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Today, I am sharing a tutorial for some 'No Sew Ribbon Flowers'....I used 2 of them to create this simple, yet elegant gift box:
I've seen other online tutorials where folks have used a needle and thread to create similar flowers, but I'm pretty accident prone with sharp objects and have a small fear of needles, so I found an alternative way to make some stunning rosettes with my trim. I find that the jewelry wire adds more stability to the base of the flower as well as helping me to permanently shape my creations to my liking. Hopefully the technique saves you some pricked fingers!
NO SEW RIBBON FLOWER TUTORIAL
1. Gather your supplies - I used a variety of the Donna Salazar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L trims - Lace Ribbons and Texture Ribbons. I also got out Donna's new Dodz XL 3/4 inch adhesive dots and some jewelry wire.
2. Cut a length of trim - the length will vary depending on how much you plan to gather the trim and how large of a flower you wish to make...for the demo, I used approximately 12 inches of trim. Cut a length of jewelry wire to approximately 1/2 the length of the trim. DON'T USE YOUR GOOD SCISSORS! Depending on the gauge of wire you're using, you can dent your scissors, so if you don't have a wire cutter, use a spare pair of scissors....also, I like to cut the wire at an angle to allow the next step to go more easily.
3. Thread the wire through the trim using something similar to a basting stitch. I used of spacing of 1/8 to 1/4 inch, but there's no need to be fussy here.
4. Loop the wire at one end to prevent the trim from sliding off the wire completely as you work. When you've threaded the wire through all the trim, gather to your liking and loop the wire at the finishing end too....this makes the shaping step go much more smoothly.
5. Starting at one end, begin to wrap the ribbon around itself, using the wire to form and hold the shape as you go.
6. When finished, wrap the two wire ends around each other like a twist tie, turn over and fluff the flower a bit.
7. Get out a Donna Salazar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Dodz XL (LOVE how large these are!) and remove the clear backing.
8. Flip the flower over, trim the excess wire (if desired) and apply the Dodz XL to hold the flower in its desired shape.
9. Your flower is now ready to use! To save for later, reapply one of the backing materials.
I created all sorts of flower's with a variety of the available trims. Some of the wider trims I folded in half before threading on the wire for a completely different look.
Here are some other floral creations courtesy of the no sew technique:
With the Lace Ribbons:
with the (other ) Texture Ribbons:
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