Friday, May 21, 2010

guest blogger tutorial: calli of make it do.

okay today please give a warm welcome to calli of make it do!

I thought with pretty good certainty that the last corsage I would ever pin on was at Senior Prom in High School.

But I was wrong. A few weeks ago I visited the Quilting Cottage in American Fork, Utah. I love the Quilting Cottage, which is not only a quaint little store, but they have a wonderful selection of fabrics. While there, I spoke with Wendy, one of the women who works there...

She was making ribbon flowers pins for an upcoming wedding. The pins look a lot like the ones they sell at Anthropologie, but hers are a fraction of the cost. They were so darling I would happily wear one.

Wendy was kind enough to teach me how to make them. Here's what you need:


  • 2-4 yards of wire ribbon (depending on how large and tight you want your flower) (I used one and 1/2 inch wide ribbon.)

  • quilting thread or other strong thread

  • small amount of felt

  • hair clip or pin (or both)


1. Pull on the wire of one side of the ribbon to ruffle. Ruffle the entire length of your piece of ribbon. Not all wire ribbon is the same. Some are more fragile, so pull gently. Leave a few inches wire hanging out from the ends, but clip away the rest to get it out of your way.


2. To start, fold your ribbon back on forth a few times (on the side of ribbon which you've just pulled the wire). Using quilting thread run a stitch through the ribbon several times to secure.


3. Start wrapping the ribbon around. Secure each wrap by stitching all the way through the layers in a star pattern.


4. Once it is large enough to be difficult to stitch through all the layers, secure by stitching to the previous layer.


5. When you come to the end of the ribbon, fold the the corner of ribbon back inside to hide the raw edge. Stitch into place. Cut off any excess wire hanging out of the ends. IMG_3148

6. Cut a circle out of felt to cover the back of the flower. I cut a second layer of felt in a wide strip and secured it with a zigzag on each side. That way I could easily slip in onto a hair clip or a pin.


7. Stitch the felt into place on the back of the flower using a blind stitch.


I love how this flower turned out. I used 4 yards of fabric for this flower, and made it fairly dense. It looks just like the peonies blooming in my garden right now. And it was fast and easy... my kind of one evening project. I'm off to make several more as gifts right now...

Check out my Felt Poinsettia Flower Pin as well.

calli that is just adorable! thanks so much! i could think of quite a few places where i would like one of those lovely flowers!
tomorrow we will have one more guest blogger tutorial. how exciting! i hope you all are having fun with these while i'm gone!


Mystica said...

Gorgeous and you make it out to be so simple!

Barb said...

so pretty!!

Katie Lewis said...

So pretty! It's elegant enough for prom, but still simple and sweet enough to put on a little girl's dress. I love it.

Dogwood said...

Superduper beautiful. I love that flower. So fun and very creative. You are a very talented lady. Thanks for the great idea.

Have another fun and creative day.


Wendy said...

Calli, thank you for sharing such a beautiful project! Gorgeous!

amy smart said...

LOVE Calli!

Dana said...

Gorgeous! I never thought about wired ribbon. You did such a good job showing how to do it. Thanks!

Anne said...

This is SUCH a pretty flower! I love how full the bloom is!!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Lynn S. said...

Wow! That turned out SO pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

Marie-Andrée said...

Wow! an other one! great! I love this one to!

Becky said...

I love it! And I have some wired ribbon that I have wondering what to do with it.

Thank you!!!!

AdinB said...

It is really beautiful! :) Thanks for sharing.

The Beading Gem said...

Really pretty! Thanks for this inspiring tutorial. Will link soon in an upcoming blog post.

Sildenafil Citrate said...

Incredible, I wonder if I could make this, but I think that I will leave this work to my mother. Also, it looks so beautiful and carry on. It looks very simple and easy to make.

Anonymous said...

Omg, your flower came out so pretty!! The one I made looks more like a rose than a peony. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and thanks to the woman who showed you. :)

Jillian said...

This is a pretty carnation.
Works perfectly for any outfit and accessory. Thanks for sharing this!

id like to share that im into making standees. yup,DIY standees. i love the idea of turning every picture I want into a life-sized memorabilia!theyre great for pictures too!

I got mine here:

You just have to try it. Hope you enhoy it as much as I did.


Jillian said...

This is a pretty carnation! Works perfectly with any outfit and accessory. Thanks for sharing how to do it!

id like to share that im into making standees. yup,DIY standees. i love the idea of turning every picture I want into a life-sized memorabilia!theyre great for pictures too!

I got mine here:

You just have to try it. Hope you enhoy it as much as I did.


LC Jewelery said...

Very cute at first I didn't understand the part about the ruffling but now I get it. So excited!!! :D

Satijnlint said...

Lovely creations.
Is it allowed to use your pictures?
Afcourse I'll mention the source with a follow link.

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