Making Roses from Fabric or Ribbon
February 10, 2010
Valentine's Day is this weekend, and if you feel like you're going to be stuck buying a box of mystery chocolates because you don't have time to make something special, fret not! I am here to share a quick craft that can be made with minimal materials and minimal time. With a little practice, fabric roses can be made in a flash, cost much less than the real thing, and will last forever.
To make fabric roses you will need the following:
* Light to medium-weight woven fabric with good body (but not too stiff) cut in strips. (I used Dupioni Silk, but you could also use cotton, satin or any pretty fabric that has body but isn't too stiff). You can also use ribbon.
* Floral Wire
* Floral tape
The amount of fabric you will need will depend on the size and number of flowers you want. Bigger flowers require thicker and longer strips, and smaller flowers take thinner and smaller strips. In the demo video I use strips that are 3.5 inches wide and roughly 23 inches long, giving me roses that are approximately 3 inches in diameter. I cut my strips with the grain, which saved me material and gave it a whispy, frayed look. You can also cut them on the bias for a cleaner look, but that also means using more fabric. If you want to bypass the whole cutting thing altogether you can also use 2.5 inch or wider satin or velvet ribbon. If you find the hand and finger placement difficult at first, starting with wire edge ribbon might help.
You can find both the floral tape and wire at a craft store. If you aren't familiar, floral tape is actually a stretchy paper-like tape that's covered in wax instead of adhesive. You pull and stretch it slightly as you work, causing it to stick to itself.
Since writing out instructions just wasn't as good as a visual tutorial, we've decided to try something new for for Fabric.com - video! I hope you enjoy this one and find it informative. Keep an eye out for more to come!
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