This edition of She’s Crafty comes from my friend Jessica Resler. She’s a brand strategist with her own firm Muffin Cupcake, that specializes in creative solutions for emerging projects. She’s a style rebel and I love that about her. We both attended an afternoon wedding recently, and I was self conscious about wearing a short, all sequin dress that felt sooo disco for the daytime. And then Jessica walked in wearing this AMAZING floral party frock with mayjah shoulders and cutouts in the abdomen, and all I could do was smile. Perfection. So I asked her if she had any DIY secrets she’d like to share, and here’s what she said:
I started making first place ribbons 2 years ago and my favorite question when I’m wearing one out is, “what did you win a prize for?” I always say, “I won first place in life.” These pieces can be as colorful or monochromatic as you’d like and are perfect as jacket accessories or I love wearing them on headbands and as hair accessories. First place ribbons are a fun and easy craft to make and you can make one in the time it takes you to watch Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video 7 times.
- 1 yard grosgrain ribbon
- 2 pieces of 4” grosgrain ribbon
- 1 pin back
- 1 1”in diameter circle of tan felt
- 1 sewing needle
- 4 yards thread
- Awesome decorations
Fold in half and sew together the ends of 1 yard piece of grosgrain ribbon, either by hand or using a sewing machine. If you sew the ribbon with a machine then use your button side seam setting to get a finished look. Flip the ribbon inside out and sew by hand or on a machine a straight stitch to really complete the seam work.
Cut about a 2 yard length of thread and double thread it through the needle, knotting it on one end. Take the grosgrain ribbon and begin sewing stitches by hand on the outside perimeter of the ribbon. The stitches should be approx. 3 centimeters apart and even. Sew all the way around your ribbon but leave the the thread attached and loose.
Pull the thread so that the ribbon bunches together and pulls in the center. Tie a knot near the seam.
Cut a 1” diameter circle in your piece of felt. Sew the pin backing on to the center of the felt. Make sure you sew through each hole twice so that the pin is reinforced on the felt.
Take your 2 extra pieces of grosgrain ribbon and fold one in half and cut from edge to the center in a 45 degree angle. Repeat on ribbon end 2.
Lay your ribbon pieces onto the reverse side of the felt lay your pulled ribbon over the ribbon ends and felt, with the pin facing the back. Take your hand stitch needle and put the knotted side through the felt side first so that it doesn’t show in your final product. Start sewing through the ribbon, end pieces and felt back until you make it all the way around the circle. Use small stitches and go right through all layers, adjusting as you go so that the ribbon pleats are even around the circle.
Pick your awesome decorations and begin sewing them on. This is the fun part! When you sew on your decorations, go from bottom layer to top and sew them through the pin hole backing so that again you have a nice clean product in the end.
Photos by Vito Fun
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