I want to start of by saying that you should never be afraid to use someone else's tutorial and make it your own. I originally saw this idea in a Martha Stewart magazine and later the directions posted on the Martha Stewart Weddings blog. While her idea was quite similar I tweeked it to fit my needs and budget. The overall process was quite simple.
1. I purchased premade pink sashes from Walmart on Clearance. The sashes were already 3 yards long which is the suggested length of ribbon that Martha Stewart Wedding's suggested.
2. Starting at one end sew a basting stitch about 6 inches long.
3. Pull the thread so that the basting stitch gathers and the sash begins to take on a curling affect.
4. Knot the string several times to make sure that the fabric will hold and then repeat these instructions with the remaining fabric.
5. Cut a circle about 3 inches in diameter out of cardboard. Since I wanted to use white cardboard I repurposed a gift box.
6. Using a hot glue gun attached the stiched side of the sash in a circular pattern to the circle. It really helps to do only an inch at time and then hold the sash in place until the glue is dry.
Martha Suggests attaching a loop to the back of this circle as well as a bow. However her look was for flower girls and I was looking for a more grown up bouquet version. If you would like to make my version please continue on with step 7.
7. Using the same gift box cut a large triangle the length of which will match the handle length. Then roll the triangle into a cone and use hot glue to affix this as well.
8. Hot glue the handle to the bottom of the bouquet and also wrap the handle in ribbon using hot glue to make sure it stays in place.
I was so pleased with these bouquets because in my opinion they look expensive, but fit my budget because they were just over $3.00 each to make. Please feel free to leave comments and I will try to answer any questions you might have. Additional photos of the finished prodject can be viewed on Grosgrain Fabulous.