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31 Crafty Flowers Day Seven - Repurposed Magnet Flowers

31 Crafty Flowers Day Six - Ribbon Geraniums

Get  your kicks - on day six!

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Welcome to the second week of 31 crafty flowers in 31 days!

Today's crafty flower is so simple you'll be making dozens of these for all kinds of projects!  It's the ribbon geranium.

Here's what you need to begin:
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-Pink, Red, and Green ribbon in varying lengths and widths
-Needle and Thread
-Fabric or cardstock to create a project

Step One

Choose the ribbon you want to create your flowers with.

The longer and wider the ribbon the larger the flower you'll have. 

I used 11/2 inch and 2" wide ribbon at about 8-10 inches long for my large flowers and about 11/2 to 2 inches long for the small flowers and leaves.

(Ribbons less than half an inch wide don't work very well for this particular flower)

I'm using a light ribbon and contrasting thread here so that you can see the stitches, but you'll want to choose matching thread for your flowers.

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To make the flower take a long, loose gathering stitch down the center of your ribbon.

Step Two

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When you get to the end, gently pull the thread so the ribbon begins to gather.  Play with the ribbon as you pull to create a shape that you like.

When you're finished your ribbon should look something like this:

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Take a quick stitch at the end to hold the ribbon in place.

StepThree

To make the leaves you can use the exact same stitch:

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Or for a more rounded leaf you can try this:

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Fold your ribbon in half.

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Stitch along the bottom (where the two sides meet).

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Gather the ribbon into a petal shape.

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That's it!

Once you've gathered enough flowers and leaves you can create a pot of geraniums like this!

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I just used a little piece of gingham fabric and a strip of ribbon to create the pot.  You could sew this to a t-shirt or a tote bag or pillow!

If you're more the paper type you could make the pot from patterned paper and make a gorgeous card or even frame it for a pretty kitchen picture!

Have fun making these and be sure to send me links to your photos if you'd like to be included in the gallery!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

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See you tomorrow with more flowers!

♥ Melissa~
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"Look how the wild flowers grow! They don't work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn't as well clothed as one of these flowers."
-Luke 12:27

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