This homemade ribbon is a double win. I spent the afternoon making ribbon and, it put a little dent in the ol’ scrap bit. AND I’m no longer a slave to storebought ribbon! Hurrah!
It was one of those “AHA!” moments. As you know, I am a crazy hoarder of fabric scraps. I’m constantly looking for ways to use them up, and my scrap bin often has trouble closing because it’s so stuffed. At the same time, I go through quite a bit of ribbon. Each Lunch Kit that I make takes a little bit for wrapping up the napkins and utensils, and that adds up when I’m making lots and lots of them.
AHA! It turns out, you can make functional, coordinating, homemade ribbon with just two craft supplies! I love the look of it.
Not only is this pinked ribbon super-easy to make, you can cut it as skinny or as wide as you like! Here’s how.
Easy Homemade Ribbon
- a scrap of fabric that’s the length you’ll need.
- pinking shears
- tailors chalk and a ruler (optional)
- Decide on a width. If you’re not sure, 1/2″ works well. Now, either grab your tailor’s chalk and ruler,and draw the borders of your ribbon on the fabric or just eyeball and get trimming with those pinks!
- If the scrap you’re using is selvage, you only need to pink the unfinished edge, otherwise use the pinks on both edges.
- Use your pinks to trim the ends of your ribbon at an angle.
That’s it! You’re ribbon ready! The pinked edges will avoid fraying, and this ribbon lasts a lot longer than you’d think. It’s perfect for wrapping gifts.