Make these easy roses by folding and rolling hand-dyed silk ribbon into flowers of various sizes. Then, stitch them to premade ribbon stems, and tie each miniature bouquet with a bow. Add bundles of these roses to special packages. The recipient will be able to keep the decoration as an extra gift!What You Need:
- 2 yds. of Artemis 1-1/2-inch-wide bias-cut silk ribbon in the colors that follow (will make 20 medium roses):
Cherry Blossom (pink)
Blushing Bride (cream with pink tint)
Bridal Ivory (cream)
Victorian Rose (darker pink)
- Needle and thread
- Glue gun and hot-melt adhesive
- 5 yards of 2-1/2-inch-wide Alpine Flower (raspberry/green) bias-cut satin ribbon (will make 5 bows)
- 6 yards of 2-1/2-inch-wide Earth Mother (green) silk ribbon tubing (for stems and roping)
- 5 x 1-inch pinbacks (1 for each posy)
Note: Make all of the roses as follows using a 15-inch-length of ribbon for each flower. Use an 18-inch-length for a slightly larger rose.
1. Fold the right end of the ribbon down (see Diagram 1).
2. Fold the right end of the ribbon again (see Diagram 2), then roll it four or five times to form a coiled center.
3. Take a few stitches across the bottom of the coiled center to secure; do not cut the thread (see Diagram 3).
4. Fold back all of the unrolled ribbon length, and tilt the coiled center to create a looser rose. Roll the coiled center across the diagonal fold of the ribbon length (see Diagram 4).
5. Add a few more stitches at the base of the flower to secure (see Diagram 5).
6. Repeat the folding and rolling process until all but 2 inches of the ribbon is used. To finish, fold the end of the ribbon down and stitch the raw edge to the base of the coiled center.
7. Combine three or four roses for each posy. Glue or stitch the base of the roses together.
8. Cut five 4-inch pieces of the premade green silk tubing. Glue or stitch these stems to the base of each posy.
9. Cover the raw edges of the posies with an overhand bow made with satin ribbon. Leave ribbon tails longer if the posies will hang from a garland or chair back. Cut the tails short if they will be used on a package or as a brooch.
10. Stitch a pin back to each cluster; pin to package, garland, chair back, brooch, or napkin ring.