Yes, as a matter of fact, I do think that making your own fringed ribbon is worthy of an exclamation mark. And if you’re going to make your own fringed ribbon, you also need to learn how to make a bow. Let’s do this.
So here’s how this happened: a few years ago I bought the most beautiful ribbon in the world. The kind of ribbon you just can’t stop thinking about. If you could date ribbon, you would have brought this one home to meet your parents and pick out an overpriced set of china.
Which would ultimately end up on a fold out table on the driveway during a divorce garage sale. But still. It was a NICE ribbon while it lasted.
Gold and blue plaid with fluffy gold fringe along the edges. It was very hunt club meets Michaels craft store.
That was the ribbon that inspired this one.
I don’t know if you know how expensive ribbon is, but it’s somewhere between the price of a book and a human ear, depending on how many presents you need to wrap.
This year I just wanted a simple fringed, velvet ribbon but I couldn’t find any. It was either too expensive or it just looked cheap, hard and crinkly.
I wanted a velvet ribbon that draped like it was once wrapped around the neck of a Russian Wolfhound which was a gift from the lord to his hunt master. In the year 1810. And a half.
I achieved this by:
Making fringed ribbon from a bolt of fabric.
I happened to have a bolt of red velvet fabric, because my home is the house equivalent of a magicians hat. You can pull all manner of surprising things out of it. Including sometimes dead things.
But you don’t need an entire bolt, you can just buy a couple of meters of velvet from a fabric store.
Making fringed ribbon.
- “Cut” your fabric widthwise to the width you want your ribbon. To do this, just snip a small bit with your scissors …
2. Then hold the fabric in both hands and pull. The fabric will tear in a perfectly straight line.
3. Cut or tear the salvage edges off. Those are the edges on either side of the fabric that are finished.
4. Pick away some loose threads from the top of the strip of ribbon and pull them away.
This is what creates the fringe. You’re pulling away part of the woven fabric.
Continue to do this until you have the size of fringe you want.
You did it. You made fringed ribbon.
Now you need to know what to do with it.
How to make a bow out of Ribbon.
Don’t worry. There’s a video coming too.
- Take 2 strips of ribbon each approximately 24″ long. Mine were 30″. Thinner strips of ribbon will need less length.
The wider your ribbon, the bigger the bow, the more length of fabric you need.
2. Pinch one ribbon so folded approximately in half. This will be the tails of your ribbon.
3. With the other length of ribbon, fold over enough ribbon to make one bow loop. Eyeball it, but for a 3.5-4″ wide ribbon like mine the loop will be folded over by about 5″.
4. With right side of fabric facing you pinch the ribbon with your fingers to establish your first loop. Make sure you’re grabbing just above the bottom edge of the loop on the backside.
5. With the right side of the fabric still facing you, using your other hand pinch the fabric again, and twist it 180 degrees. Beneath your first loop, the wrong side of the fabric will be facing you now.
6. Fold the fabric over to create another 6″ loop. Once you fold it up the right side of the fabric will be facing up once again.
7. Pinch and hold that loop along with the first one. Now you’re left with several inches of fabric for the middle bow loop.
8. Twist the remaining fabric 180 degrees like before and tuck the remaining fabric into the centre to make a small loop.
Get that wolfhound into the house, it’s almost time – you’ve now formed the bow!
All you have to do is add the tails.
9. Still pinching the bow together with your fingers (you’ll know if you’re doing it right if your fingers are threatening to cramp up), stick your thumb through the centre loop and grab the tails by the centre fold.
10. Run a pipe cleaner through the centre loop, pull the ends to the back of the bow, pinch it hard and twist to tighten around the entire centre of the bow.
11. Fluff, adjust, push and pull until your bow is how you like it.
I like straight cut ends on my bows, but you can cut the ends into a V, or on an angle.
Wanna see how that’s done in video format? I thought you might.
But really what I made them for was wrapping presents and attracting lords.