Make Your Own Ribbon Roses - Free Step by Step Instructions

  • 01 of 04

    What You Need to Make Ribbon Roses

    Ribbon Rose on a Mutli Loop Bow. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Maybe the florists created it but roses spell love. What better way to make a loving statement than to decorate with roses. Experiment with different width ribbons to make a rose for a package decoration. Place a ribbon rose in the center of Multi Loop Decorative Bow for a special gift or as a decoration. Consider a combination of ribbon roses and bows to make corsages or wedding decorations as well as packaging decorations.

    What You Need:

    • Ribbon - For your first ribbon rose I suggest a 1" wide or wider ribbon so you get the "feel" of making the rose. Once you've mastered the process, make miniature roses with narrow ribbon or giant roses with wide ribbon. The length of the ribbon will correspond to the width of the ribbon. For the rose shown in these directions, using a 1 1/2" wide ribbon, I used 27" of ribbon.
    • A sewing machine to sew a row of basting. (Hand basting can be used but sew small stitches)
    • Quality Thread Is There a Difference In Sewing Threads? You Be The Judge
    • A sturdy and hand sewing needle
    • Optional: To make long stem roses you will also need floral tape and wire to attach the ribbon rose and make the stem.
    Note: Wire edge ribbon may be used for this process, using the wire to gather the ribbon rather than the basting stitches described in the directions. The wire that is used to gather the ribbon, can be used to wrap the layers and secure the rose but hand stitching the formed rose in place is still the most secure way to be sure your rose maintains its shape.
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  • 02 of 04

    Prepare the Ribbon

    how to prepare ribbon to make a ribbon rose
    Prepare the Ribbon - Basting Stitches in White. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Note: The white thread shown in the photos was used for contrast and visibility. Use thread that matches your ribbon so that it does not show in your finished rose. How to Choose the Correct Color Sewing Thread

    • Sewing as close to one edge as possible, sew a row of basting stitches on the edge of the ribbon. This is a great place to experiment with needle position and sewing machine seam guides to place the stitching as close to the edge as possible for sewing on the ribbon.
    • Using the thread end on one end of the ribbon, gather a generous length of the ribbon.
    Continue to 3 of 4 below.
  • 03 of 04

    Forming the Rose

    how to form a rose from ribbon
    Forming the Rose. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • At the end of the ribbon, turn the end over to the edge of the ribbon to create the center bud like area of the rose.
    • Use your needle and thread to secure the end of the ribbon to the edge of the ribbon.
    • Roll the remaining gathered ribbon around the formed center, gathering and releasing gathers as you roll to form pedals.
    • Secure the layers of pedals as you roll with the needle and thread.
    • As you approach the end, fold the end of the ribbon to the back side of the rose similar to the way you started the rose..
    • Secure the pedals by stitching through all of the layers on the back of the rose at the ribbon edges.
    Continue to 4 of 4 below.
  • 04 of 04

    Printable One Page Make Your Own Ribbon Roses Instructions

    How to make a ribbon rose
    Forming a Ribbon Rose. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS

    Maybe the florists created it but roses spell love. What better way to make a loving statement than to decorate with roses. Experiment with different width ribbons to make a rose for a package decoration. Place a ribbon rose in the center of Multi Loop Decorative Bow for a special gift or as a decoration. Consider a combination of ribbon roses and bows to make corsages or wedding decorations as well as packaging decorations.

    What You Need:

    • Ribbon - For your first ribbon rose I suggest a 1" wide or wider ribbon so you get the "feel" of making the rose. Once you've mastered the process, make miniature roses with narrow ribbon or giant roses with wide ribbon. The length of the ribbon will correspond to the width of the ribbon. For the rose shown in these directions, using a 1 1/2" wide ribbon, I used 27" of ribbon.
    • A sewing machine to sew a row of basting. (Hand basting can be used but sew small stitches)
    • Quality Thread Is There a Difference In Sewing Threads? You Be The Judge
    • A sturdy and hand sewing needle
    • Optional: To make long stem roses you will also need floral tape and wire to attach the ribbon rose and make the stem.

    Note: Wire edge ribbon may be used for this process, using the wire to gather the ribbon rather than the basting stitches described in the directions. The wire that is used to gather the ribbon, can be used to wrap the layers and secure the rose but hand stitching the formed rose in place is still the most secure way to be sure your rose maintains its shape.

    Prepare the Ribbon

    Note: The white thread shown in the photos was used for contrast and visibility. Use thread that matches your ribbon so that it does not show in your finished rose. How to Choose the Correct Color Sewing Thread

    • Sewing as close to one edge as possible, sew a row of basting stitches on the edge of the ribbon. This is a great place to experiment with needle position and sewing machine seam guides to place the stitching as close to the edge as possible for sewing on the ribbon.
    • Using the thread end on one end of the ribbon, gather a generous length of the ribbon.

    Forming the Rose

    • At the end of the ribbon, turn the end over to the edge of the ribbon to create the center bud like area of the rose.
    • Use your needle and thread to secure the end of the ribbon to the edge of the ribbon.
    • Roll the remaining gathered ribbon around the formed center, gathering and releasing gathers as you roll to form pedals.
    • Secure the layers of pedals as you roll with the needle and thread.
    • As you approach the end, fold the end of the ribbon to the back side of the rose similar to the way you started the rose..
    • Secure the pedals by stitching through all of the layers on the back of the rose at the ribbon edges.