How to Make Autism Awareness Ribbons

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How to Make Autism Awareness Ribbons
The puzzle piece ribbon pattern represents Autism Spectrum Disorders including: Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified, and Rhett's Syndrome. (jelly puzzle pieces image by robert mobley from

Autism Awareness Ribbons are patterned with brightly coloured puzzle pieces, usually in the primary colours of red, blue, and yellow. These puzzle pieces are a symbol of the information that is still unclear, or unknown, about Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as the complexity of these disorders. Puzzle-patterned ribbon can be purchased through many craft or fabric stores. This ribbon can be used to create Autism awareness ribbons and signal hope for individuals with ASD.

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Things you need

  • 3 inches of puzzle-patterned ribbon, per pin
  • Craft glue
  • 1 small safety pin, per pin
  • Sewing needle
  • Length of coordinating thread

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  1. 1

    Lay a 3-inch piece of puzzle-patterned ribbon flat with the puzzle-piece design facing up.

  2. 2

    Grasp the left end of ribbon and fold it perpendicular to the remaining length. The ends should cross at approximately the halfway point, forming a loop with two tails.

  3. 3

    Place a drop of glue on the back of the top piece where the ribbon crosses to secure the loop and tails.

  4. 4

    Pinch and hold the loop until the glue has secured, generally for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  5. 5

    Lay the ribbon loop down. Place an opened safety pin on the back of the ribbon loop with the solid side to the right.

  6. 6

    Thread the needle and knot the end of the thread. Push the needle through the ribbon loop, slightly to the right of the safety pin.

  7. 7

    Push the needle back through the ribbon to the back and stitch over the solid side of the safety pin. Repeat the front-to-back stitch several times until the pin is secured to the ribbon loop.

  8. 8

    Knot the thread tightly to the pin and clip the ends of the thread, leaving approximately 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch of thread behind the knot to keep the knot from untying. The ribbon can now be secured to clothing or other items with the safety pin.

Tips and warnings

  • Using a fray-reducing product on the ends of the ribbon will keep the ribbon secure for longer. Craft glue applied lightly to the ends also can be used to harden the ends of the ribbon and keep it from fraying.

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