ok, soon as I stop rofl! Whew, back from the potty - laughed until I nearly wet my pants!
I just grab the end of the ribbon with an alligator clip and roll the clip between my finger and thumb. Ya' know... like we used the change channels on the tv in the old days???
Then I pull the clip out of the middle and use it on the outside of the roll to clip the ribbon to keep it from unwinding.
Great method for scraps or even a longer length of one ribbon, NOT great for trying to roll all my holiday ribbon, so I could sort it.
Thanks for the laugh(s)!!!! I could just see exactly what you meant. EVEN though I wasn't born until um, 70ish.