A ribbon corsage is a charming way to dress up an outfit or to recognise a guest of honour at a party or gathering. Consider presenting a ribbon corsage to a teacher as a show of appreciation for the extra effort she put into a project. A corsage made with pink and blue ribbon would be a cute accessory for the mother-to-be at a baby shower. Because traditional corsages are made with flowers, this ribbon corsage is based around a ribbon flower in the centre.
Cut one 14-inch length of 1 ½-inch wire-edge ribbon. With a threaded needle, make running stitches along one edge of the ribbon. Running stitches are made by pushing the needle in and out through the ribbon in a straight line. Push the ribbon along the thread to gather the edge together. Make a few stitches to secure the ends. Do not clip the thread.
Bunch together the edge of the ribbon that is not sewn. At a point 1/4 inch in from the gathered, sewn edge, wrap the thread securely four times around the base. Knot and clip the thread. This creates a flower bud. See Fig. 1.
Cut three 36-inch lengths of 1/4-inch ribbon. Sew the end of the first ribbon to the base of the flower bud. Make 3- to 4-inch loops with the ribbon all around the flower bud base, securing each loop with a few stitches to the base. See Fig. 2. Leave an approximately 4-inch tail of ribbon hanging down. Repeat for each of the other ribbons.
Pull open the gathers of the flower bud slightly to create the centre flower.
Secure the corsage to clothing with a long, large-head straight pin.
Tips and warnings
- Secure the corsage to clothing with a long, large-head straight pin.