Patriotic 3 Layer Shabby Flower

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. There are some comparison photos so you can see, I got it as close as possible.  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.
Date Created: Summer 2014
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 20 minutes
Pricing: $5 +
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Materials Needed:
  • Red material
  • White material
  • Blue with stars
  • 18mm rhinestone
  • 2.25″ flat toothed alligator clip
  • Non slip grip
  • Felt
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 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
  • Felt: 1.25″ circle
 
Instructions:
  • I cut out a strip of red material 3 5/8″ wide using the 3 5/8″ 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 shabbier. The longer you roll the shabbier they look.
  • Second layer, which is the white layer, I used the 2 3/4″ flower template.
  • When folding the bigger 2 layers of petals, hold two petals up to up to meet in the middle of one petal and then fold 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″template. Try to make these petals exactly 90° when folded since they are the top layer. 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 mount.

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When comparing the old flower clip to the new flower clip, it appears that maybe the biggest layer was a bit smaller than 3 1/2″, maybe 3 1/4″ and the white layer may have been 2 1/2″. But the 2″ top layer looks appropriate.  New one on left, old one on right.Picture (10).jpg

Christmas Wreath Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 11/12/15
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Price: $5 (only because once you get better at making the military braid, you can make them much more quickly)
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Materials Needed:
  • 1/4″ green grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ red grosgrain ribbon (or any color for bow on wreath)
  • 6mm red or colored jewels for embellishment
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 40″ of 1/4″ green
  • 5″ of red for bow
  • 4.5″ of red for clip liner
Instructions:
  • I followed my purchased instructions for Turtle Ribbon Sculpture by Ella Bella Bows for military braid.
Notes:
Make on hair clip, magnet, pin or ornament for tree.
10/9/16: Tried again with the shiny 1/4″ satin and measurements were perfect. Also used 6mm lighter red jewels and 4 1/2″ of the red polka dot ribbon for both the clip liner and bow.
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Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip (2015 Version)

I first made ribbon sculpture turkeys in 2014.  The feathers were very large, so this year I scaled them back and bit and modified the placement of the feather.  I also changed the way I placed the beak and eyes on the face.  These little turkeys are so popular and you can have so much fun choosing different colors for the feathers!
Date Created: 2015
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 30+ minutes
Pricing: $8.00 +
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8′ ribbon in brown, red, orange and then various colors or prints for feathers
  • 1 3/4″ salon clip
  • (2) x 10mm googly eyes
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • lighter
Measurements: See photo below of measured and cut pieces (and what the pieces are for)
Brown
  • 7″ for head and body, head folded up to mark at 3″
  • 3 1/2″ for first inner body loop
  • 2 1/2″ for second inner body loop
  • 3/4″ for back of head to close hole
  • 4 1/2″ for vertical clip liner
Orange
  • 3/4″ for beak, cut to triangle
Red
  • 1″ for gobbler (1 piece can make 2 gobblers cut wavy from corner to corner)
Polka Dot (various colors)
  • (5) 3 1/2″ for feathers
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Instructional Video:
Optional:
2″ for tiny bow tie hair bow
3/4″ of 1/8″ ribbon to wrap over center thread of bow, or accent with a rhinestone

Stacked Red & White Christmas Bow

This bow has a boutique bow stacked on a pinwheel bow.  I love the height of the boutique on top!

Bottom Bow: Pinwheel with no tails

18″ of 1 1/2″ red (only needed 17″) folded on 3 1/2″ template

Top Bow: Boutiques with no tails, infinity fold

16″ of 7/8″ white

Center: 7/8″ red glitter, folded outside in to meet in back to make it closer to 3/8″ and glued down, then wrapped center.

Mount on 60mm french clip lined in 3/8″ red

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Witch Hat 3D Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 10/6/2014
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes?
Pricing: $5+ depending on materials and embellishments
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Materials Needed:
  • 2 1/4″ black ribbon
  • 1/4″ black ribbon
  • 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • cardboard or plastic to create templates
  • template to trace for hat circle and cone
  • light colored pencil for marking black ribbon
  • needle and black thread
  • 1 3/4″ single prong salon clip aka alligator clip
  • non-slip grip like Silly Grip
  • hot glue gun
  • lighter
  • protective heat mat
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 2 1/4″ of 2 1/4″ black ribbon for round hat bottom
  • 3″ of 2 1/4″ black ribbon for hat cone
  • 5″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon for bow, cut edges into V shape
  • 3/4″ of 1/4″ black ribbon for bow center wrap
  • 3 1/2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon for hat wrap, cut edges at 30% slant up
  • 4 1/2″ of  3/8″ Halloween ribbon for alligator clip liner
 
Instructions:
  • These are very general instructions, so I hope to be posting a video with more detail as soon as I can.
  • Trace templates for circle and cone onto the pieces of 2 1/4″ black ribbon using a white chalk pencil or light colored pencil so you can see where to cut it.
  • Cut out circle and cone, and heat seal all edges.
  • Wrap cone piece into cone shape and glue into place. (I’ll be making a video shortly showing how to do this, it is a little tricky.)
  • Use scissors if necessary to even out bottom of hat so it will sit flat on the circle, just make sure there are no bumps.
  • Starting in the back of the hat on the crease, glue the 3 1/2″ piece of Halloween ribbon to the hat with 1 dot.  It will still be sticking out on both sides.
  • 1 side at a time, add a little glue and adhere, wrapping it around to the front.  It will not all go on, it will slant down, and you will cut off the excess afterwards.
  • Cut off excess from wrap.
  • As evenly and quickly as possible, line glue around the entire circular bottom of hat cone and then center and stick onto hat circle before it dries.
  • Make bow, and glue onto center front of hat where points of hat wrap meet, thus covering that part up.
  • Finally, determine which way your hat will face and glue onto a ribbon lined alligator clip.

Witch Hat Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 2014
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 20 minutes
Pricing: $5 +
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Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ Halloween print grosgrain ribbon

Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)

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  • Cone: 1 1/4″ of 7/8″ black ribbon
  • Hat belt: 1 3/4″of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • Brim:  2″ of 3/8″ black ribbon
  • Bow wrap: 3/4″ of 1/8″ black ribbon
  • Mini BowTie : 2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • Clip Liner: 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
Quick Instructions:
  • Fold 7/8″ ribbon into cone shape and glue folds in.
  • Glue hat belt onto cone with slight overlap.
  • Round ends of the black brim using lighter, then using slight overlap, glue onto hat belt.
  • Determine which way the hat will face, left or right and make bow tie and glue on.
  • Attach bow to ribbon lined clip.

Video Tutorial (sorry no sound):

Other Halloween ribbon patterns to consider.  Check EBAY for great prices on ribbon.

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Layered Fabric Flower

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.
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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:
Another YouTube Video shows a neater way to fold the petals for even more texture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gecQrb1fzIk&feature=player_embedded
More Examples:

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