Ribbon Weave Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

Ribbon weaving is an activity which is used in many different crafts, from home decor to clothes, jewellery, paper craft and accessories. It is a simple process which adds a touch of class and colour to any project, and is quite relaxing to do. You can use any variety of ribbons to ribbon weave, and the only limit is your imagination.

Cut 20 ribbon lengths to the desired length. This can be any length which your project requires. For example, a pillow would require ribbon lengths between 16 and 21 inches.

Lay 10 lengths of ribbon vertically, side by side. The patterned side of the ribbon should be facing forward.

Attach a safety pin to the end of one of the other ribbons.

Weave the ribbon horizontally through the vertical strips, using the safety pin to pull the ribbon.

Slide the ribbon to the top, and remove the safety pin.

Repeat for the other nine ribbons, so you end up with 10 vertical ribbons and 10 horizontal ribbons. Ensure the weaving alternates for each ribbon, so the second ribbon goes under where the first and third go over.

Trim the ribbon lengths if necessary.


If you are attaching the weave to fabric, lay the ribbons on fabric and stitch the 10 vertical lengths into place at the top and bottom before adding horizontal ribbons. These can be stitched at the end.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbons
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
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