Tutorial: how to make a ric-rac flower

There are few stash supplies in the world more versatile with ric-rac. If you think it's just for jazzing up card borders and stitching beautiful edging, think again! We'll show you how to turn a simple length into a flower-powerful embellishment.
This week we've loving all things textured - from reams of ribbon to funky fur to tempting trims. Lyndsey's planning a spot of pom-pom making this weekend, so I wanted to get in on the making action and try some textured treats of my own. Here's how it's done...

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1 Stitch along a length of ric-rac

Cut a length of ric-rac so you have about 17 points along the length. Make a small running stitch along one edge of the ric-rac. Repeat this process along the whole length.

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2 Pull & gather

Now hold the thread in your right hand and pull togather the ric-rac, as shown in our picture above, to create a pretty petal effect. You’ll need to pull it quite tight.

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3 Ta da!

Arrange your gathered ric-rac into a flower shape and hold in place with a couple of stitches behind the flower front. For a nice finishing touch, add a small button in the middle.

Big thanks to our friends on PaperCraft inspirations magazine for lending us their expertise for this tutorial. Check out their blog for more step-by-step projects.

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