ric rac dahlias

these cute shirred ric rac flower brooches are super fast and easy to make, even for someone like me who has little patience for hand stitching!

finshed ric rac flowers!

these are based on part of a ric rac wallhanging project from the book “creative crafts & stitchery” (1976). in the original project, the shirred ric rac was glued to a cardboard base. i modified it by sewing the ric rac to a felt backing to make it more wearable.

for the backing, i used two layers of felt cut into circles. shirr the ric rac by stitching in and out at the bottom of each V, gathering and sewing down to the felt backing as you go along.

just beginning...

almost done...

i found that the soft, cotton ric rac is easier to work with than the stiffer poly ric rac. this would be a great project to use up all of those packages of vintage ric rac that are too fragile to use on clothing!

vintage ric rac

finish up the center with a pom pom (or three!) and sew on a pinback. the next one i make, i think i’ll sew a cute button in the center. ooh, or maybe a flashy acrylic gem!

the medium sized light green brooch is about 2¼” wide and used about 2 yards of size 29 ric rac.

P.S. i just made a few of these with patterned ric rac and ric rac with lurex, they came out really neat! check them out here.

67 Responses to “ric rac dahlias”

  1. Gayle Says:

    Oh, my gosh, these are wonderful! I hope you don’t mind if I shared your post on my blog. :-)

  2. Dolly Aristizábal Says:

    Muy lindos los diseños de ric rac y deseo tener otros màs gracias

  3. Susanne Says:

    Very cute flowers but I’m really drooling over your big old fat spool of aqua rick rack. Never hit that jack pot!

  4. Kristine Says:

    These are so pretty!!

    My link up :)

  5. Judy Says:

    This is difficult! What size ric rac are you using?

  6. hannah Says:

    for most of them i used size 41 11/16″ ric rac

  7. pam Says:

    Those are so beautiful!

  8. Rheda Lewis Says:

    THe cutest thing since chocolate. love it!!

  9. Carol Says:

    love these. thanks for sharing. love your site.

  10. virginia Says:

    Sencillamente preciosas!!!!!!.

  11. Libby Says:

    Love this ric-rac crafting you’re creating!

  12. sharon Says:

    I have shared this on Pinterest and am going to make some for a headband for Granddaughter. Thanks soooo much for sharing x

  13. MAri Says:

    Great project. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

  14. Cheryl Hilt Says:

    thank you for the tut..i purchased 2 sets of ric rack from Pick your Plum after seeing the beautiful flowers you made, and the tut you gave..so when they come it..i am very excited to give it a try..

  15. Mindy Wilson Says:

    Wow you have a most fabulous bloggie, Hanna! Love these little ric rac creations, and I have tried a couple of attempts today (not really following your directions properly and have failed. LOL, I’ll get it but first I thought mine should have a leather backing instead of felt. Then, I neglected to retain the whole gathering aspect of the design…lol! Anyway, thank you for sharing and I’ll get it right eventually!

  16. Annie Says:

    This is a really neat idea for a flower pin! I think i have everything to make it, too. Thanks for posting!

  17. Ginger Says:

    Thanks for sharing this project. I will definitely be giving these a try.

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