, they will literally look like a braid and no need for pinning, they stay in place! I braided about 1/3 to 1/2 and sewed and then braided the rest at my machine. Really just preference but it helps it from twisting.

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Take it to your sewing machine and sew straight down the middle. I used matching thread here but it’s not necessary because your stitches will be hidden.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Take a lighter and heat seal each end. Roll your strand, gluing with your glue gun every so often. Keep your glue on bottom half of stitches and do not let it twist.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Your flower will look like this now.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Open up your petals by pulling them back.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cut a small felt circle and attach to back.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I cut some small strands of jumbo Ric Rac in green and folded them up for leaves. You can play around with this part and make different types of leaves.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sew at ends with your machine.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Attach to the bottom of your flower and voila! Attach to an alligator clip for hair clips, elastic for a ponytail holder, or pin for a cute broach! I’m thinking these would be so cute as a pin for a Mother’s Day gift!

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Repeat this process with jumbo Ric Rac for home décor accents! The jumbo Ric Rac is sooo soft and made with great quality!! I made a couple of flowers for some picture frames. You don’t need to place these on felt, you can just directly glue onto whatever you like!

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Or, you can even place them together for a grouping on a wreath.

Ric Rac Flowers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You can also place them on bags or make a cute sash with them, possibilities are endless!! I feel like a kid with a fresh sheet of stickers, I want to stick them on everything!! Thank you so much for reading along, I hope you have fun making your own Ric Rac Flowers!!

Thank you Mary for sharing these gorgeous Ric Rac Flowers. I absolutely LOVE them and love the wide array of colors you created them in. Whether you wear them in your hair or on your favorite top, these flowers are stunning! Any project that can work double duty and look incredible as a hair accessory or embellishment is a favorite of mine and will soon be one of yours too!

Ric Rac is a wonderful little trim to craft with. It looks incredible on almost anything and takes your project to a whole new level of cuteness! Here are a couple more Ric Rac filled projects that you are sure to love!

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The Ribbon Retreat has a great selection of Ric Rac of all sizes and colors. You can use Ric Rac in so many adorable ways and fun, fun crafts! Make sure you visit The Ribbon Retreat to see not only our adorable Ric Rac, but all of our other fun trims, notions, flowers, and of course RIBBON! You can find all of that and more HERE!

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  1. Pat C.
    Posted April 11, 2015 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I just love ric rac flowers but have never made any before (story of my life- hehe!). But I think I just might take the plunge after seeing the ones you created, Mary, and gawking at the huge array of colors available from TRR! Oh, and your ric rac leaves are too adorable for words!

    I don’t own a sewing machine, but I think I’d try basting the braid or tacking it here and there to keep it fairly flat before rolling it.

    Thank you for sharing another wonderful tutorial! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 17, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! You should totally try these gorgeous flowers. They are so easy to make and look amazing in any size and color! I absolutely love these flowers too and think they are so much fun! Good luck and thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted April 23, 2015 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Nice thinking and great selection of colour of Ric Rac flowers ,thank you for showing us the making of Ric Rac. You can also make these flower using satin ribbon its really good and shining too.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 27, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Thank you Micheal! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted June 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Love this tutorial. Pinned & hope to get to try making some soon.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi there! Thank you so much for your comment and the pin! I am so glad that you love these fun flowers! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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