Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Twisted ribbon dragonfly

Today, I would like to share with you a ribbon embroidery tutorial – twisted ribbon dragonfly. I’d used 7mm wide ribbons.

Bring up a piece of ribbon at A and go in at B (approx 8cm).Bring another piece of ribbon up at C and in at D (7cm).Please don’t make knots at the beginning or the end of both ribbons (at the back).It’s better to measure the ribbons and mark the positions of points A,B,C,D before working.I didn’t, that’s why my point D is out of place.Meet both ribbons at the center and join them with a small stitch.

Twist a 25cm long ribbon tightly.Meet both ends and let both twisted parts twist each other.

Measure 4.5cm of the twisted part and untwist the remaining. Attach this to the wings with a small stitch.This stitch will also prevent the ribbon from untwisting further

Place the untwisted pieces one on top of the other and insert the ends of the ribbon into the fabric at the position shown (the body is 1.5cm long).Don’t make knots at the back of the fabric.

Apply a thin layer of fabric glue at the back of the tail and glue it to the fabric and let it dry.

Sew beads for the eyes and embroider the legs.Work fly stitches or any other stitches of your choice on the wings and straight stitches on the body of this dragonfly.While working those stitches, place the tail ends at the back of the fabric at the same position as the ribbons on top and sew them together.This will secure the ends at the back and that’s the reason for not making knots in the beginning.


  1. Thank you for this really neat tutorial for this beautiful dragonfly. I'll be trying this out. i'm going to be creating a peacock for a book page swap, one of the participants has birds for her theme and I thought the peacock you've created using sequins and embroidery would be fantastic. Thank you. keep up the great work.

  2. I love dragonflies,thankyou for the post


  3. WOW! This is a wonderful Tutorial and the outcome is really very nice...

  4. I am definitely trying this craft, well it could be a great decoration for scrapbooks and other crafts as well as cloth designs.

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  6. your work is beautiful and your tutorials detailed. Thank You