How to make ribbon rosettes for baby bonnets

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How to make ribbon rosettes for baby bonnets
Colour choice is an important factor in rosette design. (Lana-Light/iStock/Getty Images)

Ribbon rosettes are made of long pieces of ribbon that are rolled up in a way that creates a roselike appearance. Ribbon rosettes are used in many craft and sewing projects from clothing, accessories and even pillows and bedding. Making a ribbon rosette for a baby bonnet is done in the same fashion as making any other ribbon rosette. The main difference is that a smaller width ribbon is used so that a smaller rosette is created.

Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wire-edge ribbon, 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Lay a ruler out on a flat surface and place the wire edged ribbon next to it. Stretch the ribbon out to measure a 30 cm (12 inch) length, and cut the ribbon with scissors.

  2. 2

    Tie a knot in one end of the ribbon as close to the end as possible.

  3. 3

    Grasp the other end of the ribbon and pull the edge of the fabric back slightly to expose the metal wire. You may need needle-nose pliers to help you access the wire.

  4. 4

    Grasp the wire in one hand and use the other hand to push the fabric toward the knotted end. This creates a slight curl in the ribbon which greatly enhances the appearance of the rosette.

  5. 5

    Place the knotted end of the ribbon around a pencil. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the pencil two or three times until a tight centre roll forms. Each wrap should sit just slightly above the previous wrap, thus creating a spiral appearance.

  6. 6

    Slide the ribbon off of the pencil and continue wrapping the ribbon around the centre until no ribbon remains loose.

  7. 7

    Wrap the exposed wire around the bottom base of the flower several times to secure the flower. Cut off any excess wire using the scissors.

  8. 8

    Turn the rosette over. Press down gently on the edges of the ribbon to mould it into the desired shape.

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