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Merry Ribbon Wrap

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap

Making packages and treat jars merry is a snap -- with an embroidered ribbon wrap!

Add embroidered ribbon wraps to gifts, and make goodie jars even sweeter with a bright wrap.

For more about stitching on ribbon, see the Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Ribbon article for tips about stabilizer, design placement, and more.

And be sure to see the Sweet Treat Jar Cover and Festive Fabric Wrap projects for other special gift ideas.

Read on to see how quick it is to create a ribbon wrap for a jar (or a gift package).

Make presents even merrier with
festive embroidered ribbon wrap!

 
 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap
Supplies Needed:

**Glass jar (I used a wide-mouth glass jar)

**2 3/4" wide to 3" wide ribbon (satin or grosgrain)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**Measuring tape

**Hot glue and gun


Special project notes:
I created a wrap to put around a glass jar -- perfect for filling with holiday treats like cookies or candy. Embroidered ribbon is also great for decorating gift boxes, gift bags, and decor for the tree.

When making an embroidered ribbon wrap, avoid using wired ribbon as sewing over the wire could damage your embroidery machine.


Designs Used:
I used the small size of the Christmas Treat Labels Design Pack. For the relatively narrow space of a ribbon, small borders work well. The Art Nouveau Shining Stars Border, the Arts & Crafts Christmas Border - Holly & Mistletoe, and the Bells and Bows Arch (Redwork) designs would all dress up ribbon beautifully.

 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap

 


To start, measure the circumference of the jar around the middle (mine is 12" in circumference). Take that measurement and add 2" for overlap (I cut my ribbon to 14" long).

To get ready to embroider the ribbon, c
ut a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop. Spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the ribbon on top. Make sure to spray the stabilizer with enough adhesive to make the ribbon stick in place without moving or the edges peeling up. Center the ribbon on top of the stabilizer

A note about stabilizer choice: If you are using a lighter or more open design like the Festive Christmas Lights Border or the Gingerbread Cookie Love Border, tear-away stabilizer will provide enough support. If you are using a more complex design, backing your ribbon with a medium weight cutaway stabilizer is the way to go.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap

 


Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you are new to using templates for design placement, see these handy instructions for more information. Trim around the template to make it easy to place. Place the template at the center of the ribbon, and measure equal distances in between the side edges of the design and the ends of the ribbon. Also, center the design top to bottom by measuring equal distances in between the top and bottom edges of the design and the top and bottom edges of the ribbon. 

Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points (you may need to mark the stabilizer if the template is very close to the edges of the ribbon). Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks, marking directly on the stabilizer for the vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design. When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap
 

Next, fold back one end of the ribbon about one inch to the wrong side and glue in place with hot glue.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap
 

Wrap the ribbon around the jar and glue the folded end in place on top of the opposite end of the ribbon (pull the ribbon tight to make sure it fits securely on the jar). And your ribbon wrap is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered treat label jar cover

 

For other holly jolly ways to brighten gifts, see project instructions for a Festive Fabric Wrap and a Sweet Treat Jar Cover!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered ribbon wrap

 
Give presents an extra-special touch with a ribbon wrap! It's a fast way to personalize gift-wrapping and treat jars.



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