Last month I spent AGES sorting out my ribbon box. There were ends of ribbon everywhere and as quickly as I wound it back on the reel, it kept escaping back and getting out of control again grr. Now I’ve seen dispensers for ribbon, but most seem to be on the lines of holes in assorted boxes for the ends of ribbon to poke out of. I don’t want to get the whole box out each time, but I do want the ribbon under control, here’s my very quick n simple way of making a ribbon dispenser that will stop your ribbon un-ravelling from the roll, in the box, or on your table.
You Will Need
- Short lengths of flat ribbon, nothing too slippery
- Rolls of ribbon
Most rolls of ribbon have a central hole, where some people thread the reels onto dowls.
1. Take a length of flat ribbon and thread it through the hole in the core of the reel.
2. Tie a double knot on top of the reel. Notice the direction of the ribbon on the left, just means don’t tie over the free end of the ribbon.
3. Lay about an inch of ribbon across the knot
4. Tie another double knot over the top of the ribbon, don’t pinch the ribbon, just tight enough to secure it.
This can be used with any ribbon on a reel, its a great way to stop your ribbons getting in a tangle 😉
If you like a pretty finish, you can finish by tying a bow at the top of the reel. Make sure you have tied the double knots above and below the ribbon on the reel first. If you don’t then if the bow undoes, your ribbon will escape again!
Now you can pull out just the length you need without the rest of the ribbon falling off the roll. Just leave a 1″ tail of ribbon after the knot, so the ribbon on the reel can’t escape. This is most useful for silky satin ribbons and those pesky but beautiful organza ribbons.
It also means you can take out a single roll of ribbon without the other ribbons tangling or without the need to punch holes and haul out the whole box of them when you know just the one you want.
Hope you give it a try, it’s really easy and makes using ribbon much more fun and less grrr
Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon