How to Make Woven Ribbon Jewelry

comments (16) September 12th, 2008     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Woven ribbon makes a glossy, colorful covering for a simple button pendant.
These weaving-covered buttons make cute pendants, pins, and rings. They can also be sewn to a handbag or garment.
Fusible interfacing gives the weaving stability.
Woven ribbon makes a glossy, colorful covering for a simple button pendant.

Woven ribbon makes a glossy, colorful covering for a simple button pendant.

Photo: Katin Imes
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I love the look of woven ribbons! So glossy, so precise. Ribbon fabric lends itself beautifully to this simple covered-button jewelry.

What you'll need:

  • Four spools satin ribbon, 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch
  • Scissors
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Plastic seaming needle (available at yarn stores)
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • 1-inch and 1-1/2-inch covered button kits (available at fabric stores)
  • E-6000 craft adhesive
  • Pin back
  • 2-inch eyepin
  • Jump ring

A note before we begin: After you've woven the ribbon, you'll need to fuse some interfacing to it. It's quite challenging to move your finished weaving from your work surface to your ironing board for fusing, and so I just do my weaving right on my ironing board.

It's best to do the weaving right on your ironing board.

This project begins with blue painter's tape, which is a great craft supply. It's only lightly sticky, so you can tape things down and peel them back up without damage. Here, I have three pieces: one long and two short. I've placed the long piece, sticky side facing up, on my ironing board. The two small pieces are used to tape the ends of the long one down. So, to recap: the long piece is sticky side up, and the short ones are sticky side down.

Place the ribbons side by side on the sticky side of the painter's tape.

Cut 20 pieces of ribbon, each measuring 7 inches. I'm using two different colors here, 10 of each color. Place the ends side by side onto the sticky piece of tape, pressing them very gently to stick them to the tape. As you can see, you don't need to match up the ends.

Peel up the tape and turn it over in order to stick the ribbons down to the work surface.

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Comments (16)

PetrinaCase writes: Thank you for sharing.

Great tutorial and clever project.

Happy thoughts,
Posted: 3:27 pm on September 5th
Nodan writes: You knit the pendants with ribbon, am I right? I like the inspiration and the pattern of the pendants.
Posted: 2:54 am on January 31st
belleeven writes: great tutorial! I really appreciate all the suggestions at the end as well. :)
Posted: 3:57 am on October 3rd
Biijou writes: I luv it♥
Posted: 11:43 am on November 21st
Wendik writes: Do you think you could make a scarf using these steps?
Posted: 3:13 pm on October 26th
tracisallymaxx writes: Very cute. I love these
Posted: 10:16 am on September 14th
Emilyofme writes: it seems so stylish.I must try it yellow and red.My favourite.
Posted: 11:12 am on December 21st
mattiefella writes: I've done lots of ribbon weaving and think these instructions and pictures for beginners are the best I've seen. Wish all instructions were this good!
Posted: 2:27 pm on October 15th
Posted: 8:40 pm on October 6th
creativeone writes: Creativeone writes: If you need a pair of cuff links for a blouse two of these buttons hooked together would make a neat pair.
Posted: 4:19 pm on October 4th
sukitu writes: I have been looking for a special button. This will be perfect. As a weaver I wonder why I didn't think of this. great idea!
Posted: 10:51 am on September 20th
Sister_Diane writes: susanstars - OOh, seriously! Love that idea!
Posted: 10:07 am on September 18th
susanstars writes: back again to mention that I want to try this with monochromatic ribbon - weaving the same color through for a subtler woven look - and maybe a small embellishment over the finished surface. Thanks again for the super great idea and tutorial!
Posted: 12:27 pm on September 16th
LitlBits writes: This same technique could be used, I would think, when using (esp. bulky) yarns....for buttons, trim on your knit and crochet items! Great idea! thanks so much!
Posted: 2:54 pm on September 13th
JennlovesSteve writes: I love this and I love the step by step directions!
I am going to go buy the stuff today!
Posted: 8:50 am on September 13th
susanstars writes: wow! that's such an awesome take on covering buttons! I love it :)
Posted: 7:41 pm on September 12th
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