The length of ribbon needed depends on the width of the ribbon and also on the desired fullness of the finished flower. I usually unwind a few feet of ribbon and leave it on the spool until I’m nearly finished making the ribbon rose.
A ribbon rose may be secured with stitches near its base as it is made, or it may be secured with stitches when it is finished, or it may be secured with florist’s wire for arrangements.
This ribbon rose tutorial shows how to secure the ribbon rose with stitches as it is being made.
1. Begin by unwinding at least 24 to 30 inches of ribbon.
3. Roll the right edge of the tail toward the left edge.
5. While holding the base of the rose bud with the right hand, fold the working ribbon away from you creating a 90 degree fold. Keep adding stitches to secure it as you go (optional).
Repeat steps 4 and 5 as many times as necessary to achieve desired fullness.
This rose will be finished without a stem for a flat backing. Cut the stem off, leaving about a half-inch of stem, then fold this down and stitch securely.