Love Bug Butterfly

Date Created: 3/2/17
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Pricing: $7.00
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Materials Needed:
  • all 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • choose 3 different colors for the wings of your butterfly
  • choose a color for the antennae
  • pom poms
  • alligator clip
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • ruler or measuring tape
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • (4) 3″ for outer wings
  • (4) 2.5″ for middle wings
  • (4) 2″ for inner wings
  • (1) 4.5″ for clip liner
  • (1) 1″ cut into 2 for antennae
  • (3) large or (5) small pom poms for body
  • (1) 1.75″ alligator clip
 
Instructions:
  • Heat seal all pieces of ribbon.
  • There a are 4 pieces of each color, or 2 pairs.  1 pair is for each wing.  Glue each pair together with a dot of glue at the tips so they form a right angle.  Flip it around and do the same thing with the other ends so they form a rounded football shape.  Repeat for each pair of ribbons. You should have 6 pair, 2 of each color.
  • Next, 1 of the outer wings and 1 of the middle wings and glue the middle one on the back of the outer one, about halfway down from the point.  Do the same glueing the inner wings onto the middle wings.  Then we change our pattern.  Take the other tip of the inner wings and glue it just below the other inner wing that you just glued on.  Next glue on the middle wing and finally the other tip of the outer wing.
  • Repeat to make a second wing.
  • Bring the 2 wings together. I usually snip off the pointed tip, so the wings fit together better. Glue the tips together.
  • Glue the wings to the ribbon lined alligator clip.
  • Next, make the antennae and glue onto the clip.
  • Last, glue on the pom poms.

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Woven Heart for Valentine’s Day

This woven heart can is very versatile, as it can be made with ribbon as shown here, or even as a craft for kids with construction paper.  Once complete, it can be placed on a hair clip, or a pin or even a badge reel holder. Here we use 3/8″ wide saddle stitch grosgrain in white with red stitch and red with black stitch.

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White with red stitch:
4″ and 4.5″

Red with black stitch:
4″ and 4.5″

For saddle stitch ribbon, I find it easier to stack the layers first before heat sealing the ends.  Take the 4″ piece and place it on top of the 4.5″ piece of the same color and adhere together on one end with a dot of glue. Repeat with other color.  Then heat seal all ends.

Place glued end on one of the sets on top of the other set on the glued end at a 90 degree angle to each other.  Then begin weaving and gluing each step of the way.

I will need to include more detailed pictures later on for these steps.

Gingerbread Boy and Girl Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clips

Date Created: Winter 2015
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 1 hour
Pricing: $12
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Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ holiday print ribbon
  • 1/8″ green grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 3/4″ alligator clip
  • 4-6 mm rhinestones
  • thin black rope
  • needle and thread
  • 7/8″ red grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/4″ baby white ricrac
  • tiny googly eyes
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 1″ of 7/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon for head
  • (2) 3″ of 3/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon for arms
  • (2) 4″ of 3/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon for legs
  • 2″ of 3/8″ holiday print ribbon for tiny bow
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ holiday print ribbon for clip liner
  • 3/4″ of 1/8″ green grosgrain ribbon for bow center
  • (2) green 5-6 mm rhinestones for buttons
  • (2) pink 4-5mm pink rhinestones for cheeks
  • 3/4″-1″ of thin black rope for smile
  • needle and thread to make bow
  • 7/8″ red grosgrain ribbon for skirt if making a girl
  • (4) 3/4″ of 1/4″ baby white ricrac for icing on arms and legs
  • (2) approx 5mm tiny googly eyes
 
Gingerbread Tutorial Videos
Arms and legs (Coming very soon, working on the uploads)
Head and face (Coming very soon, working on the uploads)
Skirt (Coming very soon, working on the uploads)

Mini Clippies

Date Created: 12/15/14
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Time to Complete: 5-10 minutes
Pricing:  $1.50 for regular, $1.75 for 2 layer mini clippie
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Materials:
  • All 3/8″ ribbon, colors of choice
  • Single prong 1.75″ salon clip
  • Silly grip non-slip grip
  • Optional: rhinestone or embellishment, 10mm or less
  • Optional: knotted bow center wrap
Measurements:
  • Bow: 3″
  • Bow center wrap: 1″
  • Clip liner: 4.5″
  • Optional: for a double layer bow, use 2.5″ for the top loop and 3″ for the bottom loop

 

Mini Clippies with Knotted Centers

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Mini Clippies with 2 Layers and Knotted Center

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Christmas Wreath Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 11/12/15
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Price: $5 (only because once you get better at making the military braid, you can make them much more quickly)
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Materials Needed:
  • 1/4″ green grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ red grosgrain ribbon (or any color for bow on wreath)
  • 6mm red or colored jewels for embellishment
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 40″ of 1/4″ green
  • 5″ of red for bow
  • 4.5″ of red for clip liner
Instructions:
  • I followed my purchased instructions for Turtle Ribbon Sculpture by Ella Bella Bows for military braid.
Notes:
Make on hair clip, magnet, pin or ornament for tree.
10/9/16: Tried again with the shiny 1/4″ satin and measurements were perfect. Also used 6mm lighter red jewels and 4 1/2″ of the red polka dot ribbon for both the clip liner and bow.
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Reindeer Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is always a kid favorite around the holidays.  Here are the measurements I like to use to make my Reindeer Ribbon Sculptures.
Date Created: Winter 2014
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes?
Pricing: $6-$8
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • 7/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • 7/8″ dark brown grosgrain
  • 3/8″ holiday print
  • googly eyes
  • red glitter pom pom or red button
  • 5-6mm rhinestone or jingle bell
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • Head: 3 1/2″ of 7/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • Ears: (2) 2″ of  3/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • Antlers: (1) 2″ piece of 7/8″ dark brown grosgrain and cut (2) antlers from it
  • Reindeer’s Bow: 4 1/2″ of  3/8″ Christmas ribbon
  • Eyes: (1) pair 7-8mm googly eyes
  • Nose: (1) red glitter pom pom or red button
  • Bow Center (optional): (1) 5-6mm rhinestone or jingle bell
Instructions:
  • Cut and seal all ribbons, except antlers.
  • Fold head piece so that ends meet perpendicularly and glue, pressing down flat.
  • Fold ears so that end overlap forming a teardrop shape, repeat for 2nd ear and then glue ears together and very tip.
  • Glue ears onto back of head.
  • Create a template for the antlers.  These will take lots of practice to get them the way you want and take up the majority of time in the project. Once you cut them out, heat sealing them properly is what really gives them the shape. Once I get them even, then glue on the back.
  • Tie or sew bow and attach. Embellish with jewel or jingle bell.
  • Glue on eyes and nose.
  • Glue onto ribbon lined alligator clip.
Variations:
  • Pink bow and pink nose, or pink and green
  • Any colors to match dress or outfit
  • Mount on pin to wear on outfit
  • Mount on magnet for the fridge
  • Mount on badge holder to wear to work
  • Clip Reindeer clip on to bigger bow or mount directly on bigger bow for more bling
Originally priced at $8 in 2014, but dropped price to $6 in 2015 because I had the materials on hand and I was able to make them faster.
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