Monday, August 29, 2011

Ribbon Rose Tutorial

This is the promised Ribbon Rose Tutorial from the Charlotte Regional that I did. I said I would get a tutorial on my blog and this is my first attempt. As soon as my video camera gets repaired, I will do it with video. I will try to post and explain as best I can. I will have to say, it is much more dramatic in real time than in step-by-step pics. Bear with me as I am making the rose and making the photos myself!

 Step 1
Using about 24" ribbon, fold in half to make a right angle with the ribbon as shown.

Step 2
Now, keeping the right angle, fold the bottom ribbon under the angle as shown.

 Step 3
Fold ribbon than was on the left under the ribbon going up. Keep repeating the left/right or up/down ribbons folding over one another. (this is just like folding gum wrappers we all did as children)

This is a picture of how it looks from the top view

Step 4
This is how it looks from the bottom. Keep folding until one of the ribbons becomes too short to fold. Finish with the short ribbon folded over the longer piece.

This is how it should look from the top

 Step 6
Pinching off the last 2 folds of ribbon, you can let go of the stack but keep hold of the last 2 strips.

 Step 7
When you let go, it will unfold to look like this.

 Step 8
Holding both ends in your hand, pull the longer (underneath) piece up. Keep holding both pieces!

Step 9
Keep pulling and it will gather up all your ribbon like so.

This is how the ribbon will look when pulled up correctly.

Tie the short piece over the long piece, a simple knot like the first part of tying your shoe.
Pull closed. Not too tightly!
Your view as you tie it.

The completed rose. It is now ready to add to a project of your choosing!

 Well, there you have it. A picture by picture tutorial of the ribbon rose. Clear as mud?? I am not sure why the pictures posted so wonky, they looked fine before the post!


  1. Thank you so much for the great tutorial! The picture step by step version you did worked perfectly for me because it showed each individual step. When watching video's it can be cumbersome because I have to keep pausing to make sure my hands are where they should be & holding what they should be holding. So don't be too hard on yourself about not having your video camera repaired!

    Blessings & Inky Hugs;
    ~Shawnie B

  2. Perfect tutorial. I have to agree with Shawnie that having the still photos works well. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Now to go make a ribbon rose. I love them.
    Sue aka The Soggy Stamper

  3. I saw you do this at the Charlotte Regional and can't wait to make some. I'm so glad to have a tutorial to refresh my memory on how to make them. TFS! I to prefer the step-by-step pictures vs video.

  4. Thank you so much Judi. Your demo at the Charlotte Regional was great. Just never got to hear how you completed it.