Ribbons are one of the most versatile materials around — they can help do everything from decorate presents to adorn invitations to even dress up hairdos. One of the best ways to use ribbons decoratively is by adding them to your clothing. Ribbons can make outfits fancier and more festive, and there are several easy ways to apply them that you can do without the help of a professional designer. Here are three of the best.
Ribbon Hat Band
Wearing a straw hat is a great way to accessorize and keep the sun off your face, and you can dress up your hat to be even more playful and fun by adding a ribbon band to it.
- To start, select the ribbon you want to use on your hat — like these solid color grosgrain ribbons. You’ll need about two yards of ribbon.
- Measure the circumference of the part of the hat that sits on your head, then cut the ribbon at that length — with a little extra included.
- Wrap the ribbon you cut around the hat, and use a hot glue gun to secure both ends of it at the back of the hat.
- Once the ribbon band is attached to the hat, take the remaining ribbon and tie it into a bow. Allow the tails of the bow to remain long so that they will flow from the back of the hat while you wear it.
- Where you secured both ends of the band, use a hot glue gun to attach the bow. This should cover up the spot where you glued down the cut edges of the ribbon, giving a sleek, professional and elegant look.
- Wear the hat with the bow in the back, and you can dress up any spring or summertime outfit.
Ribbon Shirt Tie
If you have a V-neck sweater that you want to dress up, you can add ribbon to make it more elegant and unique.
- Find a V-neck sweater you’d like to add ribbon to.
- Choose a ribbon to use as the tie. The best ribbons to use for this project are soft, thick ribbons that can be tied and untied easily. One great option is solid color satin ribbon.
- Measure and cut two 2 foot pieces of the ribbon.
- Turn the sweater inside out. With a needle and thread, or sewing machine if you have one, stitch the edge of one ribbon onto one side of the sweater’s “V.” We recommend sewing about ½ – 1 inch of the ribbon to the top side of the V, allowing the rest of the ribbon to hang (this can be used to tie later).
- Repeat with the other piece of ribbon on the other side of the “V.”
- Turn the sweater so that it is right-side-out, then wear the sweater with the V-neck in the back. Tie the ribbon into a bow, and you have a glamorous, unique new choice of shirt to wear.
Ribbon Built-in Bowtie
Have an old t-shirt you’re tired of wearing? Dress it up and make it feel new again by adding a built-in ribbon bow tie.
- To start, take the t-shirt, and use scissors to cut vertical slits of about half an inch along the neckline of the shirt.
- Take a thick cloth ribbon, and cut a piece that is about 3 feet long. You can use ribbons made out of grosgrain, satin, velvet or any soft, flexible cloth of your choosing.
- Thread the ribbon through the slits in the shirt, then tie it into the loose bow below the center of the neckline.
- Allow the tails of the bow to hang down in front of the shirt. If they are too long, you can cut them using the scissors to a length of your liking.
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