step 1 / Using your rotary cutter, cut a piece of fabric and freezer paper that is precisely 8.5×11 inches. It is very important that these pieces be cut exactly so that they will run properly through your printer! Use your iron on a cotton setting with no steam to iron the freezer paper to the back side of your fabric, making sure the shiny side of your freezer paper is touching the fabric.
step 2 / (If using the provided downloadable PDF files, skip ahead to step 3.) Create a document using your word processing software with the wording you wish to appear on your ribbon. Make sure the page has a landscape orientation and that there is a bit of space between each row for trimming. For 1-inch-wide ribbon, you will need 8 rows of wording.
step 3 / Place your assembled fabric/freezer paper piece into your computer printer so that the image will print onto the fabric side of the piece. Print your wording onto your sheet, and leave the freezer paper backing attached.
step 4 / (This is how the templates I’ve provided should be trimmed. If you’ve created your own, you’ll have to trim according to your particular margins, etc.) Starting at the bottom edge of your page, trim 1/4″ from this bottom edge. Now, trim strips that are 1″ wide, so that your wording is centered in each strip. When you reach the top row of wording, trim the top of this piece so it is precisely 1 inch wide. Remove the freezer paper from the back of your strips.
step 5 / Overlap the ends of your strips and sew together using a zig-zag stitch. For a new-sew option, you can also use fabric glue for this step.
Your ribbon is ready to embellish any package that strikes your fancy!
Something that I think would also be really cute would be to use a pinking blade in your rotary cutter when trimming your strips.
In addition to the ribbon using the provided templates, I also made a personalized version with my son’s name. I love the idea of using this ribbon with each child’s name in lieu of gift tags this year!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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