Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rolled Fabric Mother's Day Rose Brooch

Rolled fabric (or ribbon) roses are fast, cute, and a sweet way to add a little personal flair to your Mother's Day presents.  Use a single bloom or combine them into a mini-arrangement.  This DIY was designed as a pin-on brooch style craft, but you can just as easily pop a hair barrette, bookmark clip, magnet, etc on the back if you prefer. 

To make a basic rolled/folded ribbon rose:

  • Cut your fabric to width and length.  The length needed depends on how big you would like your final roses to be.  The wider/thicker your strip, the larger the petals will seem in the finished flower, and your rose will "fatten up" faster.  Very thin fabrics or ribbons, like chiffon, take a much longer length to achieve the same size flower as a nice sturdy cotton fabric or a thick satin ribbon.
This rose was made with a strip of unfinished (raw cut) pima cotton. As an alternative, if you want to avoid visible cut-edges (edges can be nice in rustic styles) in your rosette, you can fold the edged inwards to meet in the middle, fold in half, then sew down the length to make a "ribbon" strip of thicker and more finished looking fabric. 
  • Tie a knot at one end of the strip.
  • Twist/fold the strip away from you, and then wrap/roll it around the center. This is what creates the illusion of petals as you build the rose. The tighter the twist, the flatter the flower, the tighter the roll, the tighter the rosebud. All to personal taste!  
  • Repeat the twist-and-roll motion, periodically securing as you go.  I use a little dab of low-temp hot glue hidden behind the roll, but you can stitch if you prefer.  If using glue, watch your fingers as low-temp is still hot!
If this is a new crafting technique for you, I recommend practicing this twist-roll motion a few times with a scrap length of fabric or ribbon to get the feel for the motion, restarting if/as needed.  It can be a little confusing at first, but suddenly it starts to feel second nature and the rose starts to take shape.  Once you're comfortable, THEN start making your flowers in earnest, securing as you go.
  • When you are near the end of the strip (or have reached your target size), fold the ribbon towards the bottom of the rose and secure it in place. Trim the ends if/as needed.
  • Cut a small felt circle sized just smaller than the bottom of your rose in a complimentary colour. Optional: Cut a small leaf (or several) from a complimentary shade of green felt (embellish with embroidery if you wish)..  
  • Glue the circle to the bottom of the rose, taking care to ensure that your fabric ends are fully covered and that any optional leaves are secured first so that they too are neatly tucked in under the finished circle. Take care, low-temp glue is still hot!
  • Attach the rose heart to a brooch pin or other item if/as you wish.

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