Thursday, February 19, 2009

Award Ribbon Tutorial

Over the next week or so, I have to make about 6 purses that I've promised people for various fundraising events. The first one is due tomorrow.

I have a lot of yardage of this black/white houndstooth so I thought I would use that as the basis for all the purses. Each purse will be a bit different but they will all use the houndstooth.

I was cleaning up in preparation for my sewing extravaganza when I ran across lots of little bits and snips of fabric and ribbon. I put them all away into zip-loc bags for safekeeping but that got me thinking...


And the Award Ribbon was born. I've noticed award ribbons around a lot lately in the scrapbooking world and that inspired this one made of fabric and ribbon.

I thought this would make a great embellishment for the front of the purse I'm making today. I'm not quite sure yet what I will put in the middle... I think I'll make that decision after I've finished making the purse. I did post a few options at the end of the tutorial if you scroll down.

I LOVE how this turned out. I have dreams of making them for friends' birthdays; for thank you gifts, for special events...you name it. Here's how you can make one of your own. I took step-by-step pics along the way and as soon as I learn how to make it a .pdf, I'll upload it. But for now...

The Award Ribbon Tutorial

1. Trace a circle onto a stiff interfacing material such as Timtex. I used a glass as a template and my circle was 3".


2. Cut out circle. Choose a fabric to cover the circle and cut out about another circle about 1.5" bigger all around. I just eyeballed this...it doesn't need to be exact.


3. Using a needle and thread, sew a running stitch all along the edge of the fabric outside the interfacing circle. This doesn't need to be exact either but be careful not to make your stitches too large or the circle won't gather nicely. Make sure you end your running stitch overlapping where you started.


4. Using the ends of your thread, gather the circle around the stiff interfacing.


5. Iron the circle flat.


6. Now you have the center circle made and it's time to make the ribbon rosette. Gather together snips of varying widths of ribbon -- my snips are only 3.5" long. Press each little 3.5" snip in half...


7. Using your center circle to guide you, arrange the ribbon folds in a circle in a way that is pleasing to you.


8. Pin the snips to the fabric circle.


9. Baste the ribbon in place with large stitches making sure that you are catching each ribbon snip multiple times in your basting stitches. Remove pins.


10. Using a close zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew around the edge of the circle attaching all the ribbon snips to the circle. I didn't worry about making my circle sewing perfect... Remove the basting stitches.


11. Voila! You have a blank award...ready for embellishment.
So, if you would like, you could help me out today and vote for which of the following options you think is best for embellishing my houndstooth purse... I put a voting poll over in the sidebar so this could be interactive and we could all see what everyone else thinks. (I love polls! I just always forget about that nifty option in Blogger...)

1st option is blank like the award above.

2nd option: black millinery flower...


3rd option: pink millinery flower...


Thanks for stopping by, voting and I'd love to know if you end up making any of your own award ribbons!

11 comments:

Carol said...

What a cute idea. I envision a child wearing one all day on his birthday. Anyone would love one.

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

I envision a large button in the middle and the whole shebang centered on the front of the purse so the purse flap hooks the button and you see the award ribbon peaking out under the flap....

Clear as mud? Course....the purses you are making probably don't have flaps, so....But I still see a big button in the middle....

Eva said...

i like black the best. i would wear it as a pin on my coat. sort of famme fatale-ish look. or maybe a very very small version on my hat. but the other two options are neat as well.

you did a great job with your tutorial, very clear and easy to understand. i hope the purses are a pleasure to make!

Maureen in MD said...

I love this!!! The tutorial is great also. I like the button idea also. I choose the plain center but you could embroider someone's name or event or something on the plain.
Thanks again Susan

Diane said...

I think black, but a bit smaller than what you have. I also like the idea of a fancy button or button cluster. It's really neat though, and thanks for the tutorial.

Debra said...

I think the flowers cover the center too much so I would probably do a button cluster or some little lace motif and a bit of embroidery inside the circle.

Joan Cromley said...

a cool idea, and great tutorial! I can see one with a picture of the grandkids in the middle, the perfect way for Grandma to show them off!

Marty52 said...

Super tutorial, m'lady! I vote for the pink flower... makes it pop.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Great tutorial, photographs, poll, and rosette! I love the pink flower in the center...I think we should learn how to make those..;-)

Lisa said...

What a fun idea! I've got lots of ribbon scraps leftover too... might just have to give one a try! I'm torn between the plain one and the pink flower... but I like them all!

casserole said...

What a cool idea!!! Blogged your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing Blog:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-an-award-ribbon/2009/02/22/

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