Ribbon has been used for centuries to adorn clothing and decorate pieces of art. It has been used in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek civilisations. At one point, the English Parliament tried to pass a law that would allow only the nobility to purchase and wear ribbon. Today ribbon is made of many different materials with various colours, patterns, and widths. Satin ribbon is used to embellish garments, flower arrangements and paper crafts.
Choose the ribbon that will work best for your project. Satin ribbon can be purchased at any craft or fabric store and comes in a variety of colours and widths.
Decide which type of glue you would like to use. Craft or fabric glues work best for gluing ribbon to fabric. These types of glue dry quickly and are clear once dry. Glue dots can be used to attach satin ribbon to paper. Glue dots will not soak through the ribbon and attach easily without a mess.
Lay some fabric or paper on a flat surface and smooth out all wrinkles. You may need to iron the fabric if it is especially crumpled.
Use scissors to cut ribbon to desired length. Lay your ribbon, face down, on a flat surface and use your fingers to smooth any bumps.
Dip a small paint brush into the fabric or craft glue and gently brush a thin layer onto the back side of the ribbon. If you are using glue dots, apply one dot every 1 to 2 inches along the length of your ribbon.
Pick up ribbon carefully; starting with one end lay it down on the fabric or paper. Run one hand along the ribbon pressing it firmly as you go to secure it in place.
Leave the project sitting still until the glue has dried. Trim any extra ribbon with scissors.