Saturday, September 19, 2009

DIY Ribbon Boutonniere


I was recently inspired by this photo of a simple and elegant ribbon boutonniere. Because you are working with fabric, the color options are virtually limitless compared to flowers, and the cost of this project is next to nothing. So I thought I would give it a try. Check out the unbelievably simple instructions below for how you can make your very own ribbon boutonniere.

2 yards of ribbon (I used grosgrain)
Cotton Thread

Fold the ribbon in an accordion style. You want the total length of each fold to equal the diameter of the final boutonniere. In my case, I made each fold 2.5" and the final boutonniere is 2.5" across.

Sew a couple of tacking stitches through the center of the ribbon length and knot the end to keep in place.

Fan out the folds.

Fine tune the folds so that each division is as evenly spaced as possible. Cut the "loose end" in a diagonal for a more finished look.

Sew a button over the tacking stitch to finish off the boutonniere. While stitching the button on, stitch slightly outside of the initial center tacking stitch. This will hold the fanned out folds in place.

And for less than $5 and 10 minutes of work, you have a beautiful and stylish boutonniere!


Nicole-Lynn said...

This is adorable.

3 o'clock walk said...

This is exactly the type of thing I've been looking for the groomsmen to wear. Thanks for this!

Ella said...

I've never even thought of this. cool!

mellyd said...

Thank you so much! I saw a fab ribbon boutonniere like this and almost had it figured out but your instructions ensured success. Love it!

Mike said...

Looks really sharp when it's finished. Boutonniere's can look great on guys sometimes.