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Sunday, June 09, 2013

DIY Rickrack Rose

If you love these Modcloth necklaces as much as I do, then you will be delighted by this tutorial!
Materials:
Rickrack ribbon in the color of your choice
A needle and matching thread OR a hot glue gun 
Step 1: To make a rose that is 1 inch in diameter, cut a 30 inch length of rickrack. For a rose that is 0.5 inches in diameter, cut a 15 inch length of rickrack.
Step 2: Fold the length of rickrack in half.
Step 3: Starting from the folded end, weave the rickrack together, as pictured above. It will naturally start to twist, so you will have to flatten it out as you go.
Step 4: Pinch the folded end of the rickrack and start rolling it up.
Step 5: As you roll the rickrack, make sure you sew or hot glue it in place at frequent intervals.
Step 6: Sew or hot glue the end of the rickrack length to the bottom of the rose. If you'd like you can mount it to a fabric or metal backing to cover up any unattractive stitches or glue lumps.
Step 7: If you prefer the open petal look, unfurl the bottom edges of the rose.
Now your rose is complete and you just need to decide what to do with it! You could, for example, make it into a ring, a brooch, or a headband decoration. Or, you could make a matching rose for a pair of earrings, or several roses to sew onto a purse or a shirt. I decided to mimic the look of the Modcloth necklaces and create a rose cluster necklace.
I sewed two half inch roses to a 1 inch rose and attached a jump ring to each so the group would sit nicely on a chain. As you can see, I didn't bother to put a backing on the cluster.
Ta-da! It's amazing what you can make with a little bit of ribbon and time!

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