Single Faced Versus Double Faced Ribbons

If you’re new to shopping for ribbon, the terms “single face” and “double face” can make you scratch your head. Since we handle ribbons quite often, we thought we’d help a sister or brother out. We’re going to show the difference between single faced ribbon and double faced ribbon and what would work best for you. After you’re finished reading this, you’ll feel like a satin ribbon champion. Enjoy.

Single Faced Ribbons

Single faced ribbon, or sometimes seen as single face ribbon, is a type of satin ribbon where the glossy sheen of the ribbon is only on one side. Basically, this ribbon has a noticeable front and a back. The front is smooth, shiny, and soft to the touch; the back is dull, thinner, and slightly firmer than the front. Since single faced ribbon is only shiny on one side, it is typically cheaper than doubled face ribbon. Depending on the ribbon, it can be hard to see the difference between the front versus back, but when you roll the satin ribbon between your fingers, you can feel the difference – the back is slightly thinner than the front and feels slightly flatter. From the photo below, you can see that there is less of a shine on the back, it looks less smooth on the back, and there is more of a grainy texture on the back.

Use single face ribbon:

  • To cut down costs.
  • Only on crafts where only one side of the ribbon is showing.
  • You need a firmer backing for better grasp, like for gluing, applying glue dots, or adhering to a slippery surface like a vase, votive, etc. Single faced ribbons is typically preferred over double faced ribbon when it comes to sewing, since most of the time, you are sewing the back to another piece of fabric that’s hiding the back of the ribbon.

Single Sided Ribbon

Double Faced Ribbons

If you read the above definition of single faced ribbons, you can probably guess what double faced ribbons mean! It means the ribbon is two-sided; both sides of this ribbon are shiny, glossy, soft, and with more volume. There is no noticeable back or front; both sides have the same sheen, smooth, and fluffy texture. Because you are getting two beautiful fronts, double faced ribbons tend to be more expensive than single faced ribbons.

Use double faced ribbon:

  • When both sides will be on display (i.e. a hanging banner, an intricate gift bow, etc).
  • If you are unsure if both sides will be showing; it is better to be prepared if the other side shows.
  • For fashion. When it comes to tying a ribbon around the waist, as a headband, double faced ribbons look more rich than single faced ribbons, especially if both sides are showing.

Double Sided Ribbon

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  1. […] Because the material to make satin ribbons is luxe, satin ribbons tend to be more pricey than grosgrain ribbons. To keep the cost down, many people buy single-faced satin ribbon instead of double-sided satin. Double sided means the satin ribbon is shiny and silky on both sides, and single sided means there is only one side with shine. For a more in-depth look into double-sided versus single-sided, read our blog Single Faced Versus Double Faced Ribbons. […]

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