Gathered Ribbon Flower Embellishments

Hi everyone! Laura here today, with a quick and easy how-to on making your own flower embellishments.
A few supplies you will need:
scissors, saddle-stitch ribbon in green and another color of your choice (I used 3/8″ ribbons), ruler, glue dots (not pictured – I used 1 large, 2 mini)
The first step is to cut your ribbon… no need to be exact. I cut my pink ribbon to about 8 inches (this will be the flower), and the green ribbon to about 1 1/2 inches (this will be the leaf). 
Take the 8 inch ribbon, and pull out the stitching a little from each end (make sure you are pulling at the stitching running along the same side of the ribbon).
With one hand, put the two ends together, and pinch the loosened stitches where they meet the ribbon.
With your other hand, grab the stitches hanging below, and pull slowly to gather the ribbon.
Once the ribbon is gathered, tie the loose ends of the thread together. The tighter you can get it, the better.
After you’ve tied a knot, just cut the excess string.
Now we are ready to make the leaf. Take the green ribbon (cut to about 1 1/2 inches) and stick one end of it onto a large glue dot. I buy the glue dots on a roll, so I just cut one off, keeping the backing in place. Once the ribbon is in place, stick a mini glue dot on top.
Fold the other side of the ribbon over, sticking it to the mini glue dot. Add the other mini glue dot on top.
Now you can stick your gathered ribbon on top of the leaf. Make sure to tuck the raw edges of the ribbon underneath, then smoosh it around a bit till you like the look of it!
And now you have a simple little embellishment ready to add to your project.
Supplies Used: 
Stamps – Fairy Fhiona, Happy Hello Butterfly (sentiment)
Paper – White and Black cardstock, Doodlebug patterned paper
Accessories – Circle Dies, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Copics, Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Glue Dots, Adhesive Pearls, Stardust Stickles


  1. 1
    nmnastali says:

    ADORABLE card!!! GREAT tute!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I have sooooooo much grosgrain from making hair bows that it’s not even funny!! Nice to know I can use it on my cards for more than one purpose!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Laura!!

  2. 2

    Such a fabulous and fun technique! Thanks Laura!

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    Shari says:

    Laura, wow you are such a smarty pants! LOVE this tutorial, thank you so much for sharing!!!! LOVE IT!


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    Heather says:

    This is so cool. I am going to have to give it a try. I pinned it so I won’t forget where I saw it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Maureen says:

    Great tutorial and adorable card!

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    Really sweet results. I love the flower and great tutorial. Smoosh? That’s a technical term, right? LOL – Lovely job Laura.

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    Oma says:

    I’ve made ribbon flowers and love them. I really like the leaf you created with the ribbon.

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