Monday, 19 September 2016

Floral Wreath - Ribbon Flowers

Hey Friends,

Let me welcome you all back to yet another DT tutorial on Ribbon Flowers for Itsy Bitsy.

Its festive time all around the world. The time when we beautify our home to welcome our loved ones. So today’s post is related to a home decor project – A floral Wreath.

So let’s get started with this beautiful project...

For the flowers, buds & leaves we would require different length ribbons from 1Inch satin ribbon pack – Citrus.

Pollen stems, Calyx & Pearl filler

Before we start with main flowers let us first prepare the various parts of it we would require.

1.       To prepare pollen stems we require Flower making green stem & white glass pollen bunches. Make a small loop on one end of the green wire as shown in the picture above & use only half of the pollen bunch for one stem.
2.       Gather both ends of the pollen on one side and place the looped end of the green wire between then. Now tie them with a thread to make pollen stems.
3.       For the calyx, cut the shape shown in the picture above out of the mint green Ribbon.
4.       Seal the edges of the calyx using a T-light candle.
5.       For pearl fillers we require Flower making silver stem & white plastic pearls 6mm. Add a pearl to the wire and then twist the wire 5-6 times. Then again add a pearl and repeat.
6.       Make 10-12 pearls fillers of different sizes. Make few with 4 pearls, few with 5 and some with 6 pearls.

Ribbon length for the flower petals – 5.5 cms.

1.       Take 2 pcs of 5.5 cms ribbon. Cut them diagonally; one of them from bottom left – top right corner & the other one from bottom right – top left corner. Refer the picture above. Out of these 4 cut pcs we can make 2 petals. Use both the ‘A’ parts to make one petal and ‘B’ part for the other. Thus to make 5 petals we will need 6 pcs of ribbon.
2.       Hold both the ‘A’ pcs back to back (wrong side of the ribbon inside) and match the edges. Now using a straight tweezer hold the diagonal edges together and seal them using a T-light candle. Do not run the edge through the flame, just run it near the flame.
3.       By sealing both the diagonal edges together, both the pcs are attached together to form a petal like shown in the picture above.
4.       Seal the bottom edges using a T-light candle.
5.       Now using a needle and thread stitch (Running stitch) the bottom edge as shown in the picture above. Pull the thread to gather the bottom and fix the thread with a knot.
6.       Now holding the correct side to the candle flame, curl the top point of the petal. Hold the petal much above the flame. The ribbon will bend the moment it catches a little heat. At that point shape the petal as desired with your fingers.
7.       Finally the petal will look like this.

Assembling the flower

8.       Once the petals are ready, using a hot glue gun start attaching them.
9.       Attach each petal only at the bottom 1/3 part.
10.   Each flower is of 5 petals.
11.    Glue down the 5th and the 1st petal and pass the pollen stem through the flower. Attach the stem using glue gun.
12.   Add around 5-6 calyx and finally finish the flower by attaching a bead cap. We can also use a flower cap.
Make around 10 – 12 flower in different colour (Light Yellow, Golden Yellow & Orange) from the ribbon pack.

Ribbon length for the bud petals  – 3.5 cms. Follow steps 1-7 of flower petals to make bud petals. Each bud requires 3 petals.

Assembling the bud

1.       Make the centre of the bud using white plastic pearl 14mm & Flower making green stem. Attach the pearl to the wire as shown in the picture above.
2.       Then using hot glue gun stick each petal to the pearl.
3.       A bud is made using 3 petals.
4.       Add around 6 – 8 calyx and finally finish the bud by attaching a bead cap.

Ribbon length for the leaves  – 7 cms. Follow steps 1-7 of flower petals to make each leaf.

For the wreath we require an old carton box, burlap cordGesso and Golden Ribbon.

1.       To make the base of the wreath, cut an old carton box to a 12” circle and then 10” circle within the bigger one. You can also use a 2mm Chipboard to make this wreath. to add more strength to the base you can double it.
2.       Once the ring is ready paint the base with white gesso.
3.       Now cover the wreath base with burlap cord. I had left some space at regular intervals. The burlap cord is made into a braid and then stuck to the base. This gives the cord a little volume and texture.
4.       To cover up the gaps a 6mm golden tissue ribbon is required.

Lastly arrange the flowers, buds & leaves on the wreath and pearl fillers to cover empty spaces and Taddaaa.....

Hope you all liked this tutorial. Do share your creations on our facebook page Itsy Bitsy Crafters Cafe with #madewithitsybitsy and leave some love below. For some more tutorials on Ribbon flowers you can check my previous post here.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Ribbon Flower Hair Accessories

Hello Friends

Ribbon flowers have always been a crafter's favourite. They enhance the look of your projects. One of the best ways of using these ribbon flowers is in hair accessories.... Today I'm sharing how to make some of my personal favourite ribbon flowers on the Itsy Bitsy blog as a DT Inspiration and will use them in making some hair accessories.


For this beautiful Hairband I have used different size satin ribbonsrhinestonefelt sheet, an old hairband (from my stash of hair accessories) & Itsy Bitsy's Silicon Glue (This glue saved me from using the hot glue gun for these accessories. I absolutely fell in love with it).

Lets start with the flower first. For the flower I have used:

Using a T-light candle I had sealed both the ends of all the ribbon pieces. Next I started shaping each petal.

1.     Keeping the wrong side of the ribbon facing up, I folded the ribbon into 90° downwards from the centre.
2.     Next I folded the A end and placed it on the B end as shown above.
3.     Then folded the corners inside partially overlapping each other.
4.    Lastly I held these folds securely with a straight tweezer and sealed the bottom edge using a T-light candle. ( just move the edge near the flame and not into the flame. Repeat till all the folds melt and stick to each other. While doing so make sure the edge is not burnt or the ribbon does not turn black).
5.     Front look of the petal once the edge was sealed.
6.     Backside of the petal.
7.     I repeated the same process for all the ribbon pieces cut.

Next comes the assembling of the petals to form the flower. Every petal is stuck to the base using Itsy Bitsy’s Silicon glue.

1.     I used a 4cms cardstock circle for the base. Then start arranging the dark pink petal. The 1st layer had 11 dark pink petals which I stuck to edge of the circle.
2.     The 2nd layer was again of dark pink petal. This time I stuck 9 petals slightly inner than the 1st layer.
3.     3rd layer had 7 - 1” light pink petals and 4th layer had 5 – 1” light pink petals.
4.     5th layer had 5 – ½” light pink petals. Lastly I added a big rhinestone in the center.

Taada!!! And the flower was ready...

Now lets see how I did the ribbon weaving on the Hairband. For the ribbon weaving I used ½” white ribbon – approx 5mtrs (the length on the ribbon may vary depending on the hairband size).

1.     I started the weaving from both the ends of the ribbon and named them as left ribbon & right ribbon. Made a ½” loop on the right ribbon. (The loop size will depend on your ribbon size.)
2.     Then made a loop on the left ribbon and passed it through the right loop.
3.     Next made a loop on the right ribbon and then passed it through the left loop.
4.     Then pulled the left ribbon to tighten the loop.
5.     To secure the entire weaving I turned it around and using silicon glue stuck the ribbon at the point the needle is inserted in the picture above. Once the silicon glue was dry, I snapped off the extra ribbon end seen below the needle.
6.     After the weaving was secure it looked like this.
7.    Then turned the entire weaving to the front and made a loop on the left ribbon and passed it through the right ribbon loop. Then pulled the right ribbon to tighten the loop. Step 3, 4 & 7 were repeated till I got the desired length of the weave. The length depends on the hairband size.

8.     The ribbon weaving looked like this.
9.     Once the desired length of the weaving was achieved, I secured the right ribbon end by sticking the ribbon at the point the needle is shown in the picture above.
10. Then the left ribbon end was secured at the back of the weaving at the point the needle is showing in the picture above. Once the glue was dry I snapped off the extra loop.
11. Finally the weaving was secured and the end looked like this.
12. Lastly I adhered the ribbon weaving to the hairband using Itsy Bitsy’s Silicon Glue and then adhered the flower to the hairband at the desired place.

Brooch Pin & Hair Clip

For this set of brooch pin & Hair clip I have used the beautiful Teal & light green colour 1” satin ribbonpearlsfelt sheetbarrette clip 85mm x 10mmsaree brooch pin and the amazing Silicon glue.

Lets check out how these flowers were formed.

1.     I started by covering the Saree brooch clip with felt sheet.
2.     Same I did with the barrette clip. Wrapped it with felt sheet in & out
3.     Next I took 1” light green satin ribbon and sealed its edge using a T-light candle. Then folded the ribbon edge diagonally as shown in the picture above and cut it at the inside edge. This gave me a square. I needed 5 such squares as the flower has 5 petals.
4.      Here I took each square & folded it diagonally.
5.     Then holding the ribbon as in picture 4, I made the right corner to meet the top centre point and sealed this edge using T-light candle.
6.     Repeated the same with the other corner.
7.     Lastly folded the petal backward and holding it with the tweezer as shown in the picture above, sealed the bottom corner from behind. It looked like pinched from the front.
The same process was used to make 15 Teal colour petals. Once all the petals were ready I assembled each flower with 5 petal on a small cardstock circle with silicon glue and then stuck 1 teal flower on the saree brooch pin and 3 flowers on the barrette clip.

Hair Ponytail Band

This is my personal favourite out of all the hair accessories. The ribbon rose is just so beautiful and very easy to make. I have used 1” Sky Blue colour satin ribbon, white lace (from my Stash), green gross grain ribbonpearl, black ponytail band (from my hair accessories stash), needlethread and the best Silicon glue.

Lets see how this beauty is created.

1.     I started by folding the right bottom corner to the upper edge and then using a straight tweezer coiled the corner upto ½”.
2.     Holding the coiled edge I started stitching (running stitch) the upper edge upto the folded corner.
3.     Once the upper edge was secure with the running stitch, I folded the ribbon backward along the vertical edge.
4.     And then the new formed edge was again folded diagonally as in step 1 to meet the upper edge.
5.     Again I secured this open edge by running stitch.
6.     I continued doing step 3 & 4 few more times and then slowly pulled the thread from the starting point against the ribbon to form gathered petals as in the picture above.
7.     Again I repeated steps 3 – 6 till I achieved desired no of petals for the Rose. The last petal was then secured by a knot and the extra ribbon was cut. Lastly I started coiling the rose with my hand from the beginning point making sure that the base is flat and not conical. The last petal was secured using silicon glue.

Now let’s assemble the entire band.

8.     To give a base to the ribbon rose I had used a white cotton lace from my stash. I started with running stitch on the upper edge.
9.     Once the desired length was achieved, I pulled the thread from the beginning point and formed a gathered flower. The end edge was stitched to secure it.
10. I had used the green gross grain ribbon to give a contrast colour and look of leaves. Just made simple loops as shown in the picture above and stuck all the layers in the centre using silicon glue.
11. The white lace flower & the green loops where then stitched to the black band. A pearl was used inside the black band behind the white lace flower to secure the stitch. This helped in avoiding the stitch to come off by fraying the band off.

Mini Hair Clip

For this cute little hair clip I have used satin ribbons - 1” dark pink, 1” dark green, ½” light pink, pollenspearlsmini barrette clip 50mm x 5mmfeltsheet and Silicon glue.

So lets see how the clip was made.

For the Light pink flower I have used ½” ribbon and the same technique of Ribbon Rose as discussed above. The ribbon size being small it looks a little different from the rose. Had also covered the mini barrette clip with brown felt sheet.

For the buds I have used 1” Dark pink ribbon.

1.     I cut a square out of the 1” dark pink ribbon. Sealed the edges using a T-light candle.
2.     Then folded it diagonally.
3.     Again folded it diagonally to get a smaller triangle.
4.     Now holding the ribbon as shown in the above picture, I started coiling from right corner to the left corner. I maintained the bottom edge to be flat. Finally secured the end point with silicon glue.
5.     Next i added yellow pollens to the bud using silicon glue again.
6.     For fillers I made pearl stems using wire.

For the leaves I have used 1” dark green satin ribbon.

7.     I cut 2 pcs of 6 cms long 1” dark green satin ribbon.
8.     Then keeping the wrong side of the ribbon facing up, folded the top corners to the bottom edge and then secured them by running stitch. Then pulled the thread against the ribbon to gather the bottom edge and secured it by a knot.
9.     Lastly from the front using a straight tweezer I pinched the top and stuck it using a T-light candle.
10. Finished Leaf.

Finally for assembling the clip I used silicon glue to stick the flowers, then leaves, buds and lastly pearl fillers. Refer the picture above.

All these ribbon flowers can be varied in size using different size ribbons. 

Supplies Used
1. Satin Ribbon Packs - 6mm White
                                 - 1" Girly
                                 - 1/2" Girly
                                 - 1" Earth Tones
                                 - 1.5" Ocean
                                 - Green Gross grain ribbon
2. Assorted Rhinestones
3. Barrette clip 85mm x 10mm
4. Barrette clip 50mm x 5mm
5. Saree brooch pin
6. Pollens
7. Pearls
8. Felt sheet
9. Needle
10. Thread
11. Silicon glue

I hope you all liked the super long tutorial. Do leave some love below.

Love Gopi

Monday, 15 August 2016

Butterfly Tag

Hello  & Good Morning!!!

Firstly wish you all Happy Independence Day...

Today’s project is again an Itsy Bitsy DT inspiration which showcases few wonderful products available at Itsy Bitsy – Studio G Markers, Kraft Embellishments, Clear Stamps & Cardstock

So lets get started...

I have used Kraft CS & White CS for the base of the tag. Kraft CS size: 3 ¼’ x 6 ¼’ and the white CS size: 3’ x 6’.
Firstly I scribbled the Pink & Wine (just 2-3 strokes) markers on my craft sheet and mist water to it. 

Then laid the white cardstock into the colour and made sure the entire tag is coloured pink. Lastly used the hest gun to dry the colour.

The same process was repeated using the YellowForest & MidNight marker and heat set after every layer.

Next, using a script clear stamp (from my stash) & blackarchival, I randomly stamped the tag.
Then using the Script stencil added a little more element to the tag. This was done by scribbling the marker on the craft sheet and using a felt piece picked the colour and apply it to the tag through the stencil.

Thereafter white gesso was sprinkled using a painting brush.

The edges of the tag were distressed using a scissor and highlighted with the yellow marker.

The sentiment used is from the the clear stamp set - Love Sentiments and was stamped using black archival ink. Each word was then cut and edged using the light pick marker.

The tag was then attached to the Kraft CS base using tacky tapes. To embellish the tag, kraft embellishment – glitter butterflies was used.

While sticking the butterflies, golden thread is used to highlight the tag. 

Lastly sentiments were added to the tag using double sided tape.

To give a finishing touch to the tag, a coordinating ribbon along with the golden thread is attached.

Overall it was such a fun creating this tag. The studio Gmarkers are very smooth to use. They come in 2 variants – Bullet tip (thick & strong tip) & Brush tip (soft)

Do try out the products and the techniques used here and post your creations.

Material Used:
Studio g Markers - PinkWineYellowMidNightForest
Kraft CS

Happy Crafting!!!

Monday, 1 August 2016

A Starry Stitch Mini

Hello & Good Morning...
Today I will be sharing a cute little Mini Album with a beautiful binding technique. I call this mini album ‘A Starry Stitch Mini’. This project is made for Itsy Bitsy DT inspiration...

The look of the spine is totally inspired from an International crafter Stacy Koo of Doraecyscraps. You can check out her creations here.

So lets get started...

Front & Back Cover and Spine: 
I have cut the chipboards to the desired size and then painted all the 3 pieces with white gesso on both the sides & edges and let it air dry for few hours. Another way is to cover the chipboards with white cardstock.
Chipboard Sizes:
For the front & back cover – 5” x 6”
For the spine – 2 1/2” x 6”

Mat the covers & spine with pattern papers. I have used Love Notes Paper Pad by We R Memory Keepers. It is a wonderful paper collection, perfect for expressing love & care.
Pattern Paper Sizes:
For the front & back cover – 4 7/8” x 5 7/8” (inside & Outside)
For the spine -  2 1/2” x 6” (only Outside)
I have used the Scrapbooking glue to adhere the PP to the Spine so its easy to pierce holes through it.

To give a subtle look to my cover I have further mat it using Vellum. Vellum being translucent, it is always tricky to adhere it as the adhesive is visible from the front. So the best way out is to first embellish it and then glue it by hiding the adhesive behind the embellishments. The embellishments I have used are shaped chipboard, resin frame, butterfly from the handmade flowers pack & pearls.

Chipboard Trick: The floral branches on the cover have been created using a single pack of shaped chipboard. This is the trick. Firstly I trimmed out the branches from the tree. Then soaked each piece for about 15-20 seconds i water and immediately dried it on a paper towel. Then while the chipboard still wet, peel the layers carefully without breaking it. Here I have peeled it into 3 layers. Lastly keep it aside for drying. You can also heat dry it to speed up the process.
Once dry, apply gesso & then paint the pieces with acrylic colours.

Front Cover

A binding is the most integral part of any mini album. For this album I have used a stitching technique to bind all the pages. Stacy Koo calls this a Double Star Stitch.
Once the spine chipboard was ready after sticking the PP, I pierced holes using the piercing tool from the Deluxe Paper Crafting Tool Box.

For the hinges I have used white CS.  Size:  2 1/2” x 6”  Score @ 1” &  1 1/2”. Both the sides of the hinge was punched using a border punch. We need 5 such hinges.

For binding i have used American Craft Hemp Twine and a Needle. I started the binding from the last hole in the middle column. Holding the hinge behind the spine and matching the holes, pass the twine throught the hole. Then follow the diagram & instructions given below. Keep attaching the hinge from behind when u pass through a hole in the respective column.

For the pages I have used White cardstock. Size: 4 7/8” x 6”. Mat the pages with pattern papers from Love Notes Paper Pad by We R Memory Keepers. We need 4 such pages.

Once the pages are ready, attach them between two hinges.

To embellish the pages, I have cut two frames out of the white CS, drew stitched border using a red pen and adhered them using double sided foam tape. The bottom frame has the top side open to slide a photo in it. Topped it with a flower from the Itsy Bitsy – Little Birdie Mini Embellishments Pack. The Inspirational quotes were printed on the white CS and then to strips. The American Craft Premium ‘XOXO’ ribbon was given stiffness by attaching a strip of CS behind.

The Quote wheel on the inside of the covers are again print & cut and the layers with CS, Pattern Paper & flowers.

Finally the pages look beautiful...

Supplies Used:

Hope the tutorial will be helpful. Trust me you’ll enjoy this binding as much as I did. Would love to see your version... Thanks for all the patience while reading through this super long post. Do leave some lovely comments...
Happy Binding!!!