Embellish a T-shirt with Ribbon

comments (25) August 18th, 2015     

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_nikki_ Nicole Smith, contributor
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Fold and crease an elegant, geometric detail.
Use a hot iron with steam to press all of the ribbon folds flat. Be sure and use glass-head or metal-head pins. Dont use plastic because they will melt under the iron.
Our inspiration was from the Marc Jacobs Resort 2010 collection.
Fold and crease an elegant, geometric detail.

Fold and crease an elegant, geometric detail.

Photo: Jack Deutsch

Add a little style to your next garment or project with folded ribbon. Unlike regular grosgrain ribbon, Petersham can be shaped to a neckline with a little steam from your iron, and it holds pleats well after pressing. Secure it with a few hand stitches. Inspired by Marc Jacob's Resort 2010 collection, this technique is easy to complete in less than an hour and works well along necklines, skirt hemlines, on headbands, and even on handbags.

What You'll Need:

Garment or accessory to embellish
Glass-head or solid-metal pins
Hand needle
Petersham ribbon, 1 1⁄2-inch-wide and 1⁄4-inch-wide, 1 yard of each
Press cloth

1. Fold the ribbon. Cut a length of 1 1⁄2-inch wide petersham ribbon at least three times as long as your garment neckline. Fold the ribbon back on itself, making pleats and folds to create your design. Secure the ribbon with solid-metal or glass-head pins. Continue across the neckline as desired.

2. Add more ribbon.
Fold a length of 1⁄4-inch-wide ribbon, and layer it over the first as desired. Pin it in place.

3. Press the folds.
Place a press cloth over the ribbon detail. Use a hot iron with steam to press all of the ribbon folds flat.

4. Sew in place.
Hand-sew the ribbon to the garment (through all layers) at the crease corners on the larger ribbon and at each turn in the smaller ribbon.

Our Inspiration:
Marc Jacobs added contrasting pleated ribbon details to his Resort 2010 collection.

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Comments (25)

Olga21 writes: lovely
Posted: 4:31 am on November 19th
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Posted: 3:15 pm on April 13th
MilliePearce writes: This techniques will definitely unleash my creativity. I think about using a slightly different ribbon, but thank you for the idea :)
Posted: 3:44 am on October 6th
waltzedout writes: I really like the yellow on teal. It looks cool!
Posted: 11:53 pm on August 27th
Lorriane writes: Nicole Smith - Thank you for taking the time to show us your creation! Whether the color suits me or not has no bearing on a project I could adapt from your idea and I appreciate your showing us your work. I am surprised and disappointed at the nature of some of the remarks. Where has courtesy gone.
Posted: 2:32 pm on July 22nd
craftynzgirl writes: The model looks awesome but I'm not certain this would translate well, and I agree that it looks like a kids rendition, despite being inspired by marc jacobs....
Posted: 11:32 pm on May 5th
miss_english writes: I actually quite like this. It's abstract, which is my taste. :) I really want to do this!
Posted: 9:27 am on May 4th
thimble46 writes: Come on, get real. I have used this technique with ribbon embellishment for years and yes it really dresses up a shirt or jacket. But this one looks like a 2 yr old just threw some ribbon at a shirt and said wow.
Posted: 11:26 am on April 29th
Persus writes: I've used ribbon embellishments for years, with some really beautiful results, and different color combinations, so I would encourage others to try embellishing, but this one is NOT pretty. The color combination is usable, but the styling is awful!
Posted: 7:10 pm on April 28th
jewelbaby1224 writes: What a great new idea to "re-spark" creativity!!

I'd do it quite differently but I love this idea!
Posted: 5:38 pm on April 28th
MarieKW writes: Wow! for such a stylish inspiration, this interpretation is pretty awful!
Posted: 5:24 pm on April 28th
hermine514 writes: Maybe if it were black it would look better. It is messy looking.I like to embelish things, but this has no rhyme or reason to it.

Posted: 5:13 pm on April 28th
Frenchpea writes: Thanks for sharing the idea, but I agree with RitaBB and Petunia4141 - to my mind it appears that someone has dropped a scrap of ribbon on the T-shirt and not bothered to tidy up after themselves once they have finished sewing. I don't find it stylish or trendy and think there could have been far better ways to put this together. I also love embellishing, but this does not fall into this category. Horrible.
Posted: 12:41 pm on April 28th
ktkatherine writes: Love this! Do you think it would be machine washable with the ribbon on it though?
Posted: 12:15 pm on April 28th
ChanStyle writes: This technique reminds me of some of the pieces that Anthony from Project Runway had made this past season.
Posted: 12:12 pm on April 28th
ustabahippie writes: I LOVE the idea of embellishing t-shirts. I think the color combination is hideous, but that's just my taste and maybe it was the way to really show off the design online. Think narrower ribbon, less ribbon, softer colors. I'll definitely try it.
Posted: 12:07 pm on April 28th
SewQueen1 writes: I love when someone gets creative and designs an item that is their own creation and shares it with others so they can discover new ways to make that creation their own....
Posted: 11:56 am on April 28th
RitaBB writes: I totally agree with petunia 4141's comment. This looks messy and thrown-together. I love embellishing and adding unique touches to the clothes I make, but I want it to look nice and finished. But, we all have different tastes, and I respect that.
Posted: 11:48 am on April 28th
Tess1960 writes: I think I would prefer the ribbons straight down one side or the other towards the bottom of t-shirt, for that elongated feel. Also the wider ribbon maybe not so wide. This is an interesting effect and would be a great way to cover a stain thus prolong the use of a favorite t-shirt.
Posted: 11:33 am on April 28th
petunia4141 writes: You havegot to be kidding me. This must be "fashioned" by the same person that did the zipper necklace thing. Deadline sneaked up on someone....???.....come on!
Posted: 11:16 am on April 28th
clgbutterfly writes: This may also work by affixing with stitch witch
Posted: 10:54 am on April 28th
lwagner53 writes: the yellow mess is ugly. the back ribbon is better.
Posted: 10:48 am on April 28th
Superdude writes: Looks great! I especially love the colour combination you chose. I'll definitely be trying this out.
Posted: 10:41 am on April 28th
wendyluu writes: Great tee embellishment! I can't wait to try!
Posted: 2:08 pm on April 27th
zeshuregi writes: it is such a nice idea...i like a lot,will definitely try to make with some more styles....thank you for sharing this
Posted: 1:29 pm on April 27th
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