Woven ribbon shamrock tutorial

cute woven ribbon shamrock tutorial by sewmccool

Is the luck o’ the Irish with you? This easy woven ribbon shamrock tutorial will bring the luck to you…with just a bit of ribbon and about 30 minutes of time, you’ll be wearin’ the green. For girls, add the woven ribbon shamrock to a barrette or hair clip, as shown here. If you want to wear this yourself, simply mount it to a pinback.

You’ll be guaranteed a no-pinch St. Patrick’s Day on March 17!

What you’ll need

* Six pieces of 1/4in (6mm) -wide ribbon in green, cut to 2 1/2in (6cm) You can get the ribbon at The Ribbon Retreat!
* Six  pieces of 1/4in (6mm) -wide ribbon, also in green, cut to 2in (5cm)
* Scissors
* Heat-sealing tool or lighter for polyester ribbon, or seam sealant for natural-fiber ribbon
* Hot glue gun and glue
* A button or crystal for the top

Woven ribbon shamrock tutorial

Arrange both sizes of ribbon into two separate piles. Glue one smaller piece on top of one larger piece, just at one short end (middle photo below). Repeat with the remaining pieces of ribbon, so that you have six, two-layer segments. Next, glue one set on top of the other at a right angle, also at the tip – with the right-hand set over the left-hand set. You’ll have a “V” shape with you ribbon, shown in the third photo below.

ribbon shamrock collage with sewmccool 1

Next, loop the top, short ribbon from the right-hand side and place it underneath the short ribbon on the left, below. You’ll glue this on top of the second ribbon in the left-hand set. Now take the short left-side ribbon and loop it toward the right, placing it under the previous loop and gluing it along the top edge, as shown in photo 2 below.

…I think the luck from the woven ribbon shamrock is coming your way….

In a similar manner, loop the remaining right-side ribbon under the loop formed in the last step, gluing it along the edge of the remaining left-hand ribbon (photo 3 below).

Finally, bring the left ribbon under the loop you just formed, and the glue on top of the right edge, as shown in Photo 4. This doesn’t make a perfect basket weave, but if someone gives you grief over it…

…you might want to pinch them on March 17 whether they’re wearing green or not.

(I tried weaving it a different way – you’ll notice that one petal on the top of  my finished design is different – but didn’t like the look as much as this method. However, I didn’t dislike it enough not to use it….all petals are different in nature, right?)


ribbon shamrock collage with sewmccool 2

Repeat this process with the remaining ribbon sets, forming 3 shamrock petals.

three ribbon shamrock leaves with sewmcool

Almost done making your woven ribbon shamrock!

Glue your three petals on top of a lined barrette, pinch clip, or pinback. As a final touch, glue a pretty button, bead or crystal in the middle! My affiliate Fire Mountain Gems and Beads is a great resource for pretties!

finished ribbon shamrock sewmccool

Enjoy the luck o’ the Irish! Please follow SewMcCool by e-mail (the link is at the top of the right-hand column) so you don’t miss any great ribbon and sewing tutorials!

(this tute is featured on the Flamingo Toes Linky Party!)

And if you enjoyed this tutorial, you’ll also love the woven ribbon heart tutorial – it’s crafted in a similar way! And hearts are good for year-round wear, too!



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  1. meghan says

    Hey There!

    We are having a Linky Party here http://ss1.us/a/dMkg1Te8 and are looking for St Patrick’s Day projects. I found your woven shamrock on craftgawker and think it is super cool! We are choosing 3 of our favorite projects, and those chosen will get $5 in Blitsy credits. Hopefully we see you at our party! :)


  2. says

    This is a great idea for St. Patrick’s Day. I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this tutorial from my website this week if you don’t mind.


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