Friday, August 31, 2012

Woven Ribbon Headband Tutorial


Hi everyone. 


Today I have a video tutorial for you for woven ribbon headbands using ribbon and supplies from Really Reasonable Ribbon


I’ve been promising this video for a while and I finally have it done.  My video editing needs some work, but I think it’s good enough to give you an idea of how to make them.  My oldest son had the nerve to grow up, get a job and move out without any consideration for my video editing needs if you can believe that.  This is why it’s been 2 years since my last video.  If you did not see it, be sure to take a look at my Military Braid Tutorial where I made a pair of fun flip flops.  I’m not of the generation that is born with the knowledge to run all computer programs, so you’ll have to bear with me for now.  🙂  I’m sure my skills will improve once I have a few videos under my belt.


First I have the video for you below.  Then beneath that, I will show you some other headband samples I made.  I encourage you to give this project a try.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite easy.




Here is my adorable niece modeling a headband I made with 3/8″ double-faced satin using a 1/2″ child size headband.  This size headband is probably ideal for girls up to age 7 or 8.  It’s a bit shorter end to end when their heads are still a bit smaller.


Here is a set I made with a 1/2″ child size headband and an 18″ doll headband.  These are fun gift ideas so your little girl had a matching headband for her favorite doll.  The larger child sized headband is made with 3/8″ grosgrain and the doll sized headband is made with 1/4″ grosgrain.

Here is an American Girl doll that belongs to my other niece modeling a doll sized headband.  (Sorry, I couldn’t seem to get my niece and the doll at my house at the same time for a photo of both of them together.)

Below are some additional headband samples.  You can make so many variations just by varying the starting ribbon positions or using printed ribbon.  A headband woven with just one color ribbon is also very nice.



The white headband below is made with 3/8″ white satin with grosgrain edge ribbon and would be lovely for a 1st communion or even a flower girl at a wedding.

This final headband is a 1/4″ headband and I used 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon.  I love the smaller profile of this width of headband.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and you have success making your own headbands.  They are wonderful for holiday gifts or to sell at holiday craft fairs.


If you give this a try, we would love to have you share your finished projects on the RRR Facebook page. 


If you have any questions or problems, I’d be happy to help if I can.  Just be sure to leave an email address so I can answer you if your blogger account does not have an email link.


~ Bonnie ~


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Purple Pizazz with Ribbon Theme

It’s time for a fun new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The theme for Challenge #54 is Purple Pizazz with Ribbon or Trim.

This card uses The Deconstructed Sketch #64.  I just love their sketches!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Grape Checkerboard Satin from the Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps:  Quietfire Designs
Paper: Misc scraps from my stash
Other:  Pearls, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder Dies, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Monday, August 13, 2012

RRR August Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR August Blog Hop. 

If you arrived here from Linda’s awesome blog, you are on the right track.  If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is a great mix of grape and grey.  I am a big fan of purple and I just love this combo!  Well, since I put the assortment together, I guess that’s a given.  🙂    This month includes 8 fun styles and a total of 16 yards of ribbon.

So, I was brainstorming for something new to do, and I remembered this fun gathered ribbon I saw a while back.  No better time than the present to give it a try.

Great look, huh!!! 
When I was making the gathered ribbon piece for the card I realized it would be a great look for a hair clip too, so I made an extra short piece of gathered ribbon.

I added a pretty ribbon flower made from the satin swiss dots and sheer grey crosshatch ribbon from the monthly assortment.  The bow and the gathered ribbon strip is made using the grape checkerboard ribbon.

The little hair clip is a 3-1/2″ piece of gathered ribbon glued to a 60mm french clip.  I topped it with a pretty ribbon flower made using the metal grey checkerboard satin and the grape shimmer satin.  It’s topped with a cute brad and I added a tiny piece of white feather behind it.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I gathered the ribbon.

1.  You will need a piece of ribbon approximately 4-5 times the length of your finished piece.  It really depends how tight you want the gathers to be.  For the card I started with a 20″ piece of ribbon to end up with a piece approximately 5-1/2″ wide.  Be sure to seal the ends of the ribbon with either a lighter or fray-check before you begin.  Since I selected the checkerboard ribbon, I did not make any marks on my ribbon.  I just followed the check pattern on the ribbon.  If you use a plain ribbon, just mark your ribbon evenly across the width so your gathers will be even.  Stitch in a zig zag pattern all the way across your ribbon length.  Be sure to keep your stitches neat and uniform in length.  This will give you a better finished look.  (For your piece, select a thread that matches your ribbon.  I used the dark blue so you could see my stitches.)

2.  Begin to gently gather your ribbon. 

3.  Once your have the ribbon gathered to the fullness you desire, take a few small stay-stitches at the end, on the back.  Bury both ends of the thread in the back of the piece. 
This is the finished piece for the french clip which I attached using E6000 glue.

This is the finished piece for my card.  I adhered the gathered ribbon to my card using 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

And these are the finished pieces.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you like my projects, please sign on as a follower.
Your next stop is Heidi’s wonderful blog. 
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
~ Bonnie ~
Supplies used:
Ribbon: August Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp:  Quitefire Designs
Paper:  Design Paper from Recollections and plain card stock from my stash
Adhesives:  Scor-Tape and E6000
Misc:  60mm French Clip, Pearls, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder nestabilities, Flower brad from Queen & Co, small piece of white feather