May 26 2011

What To Do When You Lose A Button, Ribbon Flower Craft

What To Do When You Lose A Button, Ribbon Flower Craft

One of my favorite black sweaters is looking a bit worn, probably because I wear it…a lot! Instead of running out to buy enough buttons to replace them all I thought why not make something.


Today’s tutorial is how to make a silk ribbon flower brooch.




What You need

ribbon about 20 inches and 2 inches wide


thread that matches the ribbon


pin back ( from your local craft store)


sorry a few photos are out of focus ( some photographer I am, giggle)

Lets make it! Start by folding the ribbon in half and tucking in the ends with your finger.  You can press the end with an iron if you like. But do not press the fold of the ribbon.






Now it’s time to sew. Tie a knot in the end of your thread and thread your needle with your matching thread (about twice the length of your ribbon ). Start at the folded end and begin sewing a running stitch.




Once you have sewn to the end leave enough thread to pull gently.

Now you need to start pulling and gathering. Don’t tug on it ( you don’t want to break your thread.






Keep gently pulling.





Now is where I apologize, I completely neglected to take a photo of the next step.

imagine clear in focus photo here :-)

Re thread your needle and begin rolling your  flower into itself. Start with the end you folded as the center. With each roll sew a little tack stitch to hold it in place

When  you’ve reached the end, finish it all off with a wrap stitch and Snip off the excess ribbon. Don’t throw the scrap away you need it for the next step.





Create a tube, or folded piece with the  scrap and stitch it to the back.Covering up all of the stitching .






Then peel off the sticky backing of the brooch clasp and place it on top and sew the clasp on.







flip that beauty over and taa daa! I kept going and grabbed some teal ribbon scrap and made this pretty hair comb. Just attach a flat piece of fabric to the back ( omitting the clasp) and then hot glue to a comb.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.



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  1. Carolyn

    Hi Katherine,

    Such a pretty flower brooch you have made and love the pink and teal ribbon flowers.
    Hope that you are having a great week


    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Carolyn!

  2. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    That is so charming! Great job!

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you my sweet bloggy friend

  3. Menopausal New Mom

    How clever!! My daughter would love this!! Thank you for sharing :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      My pleasure, please let me know if you make it for your daughter. :-)

  4. Gail

    So cool! What a beautiful flower comb and brooch. Very creative.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Gail, hugs

  5. Deborah

    That is so pretty!

    1. Katherines Corner


  6. Ms. A

    That’s lovely! I try not to wear anything that attracts attention and I’m afraid that might. However, the granddaughters could use the ones for hair, on a clip, to keep them in.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Giggle, perhaps it’ll be a nice project for your granddaughters :-)

  7. Bonjour Romance

    Bonjour Katherine,
    Great tutorial, and a good idea for lost buttons and so many things. Flowers are very popular clipped onto clothes here in Paris. I love your new look here on the site, very well done!
    Thank you for your visit to my blog the other day, your kind words about the magazine were very much appreciated.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Bonjour l’ami doux, merci pour vos mots gentils.

  8. Mary O

    The flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to try and make some. I am following from Follow Friday 40 and Over. Hope you can visit my blog @

    Mary O

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi Mary thank you for hopping over. Hugs!

  9. rambles with reese

    This is a very good tutorial Katherine and it looks lovely!

    Hope you’re having a fantastic day!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you I hope you do to. I appreciate your visit.

  10. Holly

    That is just darling and such a good idea. I am a lover of cardigans, I wear one all the time, just like a little old lady. I have one in every color and a few could sure use an update.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you, I love them too. I always wore them as a little girl. Somethings never change. Hugs

  11. Odie Langley

    That’s something I will probably never attempt but it sure is cute. You are one smart lady. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend. We are going back to her brothers place at the lake for cookout, burgers & dogs.
    Odie :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh Odie, I’m so jealous, have a fabulous time, take lots of photos. Hugs!

  12. Brandi

    Now that was clever! You saved it and gave it a beautiful new life!!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Brandi thank you for your kind comment. Hugs!

  13. Ashleihg@Sincerelyco

    I never knew how to make these! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I will definitely be making these in the near future!

    1. Katherines Corner

      My pleasure I hope you’ll try to make them now. hugs

  14. Maricris of Zensible Mama

    I never thought of that! Brilliant idea and thank you for the tutorial.

  15. Lynne Moncrieff

    As I type I am ripping off all the buttons as I LOVE this. A fabulous post and just so creative.
    Oh you made me LOL with your getting in tune to sing me Happy Birthday!! I imagine you singing in the style of Marilyn to Mr President. Am I near the mark?!!!!
    Thank You for your warm wishes.

  16. Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com

    Your ribbon flowers are beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)

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