Monday, August 13, 2012

RRR August Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR August Blog Hop. 

If you arrived here from Linda's awesome blog, you are on the right track.  If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is a great mix of grape and grey.  I am a big fan of purple and I just love this combo!  Well, since I put the assortment together, I guess that's a given.  :)    This month includes 8 fun styles and a total of 16 yards of ribbon.

So, I was brainstorming for something new to do, and I remembered this fun gathered ribbon I saw a while back.  No better time than the present to give it a try.

Great look, huh!!! 
When I was making the gathered ribbon piece for the card I realized it would be a great look for a hair clip too, so I made an extra short piece of gathered ribbon.

I added a pretty ribbon flower made from the satin swiss dots and sheer grey crosshatch ribbon from the monthly assortment.  The bow and the gathered ribbon strip is made using the grape checkerboard ribbon.

The little hair clip is a 3-1/2" piece of gathered ribbon glued to a 60mm french clip.  I topped it with a pretty ribbon flower made using the metal grey checkerboard satin and the grape shimmer satin.  It's topped with a cute brad and I added a tiny piece of white feather behind it.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I gathered the ribbon.

1.  You will need a piece of ribbon approximately 4-5 times the length of your finished piece.  It really depends how tight you want the gathers to be.  For the card I started with a 20" piece of ribbon to end up with a piece approximately 5-1/2" wide.  Be sure to seal the ends of the ribbon with either a lighter or fray-check before you begin.  Since I selected the checkerboard ribbon, I did not make any marks on my ribbon.  I just followed the check pattern on the ribbon.  If you use a plain ribbon, just mark your ribbon evenly across the width so your gathers will be even.  Stitch in a zig zag pattern all the way across your ribbon length.  Be sure to keep your stitches neat and uniform in length.  This will give you a better finished look.  (For your piece, select a thread that matches your ribbon.  I used the dark blue so you could see my stitches.)

2.  Begin to gently gather your ribbon. 

3.  Once your have the ribbon gathered to the fullness you desire, take a few small stay-stitches at the end, on the back.  Bury both ends of the thread in the back of the piece. 
This is the finished piece for the french clip which I attached using E6000 glue.

This is the finished piece for my card.  I adhered the gathered ribbon to my card using 1/2" Scor-Tape.

And these are the finished pieces.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you like my projects, please sign on as a follower.

Your next stop is Heidi's wonderful blog. 
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.

~ Bonnie ~

Supplies used:
Ribbon: August Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp:  Quitefire Designs
Paper:  Design Paper from Recollections and plain card stock from my stash
Adhesives:  Scor-Tape and E6000
Misc:  60mm French Clip, Pearls, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder nestabilities, Flower brad from Queen & Co, small piece of white feather


  1. Oh Bonnie,
    Love your card and LOVE the ribbon treatment! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

    True :D

  2. Love the projects and the tutorial : )Thanks for sharing!!! Ginny

  3. Oh wow!! I LOVE how you gathered the ribbon.. that is fantastic! and the flower out of ribbon too!! Wow!! Just PERFECT!

  4. that gathered ribbon is fantastic. I'm going to try this for sure! Beautiful!

  5. Very pretty, love how you did the ribbon trim.

  6. Thanks so much for showing us how you made the beautiful ruffle. Love you card. Great colors and great detail.

  7. Oh my goodness this is wonderful, I so have to try this. Love the rich look of your project sweetie

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE the gathered ribbon... sooo very pretty!! Thanks for the tutorial, I will have to give this a try. :)

  9. How fabulous! I am saving your instructions. Thanks so much for telling us how you did it. Wonderful use of the ribbon. I just became a new follower. Don't want to miss anymore. Hugs, Robin

  10. Thank you for that great tutorial on gathing the ribbon. It looks beautiful that was. Trying to think of what I can try it out on. LOL TFS

  11. Beautiful . I love this purple and you used it wonderfully. Great job.

  12. awesome tutorial! i will have to try it!

    1. Love the gathered ribbon...gonna try that for sure.
      Barbara Bird

  13. love the card and the hair bow is beautiful and really really love the tut i'm so going to try this!! thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Card and gift. Beautiful project, you made it look so easy

  15. The gathering is amazing. I have gathered before and loved it but never in this manner and I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much.


  16. I hate to sew, but i LOVE this.

  17. thanks for sharing how you gathered your ribbon--I never would have figured it out!

  18. cute clip and beautiful card. i love the gathered ribbon and the flower.

  19. Beautiful clip and card. Love the colors.


  20. OMG...this is so AWESOME! I just LOVE this card!

  21. Wow, I just love that ribbon idea. It made your card look gorgous. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

  22. I LOVE the gathered ribbon and love that you gave us instructions! Your card is beautiful! Thanks so much!

  23. WOW ... you really know your way around ribbon crafting. What FUN projects. And what a delightful blog you have ... I am now a follower! Thanks for sharing!

  24. These are so pretty. I can't wait to try this. I am so stingy with my ribbon, I have to learn to let go!! Maybe you have inspired me!!

  25. Beautiful card and hair piece. I love how you made the ribbon and showed us how you did it. Always learning something. Love it.

  26. Great card. Love the way you nused the ribbon

  27. Every month, I think, she cannot top last month, and then you do. You so totally rock!

  28. You gathered the ribbon different, I'll have to try this the next time I want gathers. TFS,

  29. Unique ideas for the usage of ribbon! The color is captivating.

  30. WOW!! Ur projects are simply gorgeous!! loving all the purple