The Best Ways to Repurpose Show Ribbons

The Best Ways to Repurpose Show Ribbons

Whether you’re eight or 48 years old, you’ve earned a lot of show ribbons and now they’re in a box or maybe hanging in a barn. What do you do when there’s no room left, or when you want to show them off? Repurpose them so you can always flaunt your hard work and lifelong memories. The best ways to repurpose show ribbons starts with all of those craft skills you’ve learned but haven’t put to use yet. From personal experience, using old throw pillows is an easy first project.

Show Pillows

What you’ll need:

  • Ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Desired fabric to cover pillow stuffing (i.e., old pillow or pillow case)
  • Fusible webbing/interfacing (optional)
    • Damp bandana
    • Iron – no water, just set to high heat
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing materials

What to do:

  • Lay out ribbons in desired pattern
    • Take photo for later reference
  • Sew ribbons together
    • Use thread matching ribbon color
    • If using a machine, you will have to change the bobbin and thread each time
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  • Lay “good sides” facing each other
    • Front of ribbons face down to front of pillow cover
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  • Sew three sides
    • Fourth side open for stuffing, sew on zipper or Velcro
  • Flip “good sides” back out and stuff
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The second option using interfacing: lay out your ribbons in the desired pattern, iron them on, and sew the interfacing to the pillow of your choice.

‘Tis the season…for wreaths, stockings, and quilts. By this point you may have used a lot of ribbon streamers for a pillow, what do you do with the leftover rosettes? Shadow-boxing rosettes is always pretty, or you can jump on the DIY holiday decoration train and make a wreath.

Show Ribbon Wreath

This project can take up to 2 hours

What you’ll need:

  • Wreath frame
    • Wire or styrofoam
    • Size based on size of wreath you want
  • Hot glue & hot glue gun
  • Scissors/Staple remover

What to do:

  • Decide on a color scheme/pattern
  • Either use scissors or staple remover to separate the streamers from the ribbon

  • Hot glue rosette to each rung (extra support by gluing rosette to rosette plus to wire frame)

  • To make a pretty back of the wreath you can add a sheet of fabric or cardboard

Step One: Front and back view of hot gluing the rosettes to the wire rungs

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Step Two: First layer of rosettes on innermost rung

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Homemade wreaths are a classic, but homemade stockings aren’t always commonplace. Maybe you have old stockings you want to repurpose along with your show ribbons or it’s just a fun craft for the family.

Stockings

This project takes about 15-30 minutes, dependent on design

What you’ll need:

  • An inexpensive plain stocking or an old one to repurpose

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue or sewing materials (hand or machine)

What to do:

  • Lay out a design with ribbons (you can mark this with pencil or sharpie)

  • Hot glue rosette(s)

  • Sew or hot glue the streamers

I bought a $2 stocking from CVS and created my own “rosette” by using ribbons (w/o rosette) and folding them over, stacking the folds together with hot glue and a medallion as the center piece of the bow.

I wanted to have streamer pieces with titles on it so I chose red and white to alternate, trimmed the bottoms, glued the tops together and glued the tops underneath the white fold of the stocking.

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There are a ton of ways to repurpose your show ribbons; Visit my Pinterest page to see other options like clutch purses, picture frames, and more. When you repurpose your hard-earned show ribbons you’re not just crafting, you’re making new memories with the old ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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