Ribbon crafting is fun and full of variety. Ribbon runs the gamut when it comes to versatility. If your project needs a touch of color, the interest of different textures or the flexibility to hold shapes and meet design specifications, then there is an Offray ribbon for you. As my favorite ribbon maker, Offray brand makes all my projects a blue-ribbon affair.
A Ribbon for All Seasons
Using ribbon for projects is as familiar as the seasons for all the right reasons. Think of:
- The Fourth of July
- Valentine’s Day
- New Year’s Day
Ribbon is also used for weddings and baby showers, but they are not limited to such accents as bows and wrapping for packages. For more amazing applications, you need to think outside the gift box.
Abundant Ribbon Selection
Ribbon comes in a range of widths and a whole host of materials. This makes it the optimal choice for a series of projects that are both fun to do and interesting enough to entertain all ages.
Ribbon is used for:
- No-sew projects such as pillows, drapes and lampshades
- Trim or narrows using thin-width ribbon as embellishment on gifts, in scrapbooking, on corsages and boutonnieres
- Wide 2-inch ribbon, most commonly used for bow-making, is often used on wreaths and garlands
- Wider 4-inch ribbon, often seen in upscale floral designs, are also used to make over-sized bows
If you have a project that needs color, flair, imagination or style, there is a ribbon to suit every purpose. In addition to the silks and satins, there are also ribbons that come in sheers, brocade, jacquard, grosgrain, burlap, velvet, taffeta, tulle and so much more. Many are double-sided while others have a right and a wrong side.
Easy Floral Wreaths
One of my favorite easy-to-make projects is a simple floral wreath with ribbon down the back. I start with:
- Green floral wire
- Artificial flowers of your choosing – I like the small ones for delicacy
- Thin ribbon in many colors
- Glue gun
You use one or more of the artificial floral branches to form the ring as they have wire in them for shaping. Popping out some of the buds and replacing them with alternate flower blossoms adds variety. Shopping for stems with lovely leaf shapes adds a robust quality to the wreath. Ribbon may be laced through the wreath and trailed down the back. Place these wreaths atop the heads of young girls in flowing dresses, and you have a team of angels lightly skipping in the springtime.
Spruce Up the Room
With some vibrant ribbon accents and some fabric glue, you can introduce new design into your home décor. You could also try some iron-on hem tape to adhere ribbon to curtains, pillows or lampshades for something new and different. Ribbons made from natural fibers such as jute, hemp or ramie work beautifully with other natural fibers. What is more, they are not susceptible to heat the way the synthetic ribbons may suffer.
Create a striking tattersall pattern combining two ribbon widths. You will need:
- A yardstick
- Straight pins
- A pair of scissors
Spread the plain cotton curtain panels on a flat surface and mark evenly spaced pane-like squares. Cut the iron-on hem tape to the same lengths as the ribbon, or apply fabric glue. Space the two different-sized ribbons apart by the same width as the thinner one. Use the pins to temporarily hold placement. This is a simple and satisfying project to accomplish.
These are just some of the ideas of how easy it is to craft anything with ribbon. Once you get started, you just keep coming up with more ideas. Become adventurous and see where it takes you.
Bio: This guest post was contributed by The Ribbon Retreat, located in Idaho. The Ribbon Retreat offers a large selection of ribbon and crafting supplies such as jacquard ribbon, grosgrain ribbon and fold over elastic.