‘Sew’ Many Ways To Use Ribbon


Ribbon can be one of the most useful items in your sewing stash. The free sewing projects in this roundup post are all made with ribbon and yet each one is different from the next. The free patterns are printable and I’m sure you will find something that sparks your creativity.



This Cute Llama Stuffie is a great way to begin a roundup of ribbon projects. Use your creativity to add ribbon, ric rac or fringe to this cuddly friend.

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What a sweet care package you could create with a pair of PJ Pants with ribbon that matches the Llama friend above.



Add a sweet Hand Sewn Card and you really have something special to give. Who can you think of that could use a note to brighten their day?

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I think my Bit O’ Kindness Pouches would fit inside the card envelope, and would be sweet surprise in the mail. I still get excited about handwritten mail, especially with a little something special hidden inside.

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If you do a lot of sewing, a set of pattern weights is a must. And the ribbon trim on mine makes them so colorful and easy to grab and move as I cut out pattern pieces.



An ideal way to store that set of pattern weights is in a cute ditty bag. I love to use Grosgrain ribbon for ties because it adds an extra trim element and holds the bag closed with it’s weave.

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Your sewing space will thank you for a set of G’s Pixey Baskets trimmed with cute ribbon. They could hold pattern weights, thread, bobbins, you name it.



Sew a few art journals with ribbon closures for the upcoming holiday season. Every year I have more friends I want to give a gift to than gifts I remembered to buy. A few journals on hand will solve that problem.



Headbands 3 Ways would be perfect to use up an overgrown ribbon stash. How about a headband wardrobe for a special little girl in your life? Or make a more sophisticated version for an adult with added jewels or trim. Feather headband for a Flapper costume maybe?



Speaking of costumes, my Tulle and Ribbon Skirt is one of the easiest ways to help Cinderella make it to the ball this Halloween. Short or long, young or old, she’ll love it.



Your face masks will last longer if they are washed in a wash bag. My wash bag pattern is easy and free and can be trimmed with ribbon for fun.

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As long as you’re trimming things with ribbon, here’s a favorite free ribbon project: Vinyl and Ribbon Zipper Pouch.

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Don’t miss out on the Beautiful Garment Bag I made this summer. It is a showstopper, and terribly useful this time of year. The free tutorial is definitely worth a peek.

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Another gifting idea is my Christmas Stocking Zipper Pouches that would clip perfectly onto the tree or a present with contrasting ribbon loops. These are the ideal size for a gift card. Who doesn’t love a gift card? Spending them on after-Christmas sales is the best!

I hope you’ve found some ribbon projects that you can add your own creativity to. Please share what you’re making by tagging me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

Happy Stitching,


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