It took me a couple of experiments to get this ribbon flower right since the tutorials I found on a photo shared by a friend on Facebook have very little directions and pictures with them. To save you time and frustration, here is my version of the ribbon medallion flower…of course with my Jewel Box Ballerina twist.
Ribbon (I used 1 1/2 inches wide x 42 inches long) – For a 1 inch wide headband, use 28 inches of ribbon
Needle w/ Coordinating Thread (I used white for demonstrative purposes
Flat Nosed Pliers (optional)
Before you start, heat seal both ends of the ribbon with your lighter to keep the ribbon from fraying.
Fold the ribbon going to the front. The edge of the folded ribbon should have a square shape.
Start folding the rest of the ribbon like an accordion. You don’t need your folds to have uniform sizes. Some would really turn out to be longer than the others.
You can use an alligator clip to secure your previous folds. One of my frustrations is my ribbon slipping from my fingers, ruining the folds that I have made.
Create 14 folds / loops. It is best to just count the folds on one side.
Evenly level the sides of your ribbon by pushing them with your fingers.
Put back the alligator clip.
Stitch the ribbon a few millimiters from one of it’s sides while keeping is a quarter of the length of the folded ribbon. If it is difficult to get the needle through the the thick folds of the ribbon, you should try pushing the ribbon down through the needle while the needle is standing up on your worktable.
You can use a flat nosed pliers in order to pull the needle out.
Join both ends of the folded ribbons. Pull the thread tightly.
Carefully flatten the folds into a spiral with your fingers.
Arrange the folds properly.
Sew on your bead embellishments.
Knot your thread at the back to finish.