Friday, March 16, 2012

How to Make Your Own Printed Ribbon: A Tutorial

Here is a quick and simple way to make your own printed ribbon.  Truth be told, I took the pictures for this tutorial last year and never got around to writing it so here goes. 



Ribbon 7/8” Wide

Transfer Paper


Iron and Ironing Board

Computer and Printer



For this example I wanted to make my girls some ribbon with their preschool logo on it so that they could show some school spirit.  I found the image on-line and then saved it as a JPEG.  Next print out your image and check to make sure that it will fit on your ribbon. 




Now copy your image several times in rows across the page.  It is best to have your page in landscape so that you can get longer strips.  I did this test run on regular printer paper.  If everything looks good with your test print, print it out again onto the transfer paper.  Follow the instructions on the back of the package.  The most important thing to remember is that you will need to PRINT YOUR IMAGE IN MIRROR IMAGE! 




Now carefully cut apart your strips.



Iron the strips onto your ribbon and peel off the paper backing.




Viola!  Lots of beautiful ribbon for making hairbows!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Go To Dress

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Have you seen the tutorial for the "Go to Dress" on the Train to Crazy? It is super cute and makes a super cozy knit dress. I have been eyeing it for awhile and wanted to make one. I even happened to have some of the exact same fabric that Andrea used in one of her dresses. I hope that she doesn't think that I am a "weirdo" for copying her. :) What is it they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."?



Anyway, I love the end results and the girls looked so cute heading off to Kindergarten today. The tutorial has lots of pictures and very clear instructions. It would make a nice first time project for sewing with knits if you have been wanting to give it a try.

For more details on sewing with knits, see my post HERE.



Happy Sewing!


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