Saturday, October 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR October Blog Hop.

If you arrived here from Judy's awesome blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment celebrates Christmas. I just love all the reds and greens and the pretty white crochet lace. Isn't it beautiful??!


First I have a Christmas card for you featuring a quick and easy Ribbon Poinsettia Flower.

I used the red checkerboard satin for the poinsettia and the forest green diamond satin for the leaves, both found in the October Monthly Ribbon Club assortment.  I finished it off with a Snow White Pearl in the center.  The flower is sitting on the Christmas Zig Zag on Red Satin layered on top of the beautiful white crochet lace.  Looks kind of pretty, right?

Here's a close-up of the flower.  
Would you like to know how I made it? 
Yes??  Well, okay.  I'll tell ya.

Here's a quick tutorial on how I made my pretty
ribbon poinsettia flower.
5/8" red checkerboard ribbon - about 16"
5/8" forest green diamond satin - about 3"
thread to match main ribbon color
lighter or fray check to seal ribbon ends
stong craft glue to attach finished ribbon flower to your project
Snow White Pearl or other embellishement of your choice for flower center
First you will need to cut 4 red pieces of ribbon at 2-1/4" each, 3 red pieces at 1 3/4" each and one green piece at 2-1/2".  The ribbon width I used is 5/8" wide.  If you increase the ribbon width you will need to increase the length of your pieces.  Cut the end of each piece in a point like the pieces below. 

 Seal the ends of your ribbon with fray check or by quickly running a flame across the raw edges.  Do you need to seal the ends if you are using the flower on a card as I did above?  Probably not.  If you are making a hair accessory or something that will be handled quite a bit, then I would go ahead and take the time to seal the ends.

Thread your needle with thread that matches the color of your ribbon.  For my example I used white so you can see my stitches, but use a matching thread on your flower.  Take a few stitches similar to the ones I did below across the middle of the ribbon piece.  If you keep your stitching consistent, the pleats of your flowers will be consistent and will make for a nicer finished piece.

Stitch all of the 2-1/4" pieces as shown below.

Once they are all stitched, pull the stitching tight and then wrap the thead around the middle.  Then tie it off securely and clip the thread.

Repeat the same thing for the three shorter pieces and then for the leaf piece.  When you do the leaf piece, leave yourself a bit of a tail on the beginning end before your knot and don't clip the tail when you are done.

Stack all your clusters on top on one another beginning with the leaf on the bottom and then wrap the thread from the leaf around all three clusters a couple of times to secure and then tie it off on the back.  Clip the thread leaving a bit of a tale that you can catch in your glue or adhesive when you attach it to your project.  This will ensure that it won't come apart.  Once the pieces are together you will have to play around with the placement of the petals a bit.  It doen't have to be perfect because how many perfect poinsettia flowers have you seen?  Nature is NOT perfect so your flower petals don't need to be either.

Add a little half pearl or button or your choice of embellishment to finish off the center and you are done.  Super easy, right??

For my second project I made a poinsettia flower to attach to a pretty Christmas woven ribbon headband. Believe it or not I used the White Christmas Dots and Ovals Satin and the Red Christmas Zig Zag ribbon from the October Ribbon Club Assortment.  What?  You don't see the Red Christmas Zig Zag Satin?  That's because I used the back side of it!  I tried it the other way and it looked a bit too busy, so I just flipped it over and used the back.  Hey, it's your ribbon, so you can use it any way you want!!  ;)

If you missed the tutorial on how to make a woven ribbon headband, you can find it HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
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~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps - JustRite Stampers Christmas Treasures Set
Paper - assorted cardstock from my stash 
Other - Spellbinders dies, Darice embossing folder, Snow White Pearl, 1/2" Child Size headband


True :) said...

Your projects are so pretty! Thanks for the awesome ribbon poinsettia tutorial! Can't wait to give it a go! :)

True :D

Judy Rozema said...

What beautiful creations!! I love your flower. I had been looking at a tutorial for one similar, thinking I should try it and now I have to! You are a brave woman to use fire!! :)

Anonymous said...

So clever use of the ribbon....that poinsettia is to die your card and headband, too...just amazing. Jan D., Florida

stamping sue said...

what a great poinsetia ribbon flower. really like it.
stamping sue

Dawn's Craft Place said...

That flower is stunning and so creative, thanks for sharing the tutorial

Rosalee said...

WOW!!! Those poinsetia ribbon flowers are so gorgeous. I'll definitely be trying this one. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Your card is outstanding and I just adore that woven hairband.
Hugs, Rosalee

Pattie J. said...

OH! MY Gosh! what an idea, and that gorgeous ribbon makes a very special poinsettia. Really appreciate you sharing your tutorial. for these visual people like me......LOVE IT

Ginger said...

Goodness me - what a pretty poinsettia. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I love your card!

Robin said...

Oh my - you are so talented with ribbon. I love the poinsettia and the layer of ribbons. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Robin

Jane said...

Wow what a talent you these projects especially the poinsettia,
Jane x

Sue D said...

Thanks for the tutorial--love the ribbon poinsettia flower.

Nikki said...

Thanks for the Flower tut I love how you've made it :) hugs Nikki C

Cheryl Walker said...

Omgosh Bonnie I love the Poinsettia you made with the ribbon!!! Beautiful job and love the card and headband, both are beautiful!!! Headband would be perfect for my nieces, might have to try this one! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

TLady said...

FABULOUS CARD & TUTORIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I can tell, YOU LOVE RIBBON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ME TOO!) WHAT A FABULOUS SET OF RIBBONS!!!!!!!!!!!! :) YOU made them SHINE!!!!!!!!!!! :)

DonnaSue said...

Beautiful poinsettia flower!

christi said...

wow, such a cute card and i loved the flower tute. the layered ribbon looked great too. i love how you wrapped the hair band.

Edwina said...

Thank you for sharing how to make the poinsettia. it is beautiful! I love your card and headband. You did a great job on both. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Mimi said...

Oh gosh, that flower is gorgeous! I'm going to try that - I think. your instructions are great!

Darlene L said...

The flower is beautiful. Thanks for the great tutorial, can't wait to try it.

Noreen said...

Love the poinsettia flower! What a great way to use the ribbon.

tina said...

Beautiful! Love the use of the ribbon.


Snoopy said...
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Snoopy said...

OH! Bonnie your flowers are stunning! I just emailed my buddies on my Yahoo card groups and gave them the link so they could come see too. Love your Christmas ribbons. I hope I win!

Snoopy :D
Snoopy's Homemade Fun

Allison Cope Israels said...

Incredible Bonnie! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial - very clear and concise. Thanks!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, thanks for the fabulous tutorial, I am so going to try that one out!

Unknown said...

Love this! It has (for me) all the elements I like in acard and the poinsettia is beautiful! thanks for the tutorials too!

Sharka said...

This is so my kinda card... luv it! Thank for sharing your poinsettia tutorial, I think I just may have to try to make one...:)

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful card and headband! Love that gorgeous poinsettia you created! Thanks for showing us how!

Ava Gavloski said...

Bonnie you are the queen of ribbon beauties!!! thanks for the deets on both of these lovely seasonal items, i need to try these out!!! great pattern on both the red and green ribbon.
ava g

Jill said...

What a beautiful card. I'm going to have to try and make one of those poinsettias myself.

marg0006 said...

Lovely card. You did such a fantastic job with the pointsetta.

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Valerie said...

WoW! the poinsettia is beautiful! Loved the traditional Christmas colors and the sentiment. Also like the decorative circle behind the sentiment.

Ellen said...

OH I love that poinsettia! I am going to try that! Thanks!!!!

efj said...

Thank you for the flower tutorial! Love the card!! Thanks for sharing.

Donelda M said...

I don't usually leave a comment on projects -- But your tutorial was so well done -- I had to let you know !! Excellent pictures and instructions ... Very good job !! Beautiful card.

JennyH said...

Great card, gorgeous poinsettia. Thank you for the tutorial, will have to give it a go : )

Angela Johnson said...

What a great poinsettia. I definately have to try this one.

Wanda H said...

Beautiful card!!! Awesome flower!!