I mentioned last week in my First Flowers of Spring Tour that I’d had the idea of including in my landscape the favorite flower of each female in my family. Since my dad’s mother’s favorites were yellow roses, and I’ve had bad luck getting them to survive in The Land of Making Do, I thought I’d make yellow rose napkin rings.
Why napkin rings? Why not?
I have very few of my grandmother’s things, but there are two little dancing ladies, salt and pepper shakers, on my Lemon Inspired Tablescape this week that were hers.
So, yellow rose napkin rings made sense, this week, especially. I had yellow roses in my tablescape, whereas, probably never in my landscape.
Let’s get on with the tutorial. I used wide (about 1″), double-fold bias tape for these yellow roses. You can also use folded strips of fabric, if you’d rather. The opportunities are endless when you think of all the different textured fabrics, solids and prints. Ribbon can be used, also. So many pretty roses yet to be born!
Beginning at one end of your strip of tape (or fabric, or ribbon), fold the end down
and wrap the fabric around the folded part. It makes a little bud. I love this part. Buds are so cute and petite. (I must think of something that needs a bud!) Place a little hot glue under there to hold it securely.
Ugh! Please excuse my big fingernail there. I usually try to hide from cameras, but there’s no way around getting my hands included with this project.
I’m not a manicure girl, because it’s just a waste of time. With my hands into so many projects, a nail polish job only lasts a few hours. But, a pedicure is a must! 😉
Whoa, that was way off topic! Sorry. Fold the fabric strip over, as you see in the picture (glue it under there), and continue wrapping.
This is a two-hands project, but while I took the picture, I held the fabric NOT in a way I would actually do this. You will be holding the bud with one hand while wrapping with the other, at times switching back and forth. The beginning “tail” gives you something to grasp as you turn it for wrapping.
Continue wrapping and hot gluing the fabric strip around the bud, folding over the fabric occasionally. I didn’t measure, I just did it when I thought it would look good. The folding forms the rose petals. Just have fun with it. That’s why we craft, right?
The reason I love using the double-fold bias tape is because the doubled edge makes it look like double petals. You’ll want to include a dab of glue inside each fold, each layer of the bias tape, too.
Pretty soon, you’ll realize the rose is the size you wanted to make, and…ta-dah!
Each rosette you make will look a little different. You may find that you like the fifth rosette better than your first. Don’t succumb to the temptation to discard the earlier ones because they don’t match. Roses in nature don’t match! Each are unique, just like yours.
Now, for the finishing part. Fold your fabric strip one final time and wrap it under the rose and past the center area. Snip it off but don’t glue it down yet.
Snip the beginning “tail” a little closer to the rose, making a shorter “tail”. You’ll fold the short tail over and hot glue it down flat.
The outer end you snipped off is ready to be glued. Wrap it over the beginning end that you glued. Hot glue both layers of the bias tape. Turn your rose top-side, and be amazed!
See? I told you it was easy. And, it gets easier with each rose you make.
Now, to make the napkin ring part, cut a strip of ribbon (I used wired) to the length you desire. Do this by looping the ribbon around your fingers, allowing space for the napkin to be inserted easily, and deciding how long you want the tails to be.
Snip the ribbon, and cut additional identical strips for the number of rings you need.
You want to shape the ribbon to the “look” you want and hot glue it together in that shape. Then, hot glue your rose on top of the cross-over part. You could also do just a simple loop of ribbon with no tails. It’ll be fun to see what you design!
I added a button from PAM’s (Painter Artist Mom’s) Vintage Buttons. Just for fun. This particular button originally belonged to PAM’s mom, my other grandmother. Wow! I just realized, I have both grandmothers represented here in these yellow rose napkin rings. Nostalgia!
It’s all about the joy of it, y’all!
Use the treasures you have on hand. Enjoy them. That’s why God gives us little treasures. He wants us to enjoy them. He delights in that.
Happy Friday, y’all!
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I’m joining several of these parties this week:
The Gunny Sack for WHAT’S IN THE GUNNY SACK? and TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY
Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY
Sew Much Ado for WE DID IT! WEDNESDAY
Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY
A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY