How to Ruche Ribbon

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How to Ruche Ribbon
To ruche ribbon, use a ribbon made of fabric. (ribbon rolls image by TekinT from

Ruching is the gathering of fabric. Fabrics can include lace, muslin or similar fine fabric. Ruched ribbon is often used to trim women's dresses, decorate doll clothing, and create hair ties known as scrunchies. No matter what the use, ruching ribbon is a relatively simple process. With a little bit of fastening, tension and patience, you can achieve this effect in no time.

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Things you need

  • Pin
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Tie a knot at the end of the piece of ribbon you want to ruche.

  2. 2

    Fasten the end of the ribbon with the knot to the work surface using a pin. A penetrable work surface is necessary, as you need to pin the ribbon down so it will not move.

  3. 3

    Cut a small slit into the centre of the ribbon at the opposite end (the end not secured). Fray the end a bit to expose the threads.

  4. 4

    Find the outer threads, and pull lightly to create some tension.

  5. 5

    Push the ribbon gently in the direction of the knot while holding the outer threads. Slide the ribbon back and forth until the desired look is achieved.

  6. 6

    Drop a bit of glue on to the frayed end when you have achieved the desired effect.

  7. 7

    Allow the glue to dry, and cut off any excess ribbon.

Tips and warnings

  • Wire and paper-like ribbons will not produce the ruched effect; therefore, use a ribbon made of fabric like cotton or silk.
  • For a penetrable work surface, try using a wooden cutting board, which someone can hold for you during the process.

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