Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Ric Rac Rosettes!!

A few weeks ago, my favorite little sister introduced me to the most fantastic website for craftinistas...this awesome gem of an online craft supply store that, similar to Groupon, offers a deal a day...but only with all sorts of goodies for your DIYing pleasure.  You can join for yourself right here: Pick Your Plum.  I mean, how can you not with fall colors this fabulous?

So, today I checked my e-mail as I always do from them, one of the few 'advertising' messages that I actually open, and saw a GREAT deal on Ric Rac; you know, the zig zag thread that your mom had sewn on all of your handmade dresses if you were lucky enough to be born in the seventies?

Ric Rac is retro-fab these days, and can be used for all sorts of things like headbands, pillows, lamp shades, you name it!  So I thought today would be the perfect day to send a little tutorial your way from The Crafting Chicks that will take you back in time.  After all, who can pass up a deal as good as that one?


Supplies You Will Need:
~ Ric Rac
~ Needle & Thread (preferably done with a sewing maching...or by hand if you prefer!)
~ Hot glue or craft glue (We prefer hot)
~ Clip (to hold while twisting)
~ Felt or fleece circle

1.) First, cut 2 strips of ric rac about 10-12″long, depending on how big of a flower you want to end up with.

2.) Then twist the two pieces of ric rac together.

3.) And then run a stitch down one side to hold it all together.

4.) And to make the flower, you just start from one end and roll it up, adding small dots of hot glue along the way, just to keep it all together.

5.) Keep rolling . . .

6.) Until you have this–and then tuck the little tail under and hot glue it down. Next, glue a small circle of felt or fleece on the back, just to finish it off. To make your flower wearable, glue it on a ring blank, a necklace, or on clips for a little girl’s hair.  Or go all home chic and add it to your lamp shades, pillows, aprons....the possibilities are endless!

7.) You’ll notice all of the petals are closed, so to open them up you just peel them back one by one, until it looks like a flower. As you wear it, the petals tend to close up, so re-opening it will be necessary. Unless you prefer it closed of course:)

And as usual, a little inspiration . . .

(photo courtesy of Beau Fleurs)

(courtesy of Indulgy)

Aren't those just the sweetest little things?  Now hurry....go take advantage of that wonderful deal so you can fill your home with flowers before those cold winter months set in!!

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