Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ribbon Roses

I love working with ribbon. I also love embellishing my cupcake pillows with fancy trims and pretty ribbon roses. This has led me to several books on working with ribbon. There are a few very good books on the market and I cant wait to dive into a few. I have been wanting to start creating my own trims by experimenting with ribbon and also different dying techniques. I hope to have a garden of ribbon flowers to share with you soon, but for today I wanted to share this publication. Its the latest issue of Sew Beautiful magazine and its all about ribbon. There are many projects with complete instructions inside. The roses I have been making for a very long time. I learned how to make this ruched trim and I thought I would share it with you. Its very easy and is just beautiful when done. You would use a double faced satin ribbon. Hand stitch a gathering running stitch in a zig zag pattern as shown in the photograph. Every few inches I pull the gathers up and this is what it looks like. How easy is this! I think it looks like the perfect buttercreme frosting for a cupcake pillow :)

I hope everyone has a pretty week. Happy Creating, gail


Marie said...

Wow Gail. That ribbon is gorgeous. That trim will be perfect for your cupcakes.

the sassy beach said...

How beautiful and looks easy, it always amazes me at what people come up with, I wonder how they figured out to stich and make the ribbon gather so graceful. You are so right talk about the perfect icing look for your beautiful cupcakes! I can't wait to see a cupcake with that riboon as icing
have a great week
hugs sassy gail

Carolee Crafts said...

I love using ribbon and the roses are beautiful, off to find a copy of SB now, mind you I don't think mine would end quite as tidy as that!

Hugs x

lisa said...


Love the ribbon tutorial! Thanks so much.

Have a wonderful day.

Pale Pink And Roses

Susan said...

I am a ribbon freak! I don't sew anymore, but I will have to look for that magazine!

Bought "your" squirrels another bag of corn cobs yesterday...this has been a long winter for them!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Gail ~ that is beautiful !! I love it ~ I need to go get that magazine ~

Vera said...

I've always wondered how that was done. I will have to get that magazine!!
Those are going to look great on your cupcakes.
Olivia Paige

Patricia said...

I love ribbon and you have done magical things with it. The roses are perfection and just love that trim! Thank you so much for taking the time to do the tutorial.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Gail,

The ribbon you make is beautiful! Looks like a lot of work on those stitches! They are so neat though!

Have a great creative week!

Pei Li

Susie said...

Thanks Gail! I am ga ga over ribbons!
The Polka Dot Rose

Tedi said...

I'm a nut for ribbon. What a gorgeous publication. If anyone can do magical things with ribbon... it is you! Love, love, love, love everything you touch, Gail.
Hugs, Tedi

Debbie said...

What a great tutorial and that ribbon rouching is beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with it.


Meri Wiley said...

Hey Girlfriend,

OMG, it's so freaky you posted about this. I was just at Barnes & Noble on Saturday and was reading a book about ribbon flowers!!!! I'm not kiddin' and the book was amazing (wish I could remember the title), so anyway, I've been experimenting with ribbons and flowers, too! Here's to old Chargers on the same brain wave!


Michelle (Shell) May said...

Oooo how I do love ruched trim! I haven't seen that magazine yet. I'll have to go and check it out. Hugs to you and the fuzzy ones. Hope you're having a fun week and making lots of pretties!

Mary Patterson said...

WOW - how very beautiful, Gail and not too difficult either. GORGEOUS results. Thanks for showing us how!
Mary Patterson
Mary's Cottage Treasures

Vicki said...

HI Gail,
I too have a thing for ribbon orses and embellishments... The ribbon is stunning!!!! I put my fav trims, flowers, roses or whatnot in a pretty glass vase on my windowsill or desk so i can always see them...thanks for sharing
Vic xxx

Shoshananannnah said...

Very fun and so beautiful - can you show how to make the roses?
I am on the lookout for that issue of 'Sew Beautiful', in the meantime. Your ideas are so feminine and fresh! Thank you for sharing!
God bless ^_^

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