Crafts With Ribbons

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Crafts With Ribbons
There are many different ways to use ribbon. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Ribbons are versatile crafting materials. They can be used to decorate gifts, to make ornaments and as trim for soft furnishings. Ribbons add a special touch to clothing and accessories; use them as trim or as ties and drawstrings. You can use ribbons in your beadwork and jewellery making. Ribbons also look good adorning scrapbooks and journals.

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Ribbon Flowers

You can simulate all kinds of flowers with ribbon, from roses and peonies to pansies and violets. Taffeta ribbon in ombre shades works well for flowers -- ombre ribbons shade from light to dark across their width. Use ribbon flowers to embellish your clothes and soft furnishings, or add stems and leaves to make a fantasy bouquet.

Weaving With Ribbon

Weaving and braiding ribbon can yield some attractive results. You can turn braided ribbon into hairbands or straps for bags and purses. Alternatively, braid ribbon in seasonal colours and use to enhance your holiday wreaths. Woven ribbon can look effective on a purse or sewn over a patch pocket. Weave ribbon using a thick paper backing, then hand or machine sew all over in a zigzag to secure your work.

Decorative Knots and Bows

Fancy bows take a little practice to master, but the results are rewarding. There are many different kinds of decorative bows, some made simply by tying the ribbon and others constructed from several elements glued or sewn together. Make hair ornaments from lavish pinwheel bows or sleek, elegant Dior bows. Make tiny ribbon bows to use on sachets or to embellish gift cards and book covers.

Journals and Scrapbooks

You can use ribbon to decorate your journals and scrapbooks. Stamp designs or text onto scraps of ribbon. Use ribbon to trim the edges of a cover or frame a photo. Make panels of woven ribbon and lace to cover your journal or scrapbook. Tie mini bows from scraps of ribbon or make tiny ribbon flowers to use as embellishments.

Knitting and Crochet

You can find ribbon yarn especially made for knitting and crochet. This ribbon is very narrow and quite strong. It has a luxurious quality and is great for loose, lacy patterns. Use ribbon yarn to make accessories such as scarves and shrugs.

Ribbon Embroidery

You can use fine, narrow ribbon for embroidery. Many basic embroidery stitches look wonderful worked in ribbon; create ribbon roses with lazy daisy and french knots or make leaves and vines with herringbone stitch. Use ribbon and embroidery floss together to create a range of different effects.

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