This tutorial comes from Nikki @ NikkiinStitches. (click to see the tute) In this tutorial she teaches how to use a piece of ribbon, thread, and a button to create this beautiful flower. Her method is handsewn and a great project for those without a sewing machine, or a bit of quite away from the machine.
The ruching can also be done with the largest stitch on your machine. Although, if your ribbon is thick, pulling up the sewing machine thread may be a challenge and break. I've machine ruched satin ribbon with success.
Another great thing about these flowers is there many uses. They can be used to embellish cards or scrapbooks, quilts, and of course clothing. One of these flowers could be backed with a piece of felt, to secure it, and hot glued or sewn to a barette for a hair accessory.
If flowers aren't your thing...ruching is a great technique for embellishing anything. We run ruched ribbons and fabric strips along and through skirts, pants, pretty much anywhere a little ruffled goodness would add a bit of whimsy.
Enjoy the ruching tute and please show us what you do with it in our flickr group. You'll find the link and directions to the left on the front page of the blog.
PS...this tutorial and picture was used with permission from Nikki. Please leave her a comment and tell her SquigglyTwigs sent you.