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BML Guest Post – Caroline from Atelier Caroline

Hello Michele and hello to all her fabulous readers!
My name is Caroline and I’m visiting from  
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Crafting is my therapy to stay happy in my very busy life. Juggling
family, marriage, household and work is a complicated balancing act.
It takes a bit of organization to  save some “Me” time. And “Me”
time is dedicated to creating and blogging.  You can find out
more about me here.
I  mostly sew:
And craft
But i recently “fell into” jewelry making
I’m happy to be presenting a tutorial to make pretty gros-grain ribbon
followers that you can use for pins, headbands and barrettes
This little project only requires the following supplies:
– 22inches of 3/4″ wide gros grain ribbon
– a few pearls or beads – here 1/8″ pearls
– matching thread
– brooch pin or barrette and hot glue (Optional) 
For the
  • Cut 4  5&1/2″ long pieces of ribbon
  • Fold the ribbon pieces in 2&1/2″ long loop with the ends
    meeting in the center in a 1/4 inch overlap
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  • Pin in each loop
  • Take 2 pieces and pin them at a straight angle
  • Repeat with the other 2 pieces
  • The place the two resulting cross at a 45 degree angle
  • With matching thread stitch all the layers together
By stitching a “box” you are pretty much assured to secure all the ribbon ends
For the
  • Start at the center
  • Just loop the thread through the peal/bead hole
  • Make sure to position the beads so the hole is not visible before
    you tighten the thread
  • You only need to stitch through the first layer of ribbon
  • Stitch a circle of beads around the center bead
  • The number to sew may vary depending on the diameter of the
    beads used (5 to 7)
  • Stitch a second circle (will use about twice as many beads as the
    first one)
You can stitch it on clothing or …
  • Hot glue a brooch pin or a barrette
All done!
I used this one as a brooch to make a plain green sweater a bit dressier
Now pick
your favorite color ribbon to make one for yourself !
Thanks again
Michele for having me over
congratulations on your family addition 

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The Answer Is Chocolate

Friday 15th of April 2011

So glad to see you posting here! I love the pin that goes with the necklace that you know I also love!

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