Make Your Own Faux Roses
Embellish clothing and decor with faux roses you make yourself; plus, create rose-y greeting cards and get a tip for reviving old dinnerware.
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Made with ribbon, crepe paper or fabric, these faux beauties can be sewn into a bedspread or dress, gathered into a posy, attached to a pin or used to decorate a picture frame. For a pretty touch at a wedding, use sheer organza roses to hold bunched-up tulle netting at the end of a wooden pew.
Two simple techniques, rolling and folding, can be used for making all types of roses.
Materials and Tools:
1 yard of 1-1/2" wide ribbon or 1 yard of 3" wide silk folded in half lengthwise
needle and thread
1. Run a line of basting stitches along the length of the fabric or ribbon. On the fabric strip, stitch through both layers of fabric along the cut edge.
2. Pull the thread tight to form gathers along the edge of the ribbon or fabric. Knot at the end.
3. Begin on the right end of the gathered strip with the stitching toward you. Fold the right end of the strip down at a 45-degree angle and roll tightly to form the bud. Continue wrapping the ruffled ribbon around the bud, loosely for a more open rose and more tightly for a more closed rose. Stitch along the basted edge as you roll to hold in place.
4. At the end of the ribbon, fold the raw edge down at a 45-degree angle and sew in place.
Note: To make a rose with wire ribbon, first knot one wire on the end of the ribbon, expose the end of the same wire on the opposite end of the ribbon and push the ribbon down the wire to form gathers. When gathered, use the rolling technique, and wrap the bottom of the finished rose with wire to secure.
To make a crepe paper rose, gently stretch one edge of a piece of crepe paper along its length. Roll with the unstretched edge at the bottom of the rose. When the rose is rolled, warp a piece of wire around its bottom.