These two sweet, lovely ribbon bracelets are so romantic and very easy to make.
Just in time for Valentine's you can either make them for yourself or give them to a friend.
With just a bit of ribbon, some glue, velcro strips, and a few stitches they are made quite quickly.
I originally designed them for a craft to do during one of my
daughter's sleep-overs and the girls were delighted with them.
While I show how to do them with satin ribbon they look equally as pretty if done in a sheer ribbon. You can make them in larger sizes as well but you will have to adjust the measurements.
These would also be very sweet as an accessory for a flower girl or bridesmaid.
For the ribbon rose bracelet I used a satin ribbon 5/8 inches wide.
You will need a ribbon minimum 22 inches long or longer. You will not be using all of the ribbon.
With the shiny side up measure out 11 inches and fold the ribbon at a 90 degree angle downward with the dull side up.
Take the ribbon on the right and cross it over so it is now on the left.
Take the ribbon on the bottom and cross it over to the top. You will be holding the center where you are crossing over the ribbons so it stays in a square shapel
Repeat this 17 more times. When you are finished both ribbons should have the shiny side up. Holding together where the ribbons meet you can let go of the square and it will expand out.
Holding the base firmly take the long end of the ribbon and gently pull so you start coiling up the ribbon into a rose.
If things go wrong or you pull on the wrong end of the ribbon just start again.
You will end up with a rose, like the one shown here. You might have to fluff it out a bit.
When the rose looks the way you want turn to the back and with a thread the same color as the ribbon put in a few stitches. (I did this in black so you could see it.)
Iron out the ends. Measure your wrist and add 2 inches. You are going to turn over the ends 3/4 of an inch but try it on your wrist before you cut the ribbon. The ends should over lap each other by about 1/2 and inch.
Iron the ends over 3/4 of and inch. Using fabric glue (I just used a glue stick) glue the ends down.
Using velcro dots or squares (I cut these from a roll that I had, again I am showing them in black so you can see them, you should use white.) Placing one on the top and the other on the bottom of the ends of your bracelet.
If at any point it doesn't seem to be going right it is easy to unravel the rose, iron out the ribbon and start again.
For such a simple technique I think that the end results is charming.
The Bow Ribbon Bracelet is even simpler. Measure your wrist and using the same 5/8 inch wide ribbon cut a piece of ribbon 2 inch longer than your wrist.
You are going to fold over the edges 3/4 of an inch and the bracelet should still be long enough that it can overlap itself by about 1/2 an inch. As in the bracelet above iron over the ends and glue them down. You will then add the velcro to the top of one end and the bottom of the other end of your bracelet.
To make the bow take about 36 inches of ribbon and leaving a tail of about 2 or 3 inches make a loop about 2 inches long and gather in your fingers.
Make another loop on the bottom the same length.
Here it shows making two more loops. You will be making 3 loops on either side.
(To see a full tutorial on how to make this bow, called a florist bow, read How to Make a Florist Bow ).
Holding the middle very tightly secure it with a twist tie.
Take a piece of ribbon about 7 inches long and use it to tie the bow to the bracelet. Secure it in the back with a few stitches.
I cut all the ends in a bird's beak.
Simple to make and so romantic looking. The ribbon bow bracelet can fancy up a long sleeved blouse especially if you make one for each wrist.
While I showed these in pretty pink they look elegant in white and stunning in red.
I hope you enjoy making them.
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