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Old 08-21-2010, 10:44
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Default Ribbon from fabric?

Maybe this is a stupid question but I am going to ask it anyway. Has anyone ever made "ribbon" Out of Fabric? I'm asking due to the fact I live in middle of nowwhereville and I was thinking of buying some Holiday Fabric and making my own ribbon.
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Default Re: Ribbon from fabric?

I would imagine it'd be similar to making like a bias tape out of strips of fabric, folding the fabric over onto itself and ironing creases into it...not sure how easy it would be to work with though in terms of pliability, KWIM? It'd be a lot thicker than ribbon would be...definitely has cute possibilities though!
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I've done it in the past, but consider it more of a craft ribbon than a hair bow ribbon. Made bows for special gifts, and for a "ribbon-look-alike" for an outfit. But it's time consuming for every day use. I'd first use sizing [not starch] on the fabric til it's really stiff, then cut it into strips and tie a bow. For an outfit, I'd size the fabric for easier sewing. Cut it into strips and serge the edges. Sew the edges to the outfit and when washed, the whole thing is soft, the sizing washes right out.
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Awesome!
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I've done it in the past, but consider it more of a craft ribbon than a hair bow ribbon. Made bows for special gifts, and for a "ribbon-look-alike" for an outfit. But it's time consuming for every day use. I'd first use sizing [not starch] on the fabric til it's really stiff, then cut it into strips and tie a bow. For an outfit, I'd size the fabric for easier sewing. Cut it into strips and serge the edges. Sew the edges to the outfit and when washed, the whole thing is soft, the sizing washes right out.

Thank you so much
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I just recently made a tractor themed bottle cap bow with strips of denim instead of ribbon for the spikes and loops. I posted a picture in another forum, but I'll post it again here for you. I found the hardest thing was just getting a straight cut of the fabric because I was using old jeans! lol But, if you are using actually fabric that hasn't already been sewn into something else, then you shouldn't have a problem. I starched and ironed it like CRAZY, until it was quite stiff, and then used fray check on the edges. I suppose with a thinner fabric you could hem the edges for a more finished look, but depending on how you use it in the bow, you may see the underside of it. You may want to think about sewing two pieces, wrong sides together. That way both sides will look finished. If you try it, definitely let us know how it goes!!! Great possibilities for perfectly matching custom made outfits---if it works!
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I just recently made a tractor themed bottle cap bow with strips of denim instead of ribbon for the spikes and loops. I posted a picture in another forum, but I'll post it again here for you. I found the hardest thing was just getting a straight cut of the fabric because I was using old jeans! lol But, if you are using actually fabric that hasn't already been sewn into something else, then you shouldn't have a problem. I starched and ironed it like CRAZY, until it was quite stiff, and then used fray check on the edges. I suppose with a thinner fabric you could hem the edges for a more finished look, but depending on how you use it in the bow, you may see the underside of it. You may want to think about sewing two pieces, wrong sides together. That way both sides will look finished. If you try it, definitely let us know how it goes!!! Great possibilities for perfectly matching custom made outfits---if it works!
Thats really cute!!

I'm thinking about trying it in the next couple weeks if I have some free time. I know it will take some time to do but i will def post some pics if i ever get it to do what i want. Thanks!
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