I made one of these for my niece for her 1st birthday party, as a Minion theme.
But I didn’t write down the measurements, so I’m just trying to recreate it, 2 years later with a Trolls theme. Here’s what I’m trying…
Top small flower bow: (2) 6″ of 3/8″ ribbon in 2 colors, I chose fuchsia and hot pink.
Bottom bigger flower bow: (2) 8″ of 3/8″ ribbon in 3 colors, I chose white, mint green and turquoise.
Spikes: (2) 4″ of 7/8″ ribbon in 2 colors, I chose turquoise and fuchsia. V cut ends.
Seal ends of all ribbon with a lighter before beginning. Find center and layer ribbons on the center of a pin. Glue centers so they won’t shift. Add each petal by pushing onto pin, then gluing as well.
After making the new flowers, each layer came out just a bit smaller than the ones on this minion bow, at 2.5″ wide. I think that the top layer of ribbon was more likely 7″. The 2nd bow came out to 3.5″ wide whereas the Minion one was closer to 4″ so it was probably 10″ ribbons. And the spikes were probably 4.5″ or 5″.
Layered Fabric Flower
This fabric flower can be made from tattered circles or flower patterned pieces of fabric folded into quartered pieces. You can use 9 petals of t-shirt material or any pattern or solid cotton fabric. I’ve even tried this with singed satin irregular circles or sheer material.
Use 5 rounded edges on pattern of flower. Fold the piece of material in half and then in half again so it is triangularly shaped. Fold so that they do not line up symmetrically. 5 edges is the trick, I tried 8 bumps the first time and that is too much. After gluing down 4 petals on 1 layer, then make a second layer on top with another 4 petals. Roll the 9th petal for center, snip off the tip so it is not too tall (about 1/8-1/4″) and put puddle of glue in center and push down with finger. Then glue closest edge of outer petals up to the center rolled piece to add dimension.
Video I watched to learn how to do this:
This shabby layered flower is perfect for any patriotic holiday. It is also one of my most popular bows I sell on Etsy. It’s one of the flowers though, that I absolutely LOVED the first time I made it, and now I’m having a hard time getting it to be exactly the same again because I never wrote down the measurements the first time, ugh. Also I ran out of my favorite material, that was a gift from my aunt, and is probably 20 years old, because I can’t find exactly the same kind anywhere. I bought 3 very expensive similar yards instead.
2.25″ flat toothed alligator clip
Non slip grip
Red material: 4 flowers, 3.25″ diameter, 5 petals
White material: 4 flowers, 2.75″ diameter, 5 petals
Blue with stars: 4 flowers, 2″, 5 petals
NOTE: another note I found shows the following different measurements
- red uses 3 1/2″ flower
- white uses 3″ flower
- blue with stars uses 2 1/4″ flower
I cut out a strip of red material 3 5/8 inches wide using the 3 5/8 inches Square template to fold it over. Then I traced the 3 1/2″ flower on, slid the template out and then cut out the flower.
First I roll all four colors in my hands to get them squished up a little bit. Then I roll one to time for a few seconds to get them a little shabby. The longer you roll the shabbier they look.
Second layer, which is the white layer, I used the two and three quarters 2 3/4″ inch flower template.
When folding the bigger 2 layers of petals, hold two petals up to up to meet in the middle of one pedal and then folded in together. However leave the side facing you slightly more towards the left so you have a flower petal bigger than 90 degrees. That will help close up any gaps.
For the blue with white stars later, I used the 2 inch template. Try to make these petals exactly 90° when folded since they are the top player. Since they are smaller petals they’re much easier to line up at 90 degrees.
Top with an 18 millimeter rhinestone, and choice of back.
When comparing the old flower clip to the new flower clip it appears that maybe the biggest layer was a bit smaller than three and a half inches, maybe three and a quarter inches and the white layer may have been two and a half inches. But the 2-inch Center looks appropriate.
Layer beginning with felt circle on bottom
Ribbon Flower, 2 Layer
Inner Layer (3) 6″ of aqua
Outer Layer (3) 8″ of white