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Ric Rac Rose Roundup

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ric rac rose

I’m absolutely in love with this simple technique for making dainty fabric roses, and as promised yesterday, I wanted to share links to my favourite tutorials, and a few tips along the way.

ric rac roses

Firstly, I came across 3 different ways to form these roses.

1. One length of rick-rack rolled up.
This technique is especially good for making rosebuds (like the ones in the photo above) and using up shorter lengths of ric rac. Here’s another blog with beautiful necklaces made in this way.

2. Two lengths of rick-rack twisted around each other and then rolled up. (here’s another tutorial)
This is the technique I used for my roses. The only difficulty is unwinding the twined ric rac which has a tendency to twist around itself.

3. One length of rick-rack folded in half and then rolled up.
This technique produces roses that look just as nice, but I’m not sure I’m adept enough with an iron to be able to press ric rac in half. Perhaps there’s a trick?

I had never realised how much fun ric rac is! So many sweet colours to choose from…

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– I used 5mm ric rac, which makes dainty, relatively shallow roses. When I tried with 1cm ric rac, I found the rose was too tall.
– You can sew your rose if you like, but I think a hot glue gun is probably faster.
– Pretty hardware will make these roses even nicer as gifts.
– However, you can easily slide one onto a bobby pin for a pretty hair accessory, or a paperclip to make a bookmark.
– If you have hot glue strands on your rose, just hold a blow dryer over it and they’ll melt away.
– I made the purple rose with two shades of ric rac twined together, which produces a really nice effect.
– With furled petals I think the roses look rather like ranunculus (see my orange flower above).

ric rac rose
ric rac rose

I hope you enjoy making these flowers as much as I have! And don’t forget to finish your gift off with a printable gift tag

ric rac rose

15th March, 2012  // How To // tags: , , , .


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the woods were full of sound

– playing with calligraphy pens.
– new summer dresses!

lace dress
tree lace

– rain & thunder every day. no picnics for us. :(
– lisianthuses.


– printing out my Creature Comforts Calendar page for JUNE!

29th May, 2011  // Life // tags: , , , .

wordless wednesday

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shh... just a prototypeshh... just a prototype
shhh… Wordless Wednesday

22nd April, 2009  // 5 O'Clock // tags: , , , .

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