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Ric-Rac (Rick-Rack) Rose

Ric-Rac (Rick-Rack) Rose

However you spell Ric-Rac, thDSC02956is old fashioned fabric trim is making a comeback, -very trendy

right now with the love for all things Vintage and in high street fashion from Cath Kidston to French Connection.

I will be teaching the lovely folk at the Kingston Carers Network next week how to make a rose.  I’m really looking forward it!

What you will need:

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Materials/Tools:

  • Ric-rac – 10 or 12mm wide and at least 60cm in length per colour or 120cm of one colour.
  • Fabric glue – I like Hi-Tack Fast Tack glue
  • Basic sewing kit – pins, scissors, needle and thread to match
  • A brooch pin eg 30mm Brooch Pin Bar Back Backs – or large safety pin or a hair slide
  • Fabric scrap for leaves – approximately 20cm x 10cm – of a complimentary colour – doesn’t have to be green!
  • leftover Easter eggs for eating!

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For my vintage rose I used two complimentary colours – pink and raspberry 10mm/3/8ths inch approx. wide – 60cm/24in of each colour.  Use double length (120cm) and fold in half if using just one colour.

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Pin the lengths together at one end. I pinned this onto my sewing basket to make the next step easier or you may want to enlist the help of a friend.

 

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Interlace the two lengths together – then iron flat.

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Fold down one end diagonally to make the middle of the rosebud and roll up the interlaced lengths.

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You can use fabric glue (eg. Hi-Tack Fast Tack glue) as you roll or I preferred sewing it to keep it in place. A little tip – I keep a white candle handy. If my thread starts to tangle I run it over the thread.

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You can stop there and sew on a brooch back, or make leaves in a complimentary colour !

cut out a leaf shape from card – and draw onto the wrong side of the fabric.

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cut out twice, with right sides of fabric together so you get four – I used pinking

shears here to help with any fraying.

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Putting right sides together, sew up the edges by hand or machine, leaving the stem

end open so you can turn it right-side out.

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Before you turn it right-side out, snip the tip back a little. I used a satay stick to help me turn it and get a sharp leaf tip.

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Now you can add a decorative edge to your leaf edges – maybe a nice decorative stitch in a similar colour by hand or machine. Don’t go overboard – you don’t want your leaves to steal the show from your rose. I left mine plain.

To make the leaves curl – use a straight stitch down the middle for gathering it up and secure in place with a stitch.

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Sew the leaves onto the back of your rose.

 

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Now add a brooch pin, or hair slide (barrette).

 

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Fold back the ric-rac rose petals to open up the rose as much as you want – you can open it or keep it tight like a rosebud. Add a dab of glue to help keep the petals open if necessary. Wear with pride ! (on a top, cardigan or bag) or instead of a brooch add a hair slide to the back to jazz up your ponytail !

 

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Try metallic ! for classy evening wear or vintage girly twin set.

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