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Friday, February 24, 2012

Fabric Scrap and Ric Rac Roses


A couple weeks ago I made some gifts for a friends daughter. It was her second birthday and I decided to jazz up some accessories with  fabric roses. 
Try as I may, I just can't bring myself to do crafty things and not take pictures, so I'm here to share a tutorial with y'all.
 I had first attempted these when I made my guest bedroom frame wall...
I looked up  a few tutorials online, but none of them worked out quite the way I hoped they would. So I scraped the tutorials and just went with it. Here is the method I came up with. It's super simple...in fact, you can probably stop reading right now if you just remember these three words - Wrap, twist, glue... repeat. Okay, so four words. 

If your the type that likes specific directions though, then your gonna love this...
1. Cut out a scrap piece of fabric. Size doesn't really matter, but for reference this one is about two inches wide and two feet long.
 2. Fold in half, mainly just the first six inches or so.
 3. Trim it down to make the first few inches narrower, like so....
 4. Roll it up and glue into place. I used hot glue this time, last time I used needle and thread. Hot glue is WAY easier, as you might imagine. Also fabric glue takes way to long to dry, I tried that and it didn't work.
 5. When you get to the end  of your trimmed part, twist it once and keep wrapping. 
 6. Keep wrapping and twisting, gluing as you go. Please DO NOT over think this, whatever way you do it will turn out pretty darn good. It doesn't really matter how much you twist, or if it's folded in half, or not, or a little or both. Just go with it.
7. When you come to the end of your fabric, glue the end underneath the rose. Done. You should probably not be like me and pick off any hot glue that is showing. I was in a bit of a hurry because I procrastinated making these until about an hour before we had to leave for the party. Taking pictures along the way slowed me down a bit too, but I still had to do it!


The ric rac roses are seriously easy too, this is the first time I've made them. Here is what I did...

1. Take your ric rac and cut two pieces that are equal in length. Then wrap them around each other and sew them together. (I'm sure gluing would work as well).

Here is an example of what I mean - the one on the left I just placed together like a puzzle and sewed,  and the one on the right is wrapped - kinda or like braiding with two pieces. I made successful roses out of both, but I liked the wrapped on better.
2. Here where it gets complicated, so pay attention. 
Roll it up and glue as you go.
 That's it. 
 To prove to you just how easy this is...
See this rose below? My husband made that one. It's actually better than mine...beginners luck is the only sensible explanation.
 Now you add them to whatever you want! I put mine on a little toddler purse...
and a headband...
...and various other things that I didn't have time to take pictures of.
But seriously, you can put them on anything - pillows, lampshades, frames, jewelry - it's all fair game.
Happy Crafting!

Ashley
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22 Comments:

At February 24, 2012 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Angela @ The Not So Functional Housewife said...

I never thought of trimming the beginning of the fabric to make it shorter. Great idea! Loving the ric rac roses!

Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

~Angela

 
At February 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Katie @ Pincushion Creations said...

Really cute!! Love how simple they are!

 
At February 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Allyson said...

These are adorable! I have tried making fabric flowers before, and it never worked for me. This looks great!

Allyson
http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

 
At February 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Devon said...

So cute!

 
At February 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM , OpenID poindextr said...

cute cute CUTE! love these made from ric-rac, so adorable :)

 
At February 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM , Blogger Handmade by Hilani said...

This is awesome. I'm going to Pinterest Girls Night in tonight, and up-cycling a few old shirts, I'm definitely going to do this on some of them. Thanks for the Tutorial. Found you on Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

 
At February 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM , Blogger sara @ applestone drive said...

Great job! I have tried these before and have never been thrilled with the results. I can't wait to try again using your tip of trimming the end. Thanks!

-sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

 
At February 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM , Blogger Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Gotta love scraps and ric rac!

 
At February 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM , OpenID michellespicka.com said...

Excellent idea to use the ric rac! Fabulous!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Those are just so darn cute! Thank you for the tutorial on both kinds of flowers. I saw your post over at Carolyn's Homework blog party.

 
At February 28, 2012 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

They are just great, so cute and I think I could even make them! Visiting from Coastal Charm.

 
At February 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

I love these~ I've always loved fabric flowers and have tried my own hand at making a few. I love the ric rac ones especially!

BTW I'm stopping over from Topsy Turvy linky party and am your newest follower! I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog, if you have time.

Xoxo,
Sarah
www.adventuresofourfamily.com

 
At February 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Louisa said...

I love the pink ric rack one!

 
At March 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Stephanie @ A Steph-Made Life said...

These are so cute and fun! I've made roses out of fabric before, but never realized what you could do with ric rac! Thanks for sharing!

 
At March 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Becolorful said...

lovin' these - especially with the rick-rack. I'm impressed. :D Thanks for linking this up to BeColorful
pam

 
At March 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM , Blogger The Stuff of Success said...

I love your roses. They are awesome. And anything that utilizes rick rack is great in my book. Athena

 
At March 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Fork said...

These are great! I would love to try to make them some time! Thanks so much for sharing!

-fork

http://forkfabz.blogspot.com

 
At March 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Ginger said...

Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's {wow} me wednesday party. :)

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/03/take-look-at-you-my-favorites_08.html

 
At March 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM , Blogger Jane said...

I featured this project today on my blog FInding Fabulous! Come check it out!

Jane
FF

 
At March 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM , Blogger 4 Sisters @ bringingbeauty.blogspot.com said...

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At March 9, 2012 at 7:45 AM , Blogger 4 Sisters @ bringingbeauty.blogspot.com said...

I love this! Can't wait to give it a try.

Dana
http://www.bringingbeauty.blogspot.com/

 

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