Thursday, January 20, 2011

Etceteras: homemade ribbon

I received a gift at Christmas that was wrapped with beautiful pink and red variegated ribbon. I saved it, rolled it up and put it in my ribbon jar. It would be perfect for wrapping Valentine goodies but I don’t have enough.

Solution… make your own ribbon. Ideally, if I do this again, I’ll buy a spool of white grosgrain ribbon. For now, I went a little more homespun and used white cotton fabric strips – raw edges and all.

To make this variegated ribbon, I cut strips of white fabric and rolled them up. I dipped one end of the roll in a small bowl filled with water and red food coloring. Once the food coloring started to bleed up the fabric roll, I took it out and placed the roll in a tin pan. I dripped undiluted food coloring onto the roll and let that bleed into the fabric. I unrolled the strips and let them dry.

I’ll use this ribbon on cello bags filled with Valentine goodies and other small packages.

I also used this ribbon on a fun craft project. Come back tomorrow and check it out.

This project is linked at the following:

   A Crafty Soiree Party Button giveaways Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom


  1. I enjoy reading your blog so much! You are full of gorgeous ideas!

  2. Very cool idea. I would never have thought of this. Come check me out at Ninth Street Notions sometime, if you'd like.

  3. such a personal touch for embellishment! love it. :)

  4. Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    Greetings, ines

  5. That is such clever idea - and it is a great idea to match the colors so nicely.

  6. I love this tutorial! I am going to have to try this as a cost effective method to my packaging process. I posted this on my Facebook and blog. That's how much I love it.

  7. Very sweet! What a great solution! Fabulous job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  8. Homemade in such a lovely way! And I love LOVE the wreath you made too- I am making one tonight with the kids to get ready for V day. :)
    thanks for sharing!

  9. Cute idea!!

    Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday!

  10. Really lovely and I love the shade you picked to die your handmade ribbon!

  11. Your ribbon is so pretty. This is an excellent idea!


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