Folded Ribbon Stitch Tutorial


“My Girl” dress designed by Marian Sitko

Designed by Marian Sitko, this smocked silk dupioni gown featured in issue #70 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery makes the perfect little flower girl dress. The full bodice smocking design has a backsmocked band on the lower edge and a pretty smocked vine made of silk ribbon fuchsias, looped flowers and leaves decorates the design. The piped sleeves feature the same ribbon embroidery as the front of the dress, while self-cover buttons close the dress and a sash ties at the back. Follow this step-by-step tutorial from AS&E to learn how to create the folded ribbon stitch, which is used to create the leaves on this design, and be sure to check out issue #70 of AS&E for the complete guide to sewing this darling dress in sizes 3, 5 and 7 years:


The folded ribbon stitch is used to create the leaves on the bodice of this design.

Step-by-Step Folded Ribbon Stitch
Folded ribbon stitch is a variation of ribbon stitch. In “My Girl,” the ribbon is couched to the left and to the right for the leaves. Contrasting thread has been used to couch the ribbon for photographic purposes.

Note: Splendor 3/16-inch silk ribbon was used for the folded ribbon stitch leaves on this design.


1. Bring the ribbon to the front at A.

2. Hold the ribbon flat on the fabric. Spread it by moving the needle behind while applying a slight upwards pressure.


3. Fold the ribbon under a short distance from the base of the stitch. Hold in place.

4. Take the needle to the back at B in the center of the ribbon at the position for the tip of the stitch.


5. Still holding the fold in place, begin to gently pull the ribbon through.

6. Pull until the ribbon folds back on itself at the tip and the edges curl.


7. Couch the ribbon to the pleat at the fold with matching thread.

8. Completed folded ribbon stitch leaf.

Check out issue #70 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery for the complete patten and instructions for the “My Girl” dress. This edition of the magazine includes a total of seven patterns for girls, plus a pattern for an adorable tooth fairy cushion. Explore more AS&E patterns and magazine issues and patterns here!

Happy Sewing,