This is the second year that I've made the ribbons for my local quilt group's quilt show. This tutorial is for anyone else who may be making ribbons for a show or competition, and for me when I make them again next year and need to remember exactly how I did it. To make the ribbons, you will need the items shown at left, plus a few more.
This tutorial shows you how to make a ribbon that is roughly ____ tall and ___ wide at the rosette on top. The ribbon is made of five parts: rostette, yo-yo, streamers, button and pin clasp. I used scraps to make my ribbons, but they could also be made from a fat quarter of fabric.
- Clover XL "Quick Yo-Yo Maker"
- Dritz Cover Button Kit, size 60
- Hand-sewing supplies including a thimble, needle, thick thread, and scissors
- Fabric glue
- Glue gun
- 1" pin clasp
Making the Streamers
1. Sew your fabric for the front of the streamers together and press. If necessary, trim to 2.5" x10.5"
2. Put your streamer front together with the fabric for the back of your streamer. Make sure you have the rights sides together.
3. Sew along 3 sides of your streamer, leaving the top (short) end open.
Making the Rosettes
1. Fold your 4" x 20" piece of fabric in half the short way with wrong sides together and press. You will now have a piece of fabric that is 2" x 20".
2. Open the piece of fabric and fold in half the long way with right sides together. Pin and sew along the short edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.
5. Take your needle and a knotted piece of your thick thread and sew a running stitch along the open edge of the ring, about 1/4" from the edge of the fabric. Sew along the entire open edge of the ring of fabric. When you return to where you started sewing, sew 1 stitch that over laps your first stitch.
6. Gently but firmly pull on the end of the tread that is threaded thru the needle to create the rosette. Stitch a strong knot to hold the rosette together in the center where your running stitches are.
Assembling the Ribbon
To assemble the ribbon we are going to glue all of the piece together. I start with the button and work my way back to the pin clasp.
1. Put a ring of fabric glue on the back of the fabric-covered button and then put the button in the center of the yo-yo. I like to stick the metal loop on the back of the button inside the stitches for the yo-yo
2. Put a ring of glue around the center of the rosette and place the button/yo-yo on top of the rosette. Press and hold until the glue has set, about 30 seconds or so.