Embroidery Library

Embroidering on Ribbon

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Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.

Embroidered ribbon is a terrific way to add personal flair to your projects. Whether you're embellishing a pillow, wrapping a gift, or adding charm to a tote bag, learning how to embroider ribbon will make your projects even more special.
 

Project Needs & Notes:

- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Ribbon
 
Free video with instructions on how to embroider on ribbon.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
The ribbon used in this example is 1 1/2 inches wide. A long and thin design (such as a border design) with a 1 inch height fits comfortably.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer a little larger than the hoop.

Spray the cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive (like Gunold KK100), then smooth the ribbon on top.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
Hoop the ribbon.

You can see that only the ends of the ribbon are hooped. The temporary adhesive used previously helps to bind the ribbon to the stabilizer to avoid shifting and misalignment.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
Embroider the design.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
Trim the excess stabilizer away.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
Because the sides of the ribbon can't be hooped, you may see that they get a little wavy. This is not unusual.

Free project instructions for how to embroider on ribbon.
Embroidered ribbon is also terrific as trim for tablecloths, decoration on dresses, or as hair bows!


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