How to make a silk ribbon pansy

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How to make a silk ribbon pansy
You can make an artificial pansy with silk ribbon and some simple stitching. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The charming pansy flower is a spring favourite. By making artificial pansies from violet and yellow ribbon, the flower can serve as a long-lasting decoration on an Easter bonnet or headband. Or, you could attach the silk pansies to a natural branch with a hot glue gun for a spectacular centrepiece. By placing the branch in a decorative vase and hanging some miniature dyed eggs from loops of ribbon, you will create an elegant addition to the dining table or buffet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2-inch-wide violet or yellow silk ribbon, 24 inches long
  • Size 9 sewing needle
  • Violet or yellow thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Thread the needle with the thread and knot one end.

  2. 2

    Sew a line of 1/4-inch-long basting stitches along one long edge of the ribbon, 1/4 inch from the ribbon edge.

  3. 3

    Draw up the thread to create a 12-inch-long gathered length of ribbon.

  4. 4

    Fold over the end closest to the needle at a right angle and take two small stitches to secure the centre of the pansy flower.

  5. 5

    Spiral the gathered ribbon around the centre, securing the pansy petal loops with small stitches every 2 inches. Secure the ribbon end to the back of the completed pansy with small stitches.

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