Last week at my monthly quilting class, we were taught how to make ruched flowers. They will eventually find their way onto yet another Christmas quilt that I have started (pictures coming soon…I hope!). We made them with a strip of fabric, and because of possible fraying, had to do a few folds to hide any raw edges. The whole time I was thinking I could definitely come up with a better, easier way to make these. And of course, I was also sitting there wondering what else I could use them for. It hit me last night. Why not use ribbon? No folding necessary since there are no raw edges to hide! I played around with some pink and green ribbon, my two favorite colors, and that led me to the very large stash of pink and green papers that I have accumulated, and before I knew it, I had a cute card with a ruched ribbon flower embellishment. (Don’t you love when you find a completely different purpose for your newly found favorite technique?) Below you will find a tutorial on how to make the flowers. Feel free to ask any questions, and if you can think of any other uses for these goodies, please share!
Nikki, In Stitches
36″ of 5/8″ wide ribbon
Coordinating embroidery floss (1 strand) or any heavy thread that will not break when pulling to ruche ribbon
*Note: I used black embroidery floss in the pictures below so it would stand out.
1. Mark the wrong side of your ribbon, moving from right to left. Along the bottom edge, mark every inch. Along the top, first mark 1/2″ in, then mark every inch the rest of the way across. If you’ve done this correctly, your marks should be evenly staggered the entire length of your ribbon, as shown in the picture provided.
2. With a long piece of thread (approximately 36″), hand baste from mark to mark, creating a zigzag pattern, stopping occasionally to gather (“ruche”) the ribbon. Stopping every eight to ten inches to gather your ribbon is recommended. Any longer and you risk breaking your thread. Also, put a hefty knot at the start of your thread so that as you pull to gather it doesn’t pull through your ribbon.