I've come to a point in my life where store bought things just don't cut it. Okay, not all things, probably not most things, but definitely store bought bows. They're cheesy, never stick and crush way too easily. Plus, they can get kind of pricey. So not worth it for something that usually gets tossed in the poubelle. Today I wanted something cute and feminine, and since I see rosettes all over blogland, I figured it was high-time I jumped on the bandwagon. I decided to cover some clothes pins to match my gift wrap. I cut pieces of the gift wrap to fit on my clothes pins and used Mod Podge and a foam brush to glue them on each side. Once they were dry, I put an even coat of Mod Podge on one side and let it dry. Then repeated on the other side.
While the clothes pins were drying I started to make the rosettes. There are a million tutorials online for these and other peoples ways are probably better, since this was my first time making them (and I didn't follow any directions). Basically, I took a long strip of fabric that was about 1½ inches wide. The longer the length of your fabric, the larger the rosette. I folded the fabric into thirds, lengthwise and started rolling. The fabric I used frayed easily, which is what I wanted since I was going for 'shabby chic.' Just trim any loose threads coming from the edges. Using a needle with a very long piece of doubled up thread, I threw in a stitch every 1/4 to 1/3 inch. It's a little tough at the beginning, but gets easier as you go around. When you get to your desired size, or run out of fabric, tuck the end underneath and secure it with a couple of stitches. Yay! You have a rosette. Once, your clothes pins are dry (I usually use two coats of Mod Podge), glue the rosette to one side using a hot glue gun or whatever else you think will work. And ta da! you made a rosette gift topper!!
They are great if you are travelling with the gift, so you can wrap it and put the ribbon around it ahead of time, and when you get to your destination you can just clip the rosette to the ribbon. Plus, you can clip the card on too! (If you're anything like me, you totally signed the card in the car on the way there.) If you're really enjoying all the gluing, you can glue a magnet on to the backside, and then you have a little rosette-gift-topper-magnet.