Saturday, October 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR October Blog Hop.

If you arrived here from Judy’s awesome blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment celebrates Christmas. I just love all the reds and greens and the pretty white crochet lace. Isn’t it beautiful??!


First I have a Christmas card for you featuring a quick and easy Ribbon Poinsettia Flower.

I used the red checkerboard satin for the poinsettia and the forest green diamond satin for the leaves, both found in the October Monthly Ribbon Club assortment.  I finished it off with a Snow White Pearl in the center.  The flower is sitting on the Christmas Zig Zag on Red Satin layered on top of the beautiful white crochet lace.  Looks kind of pretty, right?

Here’s a close-up of the flower.  
Would you like to know how I made it? 
Yes??  Well, okay.  I’ll tell ya.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I made my pretty
ribbon poinsettia flower.
5/8″ red checkerboard ribbon – about 16″
5/8″ forest green diamond satin – about 3″
thread to match main ribbon color
lighter or fray check to seal ribbon ends
stong craft glue to attach finished ribbon flower to your project
Snow White Pearl or other embellishement of your choice for flower center
First you will need to cut 4 red pieces of ribbon at 2-1/4″ each, 3 red pieces at 1 3/4″ each and one green piece at 2-1/2″.  The ribbon width I used is 5/8″ wide.  If you increase the ribbon width you will need to increase the length of your pieces.  Cut the end of each piece in a point like the pieces below. 
 Seal the ends of your ribbon with fray check or by quickly running a flame across the raw edges.  Do you need to seal the ends if you are using the flower on a card as I did above?  Probably not.  If you are making a hair accessory or something that will be handled quite a bit, then I would go ahead and take the time to seal the ends.
Thread your needle with thread that matches the color of your ribbon.  For my example I used white so you can see my stitches, but use a matching thread on your flower.  Take a few stitches similar to the ones I did below across the middle of the ribbon piece.  If you keep your stitching consistent, the pleats of your flowers will be consistent and will make for a nicer finished piece.
Stitch all of the 2-1/4″ pieces as shown below.
Once they are all stitched, pull the stitching tight and then wrap the thead around the middle.  Then tie it off securely and clip the thread.
Repeat the same thing for the three shorter pieces and then for the leaf piece.  When you do the leaf piece, leave yourself a bit of a tail on the beginning end before your knot and don’t clip the tail when you are done.
Stack all your clusters on top on one another beginning with the leaf on the bottom and then wrap the thread from the leaf around all three clusters a couple of times to secure and then tie it off on the back.  Clip the thread leaving a bit of a tale that you can catch in your glue or adhesive when you attach it to your project.  This will ensure that it won’t come apart.  Once the pieces are together you will have to play around with the placement of the petals a bit.  It doen’t have to be perfect because how many perfect poinsettia flowers have you seen?  Nature is NOT perfect so your flower petals don’t need to be either.
Add a little half pearl or button or your choice of embellishment to finish off the center and you are done.  Super easy, right??
For my second project I made a poinsettia flower to attach to a pretty Christmas woven ribbon headband. Believe it or not I used the White Christmas Dots and Ovals Satin and the Red Christmas Zig Zag ribbon from the October Ribbon Club Assortment.  What?  You don’t see the Red Christmas Zig Zag Satin?  That’s because I used the back side of it!  I tried it the other way and it looked a bit too busy, so I just flipped it over and used the back.  Hey, it’s your ribbon, so you can use it any way you want!!  😉
If you missed the tutorial on how to make a woven ribbon headband, you can find it HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Heidi’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.

If you liked this project, please sign on as a follower or for my email feed.  I haven’t been blogging much lately, but that is going to change really soon.  I have some fun projects and tutorials coming soon!!

~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps – JustRite Stampers Christmas Treasures Set
Paper – assorted cardstock from my stash 
Other – Spellbinders dies, Darice embossing folder, Snow White Pearl, 1/2″ Child Size headband

Thursday, September 13, 2012

RRR September Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR September Blog Hop. 

If you arrived here from Judy’s awesome blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment celebrates Halloween.  I just love all the fun colors you can put together for Halloween.  Isn’t it delicious??!

I have a quick and easy card for you this month because while you are hopping along, I am enjoying a relaxing week on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands area in northern NY.  What a beautiful area to visit!

For my card today I used a couple of ribbons from this month’s assortment and my image and saying is from a sheet of Graphic 45 design paper from the Happpy Haunting Collection.  I just layered it on some cardstock cut with Spellbinder dies.

I added the ruched ribbon by adhering it with Scor-Tape.

I finished the card off with a bow made using my Bow-Easy Tool.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Heidi’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
~ Bonnie ~
Friday, August 31, 2012

Woven Ribbon Headband Tutorial


Hi everyone. 


Today I have a video tutorial for you for woven ribbon headbands using ribbon and supplies from Really Reasonable Ribbon


I’ve been promising this video for a while and I finally have it done.  My video editing needs some work, but I think it’s good enough to give you an idea of how to make them.  My oldest son had the nerve to grow up, get a job and move out without any consideration for my video editing needs if you can believe that.  This is why it’s been 2 years since my last video.  If you did not see it, be sure to take a look at my Military Braid Tutorial where I made a pair of fun flip flops.  I’m not of the generation that is born with the knowledge to run all computer programs, so you’ll have to bear with me for now.  🙂  I’m sure my skills will improve once I have a few videos under my belt.


First I have the video for you below.  Then beneath that, I will show you some other headband samples I made.  I encourage you to give this project a try.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite easy.




Here is my adorable niece modeling a headband I made with 3/8″ double-faced satin using a 1/2″ child size headband.  This size headband is probably ideal for girls up to age 7 or 8.  It’s a bit shorter end to end when their heads are still a bit smaller.


Here is a set I made with a 1/2″ child size headband and an 18″ doll headband.  These are fun gift ideas so your little girl had a matching headband for her favorite doll.  The larger child sized headband is made with 3/8″ grosgrain and the doll sized headband is made with 1/4″ grosgrain.

Here is an American Girl doll that belongs to my other niece modeling a doll sized headband.  (Sorry, I couldn’t seem to get my niece and the doll at my house at the same time for a photo of both of them together.)

Below are some additional headband samples.  You can make so many variations just by varying the starting ribbon positions or using printed ribbon.  A headband woven with just one color ribbon is also very nice.



The white headband below is made with 3/8″ white satin with grosgrain edge ribbon and would be lovely for a 1st communion or even a flower girl at a wedding.

This final headband is a 1/4″ headband and I used 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon.  I love the smaller profile of this width of headband.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and you have success making your own headbands.  They are wonderful for holiday gifts or to sell at holiday craft fairs.


If you give this a try, we would love to have you share your finished projects on the RRR Facebook page. 


If you have any questions or problems, I’d be happy to help if I can.  Just be sure to leave an email address so I can answer you if your blogger account does not have an email link.


~ Bonnie ~