Oct 02 2010
Thank you all so much for the comments you left requesting a tutorial for ribbon ruching.
There are many variations to ribbon ruching. I’m sharing with you a tutorial for the technique I used on this card for the ssnotime#159 challenge on Friday. It’s really quite simple and certainly not a technique I came up with. I’ve been sewing for many years, since I was 12. This is not my technique or a new one at that considering my age . . . LOL . . . but I’m happy to share with you what I know, so here it is!
For this tutorial I’m using one yard of olive green 1/8″ May Arts silk ribbon. You’ll need ribbon, good cutting scissors, a straight pen, and a sewing board (optional). My sewing board is an 8 x 10 piece of Gator board covered with cotton batting and jacquard fabric.
Tie a knot in one end of the ribbon and fasten it down with a straight pen. If you don’t have a sewing board, an old chair covered in upholstery will work fine. If you don’t have anything to fasten your ribbon to, you can still do the technique.
Unravel about 1/4″ at the opposite end of the ribbon. Pull 1 or 2 threads/fibers from the center as shown.
Pull the ribbon taute (pinning helps to keep the ribbon from twisting, making it easier to pull the thread with one hand while gathering the ribbon with the other hand). If you don’t have anything to pin your ribbon down to don’t worry. You can still do the technique, your ribbon may get a bit squiggly, but workable. Pull the center threads while gently pushing the gathered ribbon toward the knot, continuing to gather as you go. Sorry girls, I couldn’t pull the ribbon taught to illustrate in a photo and take the picture at the same time. The small green thread you see is the center fiber I’m pulling.
Push the gathering all the way to the pinned knot as shown. Gather slowly and gently, don’t get in a hurry. If you pull too hard on the center fiber/thread, it’ll break and you’ll have to start over with another piece of ribbon.
Once you’ve finished gathering, tie a knot in the opposite end as shown. One yard of ribbon yields about 6″ of ruched trim. I like mine bunched tight, however, you can adjust the thickness to your preference.
A close up to see how the ribbon should look.
Release ribbon from pins and it’s finished. You can make your ribbon trim longer by using more ribbon.
And that’s all there is to it, a bit of ribbon, scissors, a straight pen and voilá . . . . a very pretty piece of ribbon trim. Another variation is to sew a thread in the center of the ribbon and gather. I find that takes a long time and is tedious. The 1/8″ ribbon is narrow, it’s difficult to hold and sew a basting stitch. The pulled fiber technique only takes a couple of minutes. The technique will look different with wider thread, still very pretty, you wouldn’t gather as tight. I made the needle holder and sewing board this summer while taking time off from stamping. Sewing is another love of mine.
I purchased this gorgeous silk ribbon from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Sharon has the entire collection of all May Arts Silk, 1/8″, 1/4″, and 1.25″. Most other ribbons will work with this technique as well.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
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