Ribbons, Bows, Pleats, Oh My!

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the tutorial today, it is time to announce the winner of the Really Reasonable Ribbon prize pack!

Jamie Larsen (Baby Blue Angel 30)!

Jamie, please contact Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon to claim your prize! (reallyreasonableribbon@gmail.com)

There was such a great response to the ribbon post on November 5th, and to the Really Reasonable Ribbon prize, that I decided to share two quick ribbon tutorials with you today. Keep in mind that you can use these techniques for cards, scrapbook pages, gift packaging, and more.

Here is the card containing the two ribbon techniques that I want to share with you.

I will show you how to create both the layered bow and the “no sew” ribbon pleats. You need a few supplies to get started. (For a full supply list, see the end of the post.)

Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
1/4″ Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)
Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Bow Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

We will begin by making the ribbon pleats. You will need a piece of cardstock onto which you’ll attach your ribbon pleats. I chose a stamped and matted image. My image is 2-3/8″x3-1/8″.

Turn your cardstock over and add a strip of Scor-Tape to the back edge where you wish to attach the ribbon. Add a strip of Scor-Tape to a length of ribbon approximately four times the length of the cardstock. If using single-sided ribbon, place adhesive on the back side of the ribbon.

Attach the ribbon to the cardstock and remove the paper liners. Begin folding the ribbon onto itself.

The ribbon will stick to the adhesive you placed on the cardstock. The adhesive you placed on the ribbon will cause each pleat to stick to the back of the ribbon. By folding the ribbon over, you will create pleats.

Continue to fold the ribbon until you reach the edge of the cardstock. Trim the end of the ribbon and fold it back to finish the last pleat.

Set your pleated item aside for later use. Create a card panel with a length of ribbon wrapped around the top edge. My panel is 3-1/2″x4-3/4″.

Use the Bow Easy Tool to create three bows. If you do not have a Bow Easy Tool, you may use another tool or tie bows by hand. Each finished bow should be approximately 2-3/4″ wide.

Now you are ready to make the sample card!

Create a 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ black top-fold card. Trim designer paper slightly smaller than the card and attach to the card front. Attach your panel with the strip of ribbon to the center of the card front. Using fabric glue, begin to glue your bows to the left edge of the ribbon strip.

For the sample, I glued a red bow, then a white bow, then another red bow, one on top of the other. I then glued a snowflake-shaped button to the top bow. If necessary, use a shank tool to remove the button shank. This technique allows you to create layered bows quickly and easily.

Attach foam tape to the side of your stamped image opposite the ribbon pleats and attach your pleated image to the front of the card.

Stamp a message on the inside of the card and add a strip of decorative paper.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Neenah Natural White
  • Authentique Festive Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Stamps:HamptonArt Stamps/Graphic 45 Santa’s List, JustRite Papercrafts Merry and Bright
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Nestabilities Classic Rectangles LG Dies
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Ribbons: Red Totally Twill, Moss Satin with Grosgrain Edge, White Seam Binding
  • White glitter snowflake button
  • Really Reasonable RibbonBow Easy Tool
  • Adhesive: Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner, foam tape

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to try these fun and easy ribbon techniques.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)


12 thoughts on “Ribbons, Bows, Pleats, Oh My!

    • I’m making a bunch of these right now for my two litlte princesses and I thought I’d share a tip. When working with a glue gun I use masking tape to secure a piece of parchment paper to my work surface so that I don’t have to scrape and peel the litlte dribbles off our dining room table (aka: my craft room!). Works for me!Thanks for this great craft idea!

  1. Oh Gloria, what a gorgeous Christmas card! Love the pleated ribbon (I never would have thought to add adhesive to the back of the ribbon too, but it makes perfect sense! Beautiful layered bow too!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

    • You’re very welcome, Amanda! I’m so glad you’ve been hnavig fun making hair clips! I have made so many, too {but have 2 boys}, so my nieces and daughters of my friends are benefiting from my new obsession. ~ Heidi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>