Several months ago I received more ribbons than I knew what to do with…FREE! I was looking through a craft book last week and came across this idea of making a small bag out of ribbons and I thought I would give it a try. Now, I ask you, have you ever tried to make something and no matter how hard you tried, the directions just didn’t make sense? That’s what happened to me, and let me tell you, it wasn’t me. It was definitely the directions. But I persevered and the end result was worth it.
This little bag is the perfect size to keep small items organized in your purse, or you can use it as a gift bag to wrap a piece of jewelry. If you decide to give this project a try, you will need the following:
- 1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing
- About 9 yards of ribbon, 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches wide
- 7×17 inch piece of lining fabric
- Thread to match ribbons
- Decorative button (optional)
1 – Cut a 7×17 inch piece of interfacing. Pin the interfacing, fusible side up, to the cardboard (I used a lightweight piece of poster board)
2 – Cut enough 17″ long ribbons to cover the interfacing. Pin the ribbons side by side along the interfacing.
4 – Begin weaving the short ribbons with the ribbons already pinned to the cardboard. Pin the ribbon ends as the weaving is completed.
5 – Using an iron, fuse the ribbons to the interfacing removing the pins as you go and trim the edges if needed.
6 – Place the lining fabric atop the woven ribbon piece, right sides together. Stitch together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and leaving one short end open. Trim the seams and turn.
7 – Measure 6 1/2 inches from the stitched short end. Fold the woven piece at this point with the right sides facing. Hand stitch both side seams using a slip stitch, or, if your ribbons are similar in color and you won’t mind if the stiching shows, just use your sewing machine and make a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out.
At this point you need to make your flap and this is where the directions got really funky, so I’m not even going to go there with you. I’m just going to tell you what I did.
Take the raw edges of the short end and bring them together to form a ‘V’. Iron, then get yourself one of your ribbons and some fusible tape in an appropriate size (mine was 1/4″) and fuse the ribbon onto that raw edge. You see that little light blue ribbon in the middle of the ‘V’? That’s covering a raw edge that shouldn’t have been there in the first place!
8 – Sew on a snap closure where the flap point meets the bag and sew on a decorative button to the point if desired.
I decided to embellish the bag with a couple of blingy buttons, but that’s completely optional. Basically, this is nothing more than an envelope pillow in miniature, so if I decide to make another woven ribbon bag, I’m going to follow a different set of instructions that I found in one of my sewing books. I just Googled ‘envelope pillow covers’ and all I got were instructions on how to do a pillow like my ‘Grandma’s Easiest Envelope Pillows‘, but of course those don’t have that ‘V’ shape and won’t get you the results you need.
I was so frustrated with the instructions in the book that I spent about 30 minutes trying to see if the designer (her name was in the back of the book) was on Facebook or Twitter (nada) because I wanted to ask her about them. Fisherman tried to figure it out too to no avail, so I know it’s not me. There’s no way you’re supposed to end up with a raw edge on a finished product! Everyone knows misery loves company, so I have to ask, what’s YOUR most frustrating diy/craft moment?
(I guess I made lemonade out of lemons, because it looks pretty cute anyway. If I make another one using the other method, I’ll weigh in and let you know which I prefer.)