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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ribbon Magic----Make your Favorite Ribbon Wider to Make a Belt or other Craft Project

Here's a little trick if you have a beautiful ribbon that is not wide enough for your project. You only need 5 items for this trick. This is our Burberry inspired plaid. It's a very popular ribbon and can easily be made into a belt.

It comes in two widths--5/8 inch and 1 inch along with its cousins blueberry and raspberry plaid.

To make the ribbon wider  you will need:
Stitch Witchery
  • Your ribbon(s) of choice.
  • Wider blending or contrasting ribbon in the wider width you want to end up with.  We suggest Grosgrain or Lyon taffeta ribbon.
  • Scissors.
  • A fusible bond such as Heat and Bond or Stitch Witchery brand, available at most craft stores, and/or a sewing machine.
  •  iron (if using fusible heat and bond webbing).

Here are some examples of what the 1 inch width  Burberry inspired plaid ribbon looks like stitched, or "stitch-witcheried"onto a 1-1/2 inch length of grosgrain ribbon.

 Notice by using a different colored background the look changes. You may want to use lighter colors for spring and summer.

The spools of fusible webbing give directions that are easy to follow but if  your finished project will be worn and laundered, you may want to consider sewing the ribbons together.  Most of the ribbons on our site are 100% washable. 

Creativity abounds using this method, you may want to use several lengths of a narrower ribbon such as the Blueberry Plaid used on the tan grosgrain to create a belt. When making my belts, I use the Stitch Witchery, and then stitch with the machine.

Some additional info that my be helpful.
The fusible bond may ooze out onto your ironing board, use a cloth to protect your ironing board.
Fusible bond comes in several widths, it can also be easily cut.
If using both a fusible bond and sewing, you may need a heavier needle on your machine to handle the bulk of the project.

As always, if you make any of our crafts, we can post your photos on our Facebook page. 


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