Create your own printed ribbons

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Printed ribbons are totally in! You can spot them everywhere, adding schwung to all kinds of different garments: up and down the sides of sleeves or a pair of pants is the way to go with this trend. However...it’s even cooler if you can make the ribbon yourself! How about your own text, or an icon? We help you get the job done.

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It’s not just Beyoncé and Kylie Jenner with their personal collections who get how trendy “printed ribbons” are. No, our hip Sewista crew can totally do something with this slick trend too. Just stroll through the aisles of an ordinary clothing store. In no time at all you’ll be bubbling with new ideas. Don't forget: we’re only trying to provide a little inspiration. You’re the one who will take that inspiration home and get the job done. Seriously though. Your own personalized printed ribbon is bound to make a much bigger statement. And let’s be honest, it’s pretty fun to make too.

There’s no end to the print options: a nice quote or song lyrics, a series of meaningful numbers, a few icons...the options just keep on going. For that matter, this is the ultimate way for clothing brands to put their brand in the limelight. Just think about a pair of Fila athletic pants, or a Levi's jean jacket.

You can dress things up or go sporty: there’s no limit to where you can go with this trend. Combine your outfit with more casual pieces to achieve a sporty look. If you prefer something a little fancier, it’s no problem at all. For example, you could add a gold border or edging to the ribbon.

If you don’t feel like going to all the trouble of finding the right ribbon for you, you don’t have to. This is the ultimate in DIY. 

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Supplies:

• Cotton ribbon (3 cm wide)
• Textile paint
• Sponge or foam paintbrush
• Stencil paper or thin cardboard/plastic
• Hobby knife or cutter

Step 1: 

Download here one of our stencils or make your own design. If you make your own design, make sure the letters are smaller than the width of the ribbon.

Step 2:

Print your design and trace it onto the stencil paper or thin cardboard or plastic. Cut out the design using a hobby knife. If you have a stencil cutter then you can cut out your design directly from the stencil paper.

Step 3:

Put a small amount of textile paint on the sponge and wipe off any excess so that you only have a little bit of paint on your sponge. Place your stencil on the cotton ribbon and dab with your sponge over all the letters on your stencil. If you have too much paint on your sponge the letters will run.
Remove the stencil from the ribbon and allow it to dry. Repeat this step until your ribbon is full.

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