Saturday 10 October 2009

Recycle those ribbon scraps!!

I’ve seen this done on YouTube by a lady called JewelsPaperJewels and thought it was a fantastic way to use all those ribbon scraps that you have left over (I tend to over estimate how much I need and if the ribbon is going on my first layer I don’t wrap it right around, shhhh!!)

The lady on the video can probably demonstrate this better than I can but here goes:

As I mentioned, I often wrap the loose ends around the back of my first layer. Then, I have these scraps left over. I’d say, approx. 1 1/2” is best to use for this technique.

Cut another length of ribbon (or use another scrap if you have one long enough) and loop over, I always go left over right – so it’s easier to follow I’ve marked the left end with a pink dot. Then you’re left with something that reminds me of the Breast Cancer Care ribbon.

Then, if you did it the same as me with left over right, you take the pink dotted end now on the right, and tuck it up through the loop keeping the ribbon flat.

Then lay it flat on the work surface. It’s hard to see from the pictures but basically, where my thumb is in the picture above, that part has been put flat against the paper. Then tighten slightly by pulling on the ends but keep the knot open (see below)

Next, feed a scrap piece of ribbon keeping it flat through the loop you have just made.

And tighten !!

Then just trim nicely and voila!!

You can use different colours or even double up your scraps.

Happy recycling !

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial x


Julie Allain said...

Fantastic Nicci,

I waste so much ribbon so this is definitely a great tutorial for me and I'll definitely give it a try :)

Merry said...

Thanks for this info....I have a small bag of these offcuts because I knew one day I would use them.

Dreamgirl said...

Great tip!

Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Wishing you a great weekend!

Yani said...

What a great tip! Can't wait to give it a try ;-)

Anne said...

Fantastic tip, I'll definitely use this one
Anne x

Lesley Edmonds said...

O have SO MANY scraps of ribbon I'm loathe to throw away so this tip is fab for me. Thanks
Lesley x

Edzia said...

Thanks for the idea - useful:)

Monica-FC said...

how cool is this and a nice way to use scrap of ribbon to boot. love this idea and will have to try this out. thank you so much.

Anne Harada said...

Brilliant! TFS!!

Rihani said...

Great idea!! said...

Great idea, I never throw anything away but I don't always have the answer of what to do with my scraps so thank you for this one!
Please have a look at my blog. I only have 2 followers, myself and my husband who is only being supportive and would love to know I am communicating with someone else! Who's crafting mad and also wants to help save the planet! Cheers!

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

What a fantastic way to use up all those ribbon bits. And gorgeous finished results. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!