Is spring taking it's own sweet time in your neck of the woods? Well, it is here. I crave color and life; I want to see green grass and flowers! On this sunny 27 degree day in Pittsburgh, I have to settle for some crafty flowers instead. Do you have any ribbon or buttons lying around? Okay, let's get to work.
Martha taught me this first style of flower. You can use any width of ribbon, just vary the number of ribbons used to adjust for thicker or thinner ribbon.
Here I'm using a thin ribbon, so I cut 8 pieces, 6 inches long. Arrange the ribbons as shown with the centers overlapping. Put a small stitch or two through the center to hold them in place.
Now, take the free ends and bring them into the center, like this, and secure with another stitch or two to hold them in place.
Secure a button or two to the center either with a stitch or hot glue.
Bend the floral wire in half and slide it under the stitches on the back of the flower to form a stem.
The next style of ribbon flower uses a thicker ribbon. I used 1 inch grosgrain, but any style of ribbon will do. You can see in the bouquet I also used a 2 inch sheer ribbon and it worked out just as well.
Sew a basting stitch along the edge of the ribbon, like this:
Thread a piece of floral wire through the holes in the button(s) and slide it through the center of the ribbon "flower". You can dot some hot glue onto the back of the button to secure it to the ribbon.
Wrap the wire with floral tape, as before.
Bonus Button Flower Tutorial:
Stack your extra buttons in interesting combinations and thread them onto the extra floral wire for a button flower to accent your ribbon flower bouquet. Wrap the wire with floral tape as described previously.
Place your bouquet on the nearest shelf, sip some lemonade, and dream of spring...