Make it Thursday’s: Ruffle trim flowers

A few weeks ago I shared some flowers I made with artificial leaves and the ruffle trim you can find at Hobby Lobby or AliExpress. The nearest Hobby Lobby to me is almost an hour away so I rely on mail order or my crafty swapping friend Benielle to keep me supplied with trim.

This is the gorgeous stuff from Hobby Lobby-isn’t it amazing? The texture of this is like chiffon-the AliExpress stuff has more of a netting type feel. You can use either for this project. This is what we’ll be making:

The ones on the top I made for a summer swap I just completed. I think they have a hibiscus tropical type feel.

Here’s what you’ll need:

I used die cut leaves for this one, but any leaves will do-you could pluck them off the Dollar Tree stems and have a ton to use. The bridal section of Michaels will also have some.

Cut your trim to about 10 inches and pick a center for your flower. You can use sequins, gems, rhinestones, whatever.

Now turn over your trim and find the center stitch and fold on that line

Like this:

Now apply some hot glue and start coiling it up on itself.

Like this:

Keep going:

Adding little bits of glue as you go.

When you reach the end put a big glob of glue on the bottom:

Stick on your leaf

Once it’s set up flip it over to the right side and wiggle your finger in to spread out the center and make a spot for your gem:

Glue down the center and firmly press

And you’re done!! Marvel at the beauty of what you’ve made and if you’re like me repeat these steps 3 dozen more times to build up your stash!

I made hot pink too.

These were packed up and sent in happy mail, but they’re perfect for all sorts of crafts. You could stick them to a hat or even a pair of sandals. I plan on putting some on a summer tote.

Have fun and if you make some and post on your social media tag me or put in #paperbitsandfabricsnips

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A tale of two happy mails!

I’ve got quite a few swaps scheduled for May and to be quite honest there was a hot second there that I was completely overwhelmed! I made one of my biggest projects to date and it was a labor of love for sure. As I wrapped it lovingly and placed it in the box I was sad to see it go, like a child going off to college-hahaha! Knowing that her (yes of course it’s a she) new owner would love it just as much as I did made it easier to send her off.

For me sending Happy Mail is even more fun than receiving. I fancy myself an “expert giver” so sending off things to pen pals is a dream come true.

Want to see what was inside? Of course you do!

If you want a look of what’s inside that embellishment book go check out my Instagram-here’s a peek

The second swap I sent out was a Disney themed one. This one was hosted by Rachel at Paperventures she’s got some amazing content! Go check her out. For this swap we had bought items and homemade crafty items. Each of use had to send a Disney mug and pin and one other Disney goodie, as well as items I made. Here’s a peek at this one:

I won’t lie-this one was a challenge for me. In the end I loved how it came out but I had to overcome some serious crafters block to get there.

Well that’s all for today-got that pesky day job to take care of. I’ll be back soon with a tutorial for some rosettes made from trims so be sure to follow this blog or my Instagram for updates on new posts!

❤️ Stephanie