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Yay! Another super easy, super quick, and super cute project makes the Nikki, In Stitches Top 10 Countdown!  I did have to give you a better picture than the ones in the original post.  (Santa, thank you again for bringing me a new camera.  How did I ever think those pictures were acceptable??)  This little flower can go anywhere…on a card, atop a wrapped package, in the corner of a picture frame, maybe even on a pinback.

Enjoy…again!

Nikki, In Stitches

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Ruched Ribbon Flower

September 12th, 2009

Ruched Flower (Step 11)Last week at my monthly quilting class, we were taught how to make ruched flowers.  They will eventually find their way onto yet another Christmas quilt that I have started (pictures coming soon…I hope!).  We made them with a strip of fabric, and because of possible fraying, had to do a few folds to hide any raw edges.  The whole time I was thinking I could definitely come up with a better, easier way to make these.  And of course, I was also sitting there wondering what else I could use them for.  It hit me last night.  Why not use ribbon?  No folding necessary since there are no raw edges to hide!  I played around with some pink and green ribbon, my two favorite colors, Greeting Card with Ruched Flower Embellishmentand that led me to the very large stash of pink and green papers that I have accumulated, and before I knew it, I had a cute card with a ruched ribbon flower embellishment.  (Don’t you love when you find a completely different purpose for your newly found favorite technique?)  Below you will find a tutorial on how to make the flowers.  Feel free to ask any questions, and if you can think of any other uses for these goodies, please share!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

 

Materials:

36″ of 5/8″ wide ribbon

Needle

Coordinating embroidery floss (1 strand) or any heavy thread that will not break when pulling to ruche ribbon

*Note:  I used black embroidery floss in the pictures below so it would stand out.

 

Directions:

Ruched Flower (Step 1)1.  Mark the wrong side of your ribbon, moving from right to left.  Along the bottom edge, mark every inch.  Along the top, first mark 1/2″ in, then mark every inch the rest of the way across.  If you’ve done this correctly, your marks should be evenly staggered the entire length of your ribbon, as shown in the picture provided.

Ruched Flower (Step 2b)2.  With a long piece of thread (approximately 36″), hand baste from mark to mark, creating a zigzag pattern, stopping occasionally to gather (“ruche”) the ribbon.  Stopping every eight to ten inches to gather your ribbon is recommended.  Any longer and you risk breaking your thread.  Also, put a hefty knot at the start of your thread so that as you pull to gather it doesn’t pull through your ribbon.

Ruched Flower (Step 2a)*The trick to the hand basting is to be consistent in your stitches.  If you look at the picture provided, I always do three stitches along each diagonal, and I was always sure to start by inserting the needle from underneath the ribbon and to end with the needle coming out the top.  I found this method made it easiest to gather the ribbon.
 
 
3.  Adjust your gathers so that your finished piece of ribbon is now ruched to about 17″.  Leave the long tail of thread in case any adjustments need to be made while assembling your flower.
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Ruched Flower (Step 4)
4.  With a new piece of thread, baste across (from side to side) the first six “petals” of your flower.  Again, put a hefty knot at the start of your thread so you don’t pull it through when gathering.

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Ruched Flower (Step 5)
5.  Pull the thread tight to form a circle of petals.  Knot the thread, but do not cut it, to hold the center loop of petals in place.
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6.  Move gathered tail from the front of the flower to the back.  Use the before and after pictures provided below as a reference.
Ruched Flower (Step 5)Ruched Flower (Step 6)
7.  Insert needle through the center of the flower to move the working thread from the front to the back.
Ruched Flower (Step 7a)Ruched Flower (Step 7b)
8.  Spiral your gathered tail around and around, creating the layers of your flower.  Tack the flower together to keep the tail in place by coming up in the crease of each petal and back down in the same crease, being sure to catch the layer underneath.  The folds, or creases, in your petals will hide your stitches.
Ruched Flower (Step 8a)Ruched Flower (Step 8b)
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Ruched Flower (Step 9)9.  Continue until you have tacked the entire tail in place.  Take a few extra stitches on the back of your flower to hold your ribbon end in place.  Knot and cut the working thread.

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Ruched Flower (Step 10)10.  Knot and cut the gathering thread.
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Ruched Flower Greeting Card11.  Embellish center with a button!

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Sometimes when I’m working on a project, I get the feeling it’s going to be a hit. I had no idea these paper punched Easter eggs would get the amazing response they did. This project has been shared around the internet more times than any other post I’ve written, and has gotten the most views in the shortest amount of time. I love this simple technique. Stay tuned this winter…I have a few ideas of how I’m going to “recycle” these into projects for the holidays!

Enjoy…again!

Nikki, In Stitches

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Paper Punched Easter Eggs

March 20th, 2011

Some of the best projects are also the most simple, and it doesn’t get much more “back to basics” than these paper punched Easter eggs.

Simple and classic, they take just a few minutes to make and will last for many springs to come!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

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Materials:

5/8″ paper punch

Decorative paper

Styrofoam egg

Straight pins

Glue

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Directions:

Scroll through the pictures below.  Click to enlarge!


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I left New York City two months ago with my head spinning.  I had so many ideas for where I wanted Nikki, In Stitches go, and how it was going to grow…and soon you’ll see all the surprises I have in store!  But I also left with my heart just completely warmed to its core.  I had made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.  Not only did we instantly bond over our creativity and our passions for what we do, but it was like we became giddy school girls all over again!  And what’s even more amazing, is that over two months later, we’re still the same way!  These girls are the best cheerleaders I could ever ask for.  They raise me up when I’m feeling down.  They inspire me with their creativity.  They make me laugh.  (They laugh at my bad jokes.)  And I really consider myself a lucky girl to have them beside me.

So, after all that sappy stuff, I am so proud to introduce you to one of them today!  Jen is the birthday party genius behind Passion-for-Parties.com.  On her site you can find ideas and inspiration for every party theme you could ever dream of.  (And if that’s not enough, you can find even more amazingly creative ideas on her blog!) Jen is the kind of person that if you ask her for help with a project, she comes back with four or five ideas…all of them amazing.  When she showed me a picture of these sweet mini cake banners I was instantly begging her to do a guest post…and I couldn’t have been happier when she agreed!  You’re going to love her, too!  You get just a glimpse of her sweetness in her post below!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches


Hi there!  I’m Jennifer from Passion-for-Parties.com, and I’m so excited to be hosting a guest feature here on Nikki, in Stitches!

I’m a party girl, and I love little touches that transform ordinary party elements into something spectacular.  Like this mini party banner that I made for a birthday cake:

Isn’t that fun? And it’s such a versatile idea!  You can use any color scheme that you’d like, and it can be used for virtually any occasion…birthdays, graduations, baby showers, retirements…you name it!

The best part?  It’s so easy to make.  And I’m going to show you how!

Heres what youll need:

Scrapbook paper (in any colors that you’d like)

Small letter stickers (or pre-lettered scrapbook circles)

Measuring spoons

Needle and thread

A pencil

Two straws (Bake it Pretty and Sweet Shop Lulu have some really cute ones)

Scissors

Double-sided tape or glue

How to Make Your Cake Banner

Step 1: Using the ¼ teaspoon measuring spoon as a guide, trace circles on the back sides of the scrapbook paper that you’ve chosen.  You’ll need one circle for each letter that you’ll be using.  If you’d like decorative circles on the ends, cut two extra.  Repeat with the ½ teaspoon, making the same amount of circles.

This is what you’ll end up with…

If you aren’t using the pre-lettered scrapbook circles, place your letter stickers in the center of the small circles.

Step 2: Use double-sided tape or dots of glue to adhere the small circles to the large circles like this…

Step 3: Next, thread the needle, then feed it through the first straw near the top.

Step 4:   Poke the needle through the front of the first circle, on the left side.  Pull the thread through to the back, then poke the needle through the back of the right side.

Continue until all of the circles have been strung.

Step 5:  Thread the needle through the second straw.  Center the circles between the straws, allowing enough slack for them to drape a little bit, then cut the thread and tie the ends off on both sides.

Step 6:  Insert the straws into the cake, being sure to push them far enough down that they will stand securely.  If necessary, insert the straws at an outward angle to accommodate longer words.

That’s all there is to it!  Super easy right?  And super, duper cute!

Have fun with it and happy celebrating!

Jen

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Some of the best projects are also the most simple, and it doesn’t get much more “back to basics” than these paper punched Easter eggs.

Simple and classic, they take just a few minutes to make and will last for many springs to come!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

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Materials:

5/8″ paper punch

Decorative paper

Styrofoam egg

Straight pins

Glue

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Directions:

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1.  Start with one wooden picture frame, bought at your local craft store for $1.  Paint white, or whatever neutral color you have in your stash of acrylic paints.

2.  Rip scrap papers into long rectangular pieces.  Decoupage onto frame.

3.  Paint chip board letters.  Glue to frame.  (Or use whatever scrap embellishments you have in your stash!  Flowers, stamps, stickers..anything will work!)

4.  Add a picture of the cutest little kid ever!

Total time: About an hour

Total cost: Maybe $3??

Total yield: Lots and lots of love from your Valentine!!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

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Materials:

*6″ square piece of scrap wrapping paper

*Scrap embellishments to decorate the center

*Patience!

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Have fun!!

Nikki, In Stitches

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*This may look familiar to some of you!  A few months I was a guest blogger on Waiting on Martha (Stewart), and unfortunately, since then, the blog has been taken down.  I have no idea why, and many of you are asking for the origami star directions, so I thought I’d post them here.

These made the perfect decorations for my monogrammed cookie jars!  Take a look here: Etched Glass Cookie Jars!

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I was going for “vintage” and ended up a little too “victorian,” but I’m still in love with the idea of embroidering on paper.

If you’re going to give it a try, I just have one huge piece of advice:

When you sew on fabric, you can bring your needle up through, and if you don’t like its placement, take it back out. The fabric will close on itself and the hole you made will disappear. (And if it doesn’t, give your fabric a little press with an iron!) With paper, that is not the case. The hole made by your needle will not close up on itself if you choose to move it. Be sure that where your needle comes up is where you really intended for that to happen! Other than that, sewing on paper is super easy and opens up a whole new world to your scrapbooking and card making arsenal of favorite techniques!

Here’s a quick wrap-up of how to make these Vintage Victorian Valentines!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

Embroidery:

To get precise embroidery, I once again used my tissue paper transfer method, but with a twist. Did you know that tissue paper can act as carbon paper?? Here are the details:

I typed “LOVE” on my computer in American Typewriter font, size 100. (You can use whatever font and/or size you’d like.) I then held the tissue paper up to my monitor and traced “LOVE”. Flip your tissue paper over and trace “LOVE” again on the wrong side of the tissue paper. (This should give you a mirror image of “LOVE.”) Flip your tissue paper back over to the right side. Lay it on top of your scrapbook paper exactly where you’d like it placed and trace one more time. (You may have to go over it a few times.) Lift your tissue paper up, and “LOVE” will be written right there! I then embroidered right over top of each of the letters using either a back stitch or stem stitch. (Tutorials for both of these stitches can be found in my post Embroidery 101: 2 Basic Stitches You Need To Know

“LOVE” Frame

This is simply a Spellbinders die, Labels Four, that I cut, then embossed.

Flowers

The flowers are also a die, Build a Lilac by Sizzix, but you could use any die or punch you have in your stash. After cutting them, I chalked them. The embellishment in the center is a a Crystazzi Crystal 4mm bicone black bead, that is hand sewn to the flower.

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