Atypical Type A - Fabric rosette tutorial 3

It’s Thursday which can only mean one thing: it’s craft time!

These fabric rosette pins are a really versatile project: give them out to the bridal party, your parents, the ushers… or, if you’re really keen, you can give them to all of your guests like this couple did! You might like to play around with the fabric choice, width and number of layers to make ’em big and ruffly for the girls and go understated with a smaller, flatter style for the gents.

You could even use them to embellish a ring pillow or make an alternative bouquet.

Atypical Type A - Fabric rosette materials

You will need:

  • Fabric cut into strips (I used a 5x145cm strip for a large flower)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needle
  • Button
  • Brooch back
  • Scissors

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1. Hand-stitch all the way down one side of the length of fabric.

2. Pull the other end of the thread through so that the fabric bunches up (the tighter you pull, the rufflier the result). Tie off the thread.

Atypical Type A - Fabric rosette tutorial 2

3. Arrange the fabric in a spiral so that it forms a flower.

4. Turn over and stitch the back of the flower, making sure all the layers are secured.

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5. Sew the button onto the front centre of the flower.

6. Sew the brooch back onto the reverse side.

What a perfect way to add some vintage charm to your wedding.


Ms Gingham says: Many thanks to Alicia for another inspiring project. I love the idea of an alternative bouquet!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Visit Alicia’s blog where she writes about all things creative and cute ATypical Type A

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A sweet, romantic table decoration, these paper cones carry both a thoughtful message and a scattering of petals, lollies and faux pearls.

Step One

Take an A4 sheet of patterned paper (we have used the Boudoir range from our new ‘Love and Lustre’ collection) and roll into a cone starting from one corner. Don’t despair if the paper doesn’t roll properly the first time; a few practise attempts will create a much more pleasing and consistent finish. Once the desired result is achieved, securely fasten the cone using double-sided tape or an adhesive tape roller.


Step Two

Print or photocopy the thank you tag above onto a sheet of pink floral paper. Cut out the tag and affix to pink or white card. Carefully trim around the oval to make a 3-5mm border.

Step Three

Use a hand punch to create a hole in the left side of the tag. Cut a length of ribbon to 250mm. Wrap around the tip of the cone and secure with a small piece of double-sided tape. Feed one end through the hole in the tag and tie a next bow to finish.

Ribbons and Bows

Ribbons and bows help give projects that special finishing touch. Satin and grosgrain ribbons are our favourite textures because of their timeless elegance and versatility.

From knots and bows to fastenings, hangers and decorative streamers, ribbons can be used for nearly every use imaginable! Look through wedding and fashion magazines for inspiring ways to decorate with ribbon – it’s surprising how many simple ways there are to achieve a stunning finish.

Going to that little extra effort with the addition of ribbons and bows will transform your projects into exquisite and timeless declarations of love.

Cristina Re Buckle  Bows 1

Step One

Cut ribbon to desired length. Make a single loop in the ribbon as shown and hold firmly in your right hand.

Cristina Re Buckle Bow 2

Step Two

Using your left hand wrap one end of the ribbon over the top of the loop to create the centre part of the bow. Make a second loop with the remaining end.

Cristina Re Buckle Bow 3

Step Three

Feed the second loop made in step two through the centre part of the bow from right to left. Gently pull the ends of both loops to secure the know.

Small adjustments may be made at this point by pulling the ends and each of the loops for a better looking result. Trim the ends diagonally with a pair of scissors to stop the ribbon fraying.

Helpful Hint

Practise makes perfect! Everyone ties a bow in a slightly different way (learnt many years ago with tiny fingers on shoelaces!) so you may need to practise this method a few times until you feel comfortable with the technique.

Photography by Cristina Re Designs.


Cristina Re‘s stylish boutique Where a Girl Goes offers a variety of papercraft workshops. The Brilliant Bride workshop provides expert tuition for participants to be inspired and create the wedding  of their dreams.

Ms Gingham says: “Another example of simple, stylish and impressive projects from Cristina Re Designs. These paper cones can be customized with a variety of papers and filled with all sorts of things to suit your individual style.”

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