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19 Ways To Make Ribbon Flowers: {How-To}

Pretty ribbon flowers can be used to embellish all kinds of things such as tote bags, headbands, hair clips, shirts, brooches, scrapbooks and albums, gift toppers, etc. They can be made from assorted trims like organza, velvet, satin, grosgrain, pleated…you name it, there’s a flower you can make out of it! Here are over a dozen tutorials showing you how to make them including folded roses and ruffly flowers, enjoy!


Ribbon Flower Tutorial [1]: Simple method involving weaving thread through the ribbon and gathering it into a flower. Embellish with pretty buttons.

No-Sew Rosette [2]: Shows how to make a pretty flower using wired edge ribbon and a dab of hot glue.



Pin [3]: Another tutorial showing how to make a pretty flower using wire edged ribbon, folding and sewing. Attach a piece of felt on the back to hold a pin if you like.

Pleated [4]: Made with satin or grosgrain pleated ribbon, a bit of glue, a piece of chipboard and a button.



Loop [5]: Easy to make, uses thin ribbon arranged in loops and held in place with glue or a pretty button.

Easy Pretties [6]: Finish with pretty gem centers, button centers or leave as-is.



Rose Bouquet [7]: Made with satin ribbon (or fabric if you wish), stems are made with wire and floral tape.

Rolled & Folded Roses [8]: Made by rolling and folding then stitching in place every few sections to secure in place.



Folded [9]: The ribbon is first attached to a felt circle then folded and stitched in place around it. Embellish with a button in the middle.

Rolled [10]: Ribbon is first attached to a circle punch (with hot glue) then twisted and rolled around the circle (while being glued in place).



Ruched [11]: Ribbon is first gathered in a zig-zag pattern then rolled together to shape flower.

Double Layer Organza Petals [12]: Made with wire edge organza ribbon, fold and pleat into petals (held in place by a few stitches in the center). Embellish with pretty beads in the center.



Two-Toned Ribbon Roses [13]: Made with two strands of ribbon and folded and rolled into a flower, use as the center of pretty gift bows if you like (scroll down page to see example).

Folded Roses [14]: Folded at right angles to build a stack of folded squares and then pulled to shape.



Simple Flower Tutorial [15]: Uses little flower stamens (from the cake decorating aisle of your local craft store), or substitute a narrow ribbon in their place.

Rick-Rack Rosettes [16]: Made with two strips of medium rick-rack sewn together then simply rolled and dabbed with hot glue.



No-Sew Trim Flowers [17]: Make rolled flowers from lace, eyelet or ribbon trim (held in place with hot glue).

Five Petals with Rounded Ends [18]: Here’s an interesting technique that rounds the ribbon edge with a washer and wood burning tool.



Canterbury Bells [19]: (to applique on projects) Made with wired ribbon.