Haberdashery Corner: Ribbons and Trimmings


There is nothing more appealing than wandering into a sewing shop and gazing at all the different coloured ribbons and trimmings, oozing out the shelves. I could spend hours, and probably have clocked up quite a few, looking at each and every one in any sewing or haberdashery shop. It actually makes my heart skip a beat seeing the way they have been organised by colour, texture, size and pattern. There is something about them that always produces much oohing and ahhing, which I’m sure you’ll understand.

Not that I need an excuse to buy yet more ribbon and trimmings, it’s good to actually use them on a project, rather than letting them collect dust or sit forlornly at the bottom of your sewing box. So, I thought I would share some ideas for fun ways to use that stash of trimmings or to give yourself a reason to buy some more!

  • Wrapping presents: have fun matching a delicate, pastel ribbon to some pretty tissue paper or let a bold, neon ribbon stand out against simple brown parcel paper.
  • Get trimming: you can sew lovely, lacy trimmings on to all sorts of things such as: pillow cases, hankies, tea towels, sleeves, collars and more. It’s a very quick and satisfying sewing project and one that you can do by hand too.
  • Hair accessories: tying some blue ribbon in your hair to match your jeans or making a bow out of pink, lacy trimming to add to your pony tail, looks great. It’s super easy, involves no sewing what-so-ever and is fun for kids and adults.
  • Greeting cards: make a little flower by layering up ribbons and add it to a card to create a fun, summery birthday card. This is a fun project to do with the kids too.
  • Bunting: tie bows on to twine to create alternative and very quick bunting for that summer garden party!

I hope these ideas have inspired you to get creative! Do you have any other fun uses for ribbons and trimmings? I’d love to hear!

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