Our budget is extremely tight this year, but I still want to decorate and make gifts, and one day a couple of weeks ago I had this great idea to use the cotton muslin I had in my stash and make some muslin ribbons (wound on the spools) for a gift. They are very easy to make and uses few 'ingredients' to make some pretty ribbons ...
- cotton muslin, preferably cut into 1 yard lengths
- holiday themed stamps (and an acrylic block if you are using unmounted stamps)
- pigment inks
Next, lay your strip of fabric out flat and get out your stamps and inks. Use whatever designs, words, etc. that you want. If you have some mini alpha stamps you could even make a personalized ribbon for each person on your list! On the picture above I used the sentiment "May Your Holidays Be Merry and Bright". If you have small stamps you can put several together like this ...
Once you have your ribbons stamped, you can wind them onto cute thread spools, or just wrap them around a tag or piece of card stock. I even covered some buttons and attached them to some printouts of some vintage button cards to match the ribbon. A bow with a matching ribbon on top would be a really special way of embellishing a gift.
Buttons for covering can be found at your local fabric store, but I ordered a big bag of them a couple of years ago from an ebay vendor. I simply stamped images on the muslin and covered them according to the manufacturer's directions.
I also made some more prim / shabby styled ribbons and buttons that are on my Etsy shop for sale right now. You can click on the image in the first column to the right if you are interested.
These ribbons and buttons are reusable and could be used for years, and that is good for the planet! Thanks so much for visiting today, and I hope you enjoyed my project for the Anything But a Card challenge!