itaSTYLE: Hollow Base Rosette Tutorial

itaSTYLE: Hollow Base Rosette Tutorial


Disclaimer: Please have parental guidance/supervision if you are underage when using a glue gun and grill lighter.

(We cannot be held responsible if your fingers become cooked sausages. 😥)


Rosettes are a beautiful way to fill space in your itabag with style. I'm talking to you folks, including myself, who are into fandoms that don't have much merch swimming around: official or fan made. It's a troublesome life having taste no one else understands. Besides filling space, it's an eye catcher to the people who will see your bag. 

But how do you make them? It’s simple, really! With very minimal investment in materials and tools, in addition to time and effort, you too can have rosettes!

There are two common ways to make rosettes. One where you create a hollow base and the other way is baseless. There are pros and cons to each, and in this tutorial I will go over hollow base rosettes!

Materials You'll Need

❗ After using foam in this tutorial, I found it easily tears when trying to attach a can badge to the rosette. If you are planning on switching out can badges off your rosette often, felt would be a better option. If you plan on just keeping the same can badge on the rosette, it will be a fine choice to use foam.
❗ In this tutorial, I used a high temp glue gun. I did not find any noticeable warping or issues as the article mentioned. It's just a pain in the ass if you accidentally touch the hot glue when it's hot out of the gun versus the low temp is easier to touch.
*This tutorial is not sponsored by Michaels. I literally live right next to a Michaels so I often go there for any crafting.

Here are the circles I will be cutting out. I ended up making more circles than I needed as stated for the 2.25" circle. Be sure to make markings for the center of the circles. A circle template will have guides for that! This will help align the ribbon you will be gluing to these bases.

Imagine a rosette as a sandwich of ribbons between two pieces of foam - the base and top base. The badge will be pinned to the top base, and the main base will be pinned to whatever you decide to pin the rosette to.

You’ll want to make a main base that is roughly 0.5” inch wider in diameter than the badge itself. Likewise, you’ll want a 0.25” smaller diameter circle of foam for the top base than the badge itself. The top base has to hide behind the badge so cutting the same size as the badge will not cut it as it will peek out from the sides.

In the end, I cut a 2” diameter foam circle for the top base and a 2.75” diameter circle for the main base. I am using a 54mm can badge which is roughly 2.25".

Next, we'll start working with the ribbon. I have picked out 3 types of ribbon of varying widths: 1½", ⅞", and ⅜". Feel free to choose sizes according to what fits for you. 

Let's start cutting the ribbons to turn into petals for the rosette. You'll be needing to cut out four pieces per ribbon you use for this tutorial. 

  • 1½" ➡️ Cut into 5" strips
  • ⅞" ➡️ Cut into 4" strips
  • ⅜"➡️ Cut into 3" strips.

Once you have all the pieces, we'll start forming them into petals! 

To turn the ribbon strips we just cut, dabble some hot glue on the tips to stick the ends together. Careful when pressing the tips together as the glue can be hot! Ta-dah! Look how nice they look. 

Grab your 2.75" main base. We'll be attaching the petals to the main base. Use your pencil to mark where to glue your petals. Remember the little markings you made before for the center points of the circle? This will help you align the center of your petals to the main base. Attach the thicker petals first, rotate 45 degrees, then repeat using the smaller ribbon. I decided to attach the thinnest ribbon on top of the yellow ribbon as shown above. 

With that, you're done with the staple of your rosette. You could stop here and slap on your top base, but we're gonna go a little extra! 😎😎😎

If you decided to be extra, we're going to assemble the top base! I really recommend getting something frilly here because it will stick out around the edges of your badge. The process for attaching is simple yet time consuming: glue, fold, and glue until you’ve surrounded the whole edge. If you're using lace trim, like I am here, be careful here when gluing as hot glue will seep through. Using finger guards mentioned in the materials list or using something else to pat down the lace trim down onto the hot glue will help.

Finally, flip that puppy over and glue it to the main base, on top of the petals. Notice how we left the center hollow? That’ll become really handy later on.

We got the body done for the rosette, now the tail! I'm going to use the thickest ribbon for the main ribbon for the tails. Tails you say? How many tails is involved? It depends on you! One set of tails may be enough but here, we are extra, remember? 😎

Now for the main tail, I am cutting two 8" strips of the thickest ribbon. Flip the ribbon (if it has a back side or choose a back side) and mark with your pencil an inch in. We're going to make a "V" tip. Fold in half and cut from the outer tip towards the fold at an angle to hit the 1" mark.

Woo! Look at how pretty those tips look. It would be a shame if they got messed up. Fear no more! Get out your grill lighter and singe the edges. Be careful not to burn yourself or your ribbon. A quick, swift gesture over the flame will seal the edges. If you leave it in the flame too long, you will melt too much. 

For the other ribbon, I cut out two 6" strips for the ⅞" ribbon and two 5" strips for the ⅜" ribbon. The 6" strips, I marked 1" to cut out the "V" tip, while I randomly cut out the "V" tip for the 5" strips. Your free to cut how deep or shallow you want your tips. 😉

Mark where you’d like to attach the tail, and glue it on! You can see how I messed up marking the back a few times. lol Depending on your rosette tail design, you can attach the ribbon pieces to each other first to make it easier.

We're pretty much near finish here. You'll be needing to glue on a bar pin to the back so you can attach this to your itabag. I decided to attach the bar pin near the top of the back of the rosette. I find it rests better when pinned to your itabag. 

Optionally, you can glue on another foam circle to seal and protect the back of the rosette. Then you can glue your bar pin. I used the extra 2.50" circle I cut out. I did say it was optional when I cut it out! 

As always, it wouldn't be a tutorial or blog post without me covering my badges with badge covers! Now to attach! You'll see how nice it is to pin through the top base since inside the rosette is hollow. 😏

Remember in the materials list I stated that felt would probably be better? Well here is the picture proof why. The can badge safety pin is a b!*ch to put on. I had to attach, detach, and attach again to get the angle right of the badge. Through that process, the foam started to rip. Felt is a material that takes tension better.

Attach your rosette to your bag and you’re done! Just look how much space it covers! Well it looks hella nice too. I attached these rosettes to the OTB Tote we used for our Jyushimatsu bag—Inspiration Station coming soon!

That concludes this article of itaSTYLE.
Stay roosted for our next issue! 

— Sonya from the Co-Kan Flock ♥

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