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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rick Rack Roses Tutorial

I saw these little guys on pinterest, and HAD to rush out and buy some rickrack to try this!!!  They are just so adorable!
For each rose you'll need around 12" of rickrack, but it's easier to make a bulk lot of them.  I bought 2 metres of each colour, cut them in half and sat down in front of the telly to weave them together. 
I ran the smaller two colours through the sewing machine (more to one side) to lock the two strands together, but I forgot to on the jumbo rick rack, and it held up fine. (I sewed in pink so you can see it easier!)
I think it would add strength for if you want to put the roses on clothing or a handbag etc, but for decor or papercrafts, leaving out the stitching bit should be fine. 
 Then it's as simple as pinching one end, and rolling it up!  It will form into a bud, and then as you keep going, adding a dot of hot glue here and there, you'll end up with what almost looks like an artichoke... 
When your rose is as big as you'd like it to be, cut the tails off the rickrack, and glue the end underneath the flower.
Fan out the petals with your fingers, as much or as little as you like. 
Just gorgeous!!!
Now, go try make this, it's easy, I promise!
For an indicator of size, the biggest rose was made with jumbo rickrack (20mm wide), the cream was just the standard rickrack,  (12mm), and the little red one was with baby rick rack (8mm).  I think the larger ones are a lot easier to work with, but the tiny stuff makes for super sweet little rosebuds :)
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
x Rita


Tara @ Mum-ments said...

they are such a cute idea!! and so easy well done hun x

Sewandthecity said...

How clever! Thanks for the tutorial! I must admit my heart lies with the little yellow flowers you made for you little girl some weeks ago!

nelly_p82 said...

They would look gorgeous on a t-shirt as a feature Rita!

Bri said...

Love it! I would love some as brooches/badges! xoxo

OperaMama said...

I love these too. I will be trying them soon - I hope it is as easy and you make it look!