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Ruffled Ribbon Trim Technique – Lisa Johnson

This post is courtesy of Lisa Johnson. Click here to see her complete post, which includes pictures of cards she has done using this technique. I can’t wait to try this one…. Mine won’t be nearly as good as hers though, I warn you…

Sewing is HUGE on cards these days… But it’s not for everyone. Many don’t have a machine or just plain are “allergic” to sewing however may still want some of that same look that you can get. A couple of those same fun things can be achieved by a few tricks! While playing with my Papertrey Ink Saddle Stitch ribbon I remembered something I made in my youth… something with gathering. (I think it was an attempt at a skirt. LOL!) That is the inspiration for this no-sew ribbon trim project!

So… how about learning how to do some quick gathering tricks with this awesome ribbon. You would have giggled at me if you were a fly on the wall when I started playing with this concept. I had every color out and was scrunching my heart out… it was so addictive. Here is how easy it is…

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(I used bright colors to show you because of the contrast) First…. it’s hard to trim the ribbon to the exact needed length right from the start¬† because of the gathering…so you will need to cut a larger piece than you think you will need. Next, lift out the end of the thread from ONE side of the ribbon (do this on both ends ) and gently start scrunching the ribbon into the middle.

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I used sticky tape style adhesive here to adhere it to the cardstock.

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After it’s on you can form it a little to give it some continuity. (wrap the ends around the back of the cardstock and tape it to secure the side… or use a liquid glue to secure the end so that the stitch doesn’t come out… use fray check on the ends if you do that though)

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