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Specialty Shop: a little lookbook

We love the RABOM Specialty Shop. Maybe it’s because it’s impossible to look at sparkly, wired ribbon without thinking “Christmas!” or maybe because we subconsciously just want presents (wrapped in these, of course). Or maybe we just love the Specialty Shop because the ribbon is just gorgeous and stylish! In honor of our 20% off sale going on through Tueday 9/30 (just two more days!) here’s a post of some of our favorite items from the RABOM Specialty Shop! Wired ribbon, embroidered ribbon, christmas ribbon, burlap, chevron, checks and color galore!

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New Winter Holiday release!

We’re so in love with these new Winter Holiday 2014 prints! We had a bunch on the table, so to speak, before narrowing it down to these 5 releases. And the BOWS – oh my WORD the bows! – are looking so cute! We can’t wait to see what our Ribbonistas come up with. So here’s some detailed, high-res looks at Winter Wonderland,Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM!Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM!Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM!Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM! Christmas 2014 prints at RABOM!

RABOM Bowmaker Spotlight: Granna’s Goodies

You just have to see these in person. They’re perfect! Granna’s Goodies bows are the expert work of one Granna, Sharon C. You can find her on Facebook and do all your shopping with her there – find price lists, size charts, and payment and order info on the left-hands side of her FB wall.

So what do we love about these bows? Well WHERE to start! The variety of colors and textures in these bows is so delightful and well-balanced. These are the kind of bows that a Bowmaker can love and appreciate just as much as a kiddo who just loves big bows! They’re beautiful from all angles and SO well made. Granna’s Goodies is a bowmaker after our own hearts – frills, loops, glitter, integrity and clearly made with love! Thank you to Sharon C. for letting us snap some pics of these great creations!

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Tutorial Tuesday: Christmas Ribbon Tree!

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blogThis craft debuted at our Fall Tent Sale and HairBOWnanza! While it proved to be a bit difficult for the kiddos (they did a great job! Thank goodness mamas were there to lend a guiding hand!), it was a HUGE hit with moms and Ribbonistas alike. And for good reason! Do you have a couple of scraps of green ribbon? Do you have a stick? Great! You’re set!

We’d love to see these decorate a garland on a mantle, use different colors of ribbon, or go really teeny tiny, like 4 inches tall and in entirely 3/8 inch grosgrain! Or maybe using alternating stick heights, the trees grow tall and skinny, get potted in some tall, skinny terre cotta pots and become standing table top decorations! There are a lot of possibilities with this Christmas Ribbon Tree.

So you’re going to need the following (items in italics are optional but shown):

  • a smallish stick (4 to 7 inches tall, no more than 2 inches in diameter, extra points if the stick has a good joint at the top that can serve as an anchor for your hanging string!)
  • at least 5 collective feet of ribbon, strands starting at “13 and going down to “6, in a mixture of 1.5, 7/8, 5/8, and 3/8 inch ribbon
  • jute, twine or a strand of burlap for the hanger
  • 3/8 inch sparkle ribbon for a bow
  • glue gun
  • lighter
  • scissors

 

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1. Cut your ribbons into strips, starting at 13 inches, and going down 1 inch in length until you have 8 strips, the shortest one being 6 inches. If you want to tie your ribbons to your stick first, then trim second, that’s a good option as well, although you may use more ribbon than necessary. Insider tip: Use stiff ribbon like grosgrain, sparkle tulle, RABOM iridescent, or something similar. Satins will work at shorter lengths, but shouldn’t be used for your bottom “branches” because they are not stiff enough to hold themselves horizontally. Double Ruffle will work at mid to short lengths. 

  • 13 inch – 1.5 inch wide
  • 13 inch – 11 inch strips of ribbon: 7/8 inch wide
  • 10 inch – 9 inch strips of ribbon: 5/8 inch wide
  • 8 inch – 6 inch strips of ribbon: 3/8 inch wide

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

2. Tie your ribbons along the stick, using a double knot. Be careful to get the ribbon directly centered under the stick so both of your “branches” are of equal length. Make sure your second knot alternates directions – if your bottom knot was over-under, your top knot should be reversed. This is how you ensure your ribbon sticks out horizontally and is not shifted in one direction. The second knot should try to correct the direction of the first so there’s balance – I’ve attempted to show this, I hope it comes across! Just keep tugging till you get it into place – this may take a couple of tries but you got it, dude.

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2.a. Trim your ribbons if necessary, then seal their ends with a lighter or other heat source. Carefully. I used a brand-new lighter to do this and things got a bit crispy!

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3. Make a tiny bow, glue it on top! Using a fork, create a tiny basic bow, wrap thread around the center, cinch into a knot then trim your ends to your liking. Seal those ends.

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4. Secure your twine / burlap / jute to the top of your stick. If there is no joint at the top, make sure your knot is tight to the stick!

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

Enjoy this adorable tree! This craft can be as advanced or basic as fits your needs – precut your ribbon for a kids craft, and go CRAZY with ribbons, garlands, different heights and pots for a very fun Mama-level craft!

Thoughtful Thursday: Holiday Gift Wrapping

Ho ho ho…Santa’s on his way!! We wanted to step up our wrapping game this year and put something special under the tree!  Our Specialty Shop had exactly what we needed! Even better, ALL Specialty Shop items are 30% off until 12/10 at midnight est!

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If you’re not into wired ribbon you can still use your favorite RABOM Polka, Swiss, Stripes and Printed Ribbon to make super cute gifts. Did we also mention that ALL Printed Ribbon is 15% off until 12/10?

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We love them all but which gift wrapping do you like best?

Happy Wrapping Friends!!

- Lo

5 Easy Holiday Projects Using RABOM Ribbon

Are you itching to buy some new ribbon? Well here are 5 easy  & straightforward holiday projects you can do with RABOM ribbon!

1. Tie some 1/4″ ribbon around the stem of your wine glasses for a festive touch. Use a different color to help guests keep track of their drinks.

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2. Make matching bows for your family portrait. You can even include the boys by making them coordinating bow ties. Ribbon for the bow below > http://bit.ly/1a7mVk0

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3. Use ribbon to hang tree ornaments. It’s much prettier than those ugly wire hooks.

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4. Make a dove ornament with 1/4″  ribbon.

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5. Tie a festive bow, with satin ribbon, on your house plants…why should the tree get all of the glory? :)

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If these weren’t enough ideas you’ll be glad to know that there are many more to come. Let us know which idea is your favorite!

- Lo

DIY Burlap Advent Banner

I know it’s crazy, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. What better way to kick start the holidays than with an advent banner that is fun for you and the kids? Plus, it’s the perfect size to hang over the fireplace.

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You will need:

1. First, we cut our 2.5″ burlap ribbon into 12″ pieces.

2. Fold in 1″ on left side, fold 1/2″ on right side. Then take right side and fold in 3 inches to make the pocket. You will need to make 25 pockets.

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3. Stitch the pockets with your baker’s twine.

4. Cut your satin ribbon into 12″ pieces and tie them into bows. You can mix and match colors as you wish. You need a total of 25 bows.

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5. Time to make your pockets pretty. Attach your bows with a drop of hot glue. Make sure to leave room for the numbers. We went the simple way and wrote our numbers with sharpie but feel free to get as creative as you’d like.

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6. Put your banner together by stringing the backs of each pocket to a long strip of baker’s twine. Attach bells or other embellishments as you wish.

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We made our advent banner pop by pairing it with a triangle bunting made from wrapping paper. If this project doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, we don’t know what will.

- Lo

No-Sew Holiday Silverware Holders

Burlap Silverware Holders

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Impress your dinner guests with simple, yet elegant, burlap silverware holders. We went with a holiday theme however, these would be the perfect touch for a football or new year’s themed party.

You will need:

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Directions:

1. First, cut a 22″ piece of 4″ Poly Burlap  and cut an additional 22″ piece of 2.5″ Burlap in a coordinating color. Remove the wire from the 4″ Poly Burlap.

2. Next, fuse the 2.5″ Burlap to the center of the 4″ Poly Burlap.

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3. Now it’s time to fold the pocket. Fold the left side in 2 inches (Make sure the “nice side” is face down).  Fuse together.  Fold the right side in 7 inches.  Fuse together.  Then fold the left side again 5 inches to create the pocket.

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4. Use the fuse tape to complete the pocket by running it from the inside of the pocket down to the 5″ seam.

5. Embellish as you’d like!! We kept it simple by adding a small satin bow. You could attach a sprig from your Christmas tree for a more natural look.

6. That’s it! You’ve finished the first of your silverware holders.

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The best part about these is that they will never go out of style. You can reuse them for years to come. How would you embellish your silverware holders?

- Lo

Ribbon Embellished Gifts

Ribbon Embellished Gifts

Ribbon is a great way to add some extra flair to your gift wrapping. Here are some examples of ways to use ribbon in gift wrapping:

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The Sewing Loft via Skip To My Lou

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One Charming Party

For What It’s Worth…or Not

I hope these posts inspire you to use ribbon to add that special touch to your gifts. I only have a few gifts left to wrap, but I know some people still have a lot of wrapping left to do. Good luck finishing up all of your holiday preparations!

Elizabeth

Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament

Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament

I have a bunch of metal cookie cutters left over from my wedding favors, so I decided to recycle them to make some cute Christmas ornaments. You could add these to the tops of your gifts with the gift tag to give your presents that “special touch”.

Supplies:

  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Ribbon(I recommend 3/8″ or 5/8″)
  • Double sided tape or craft glue.

Directions:

1. I used a three yard piece of ribbon to wrap my 2.5″ heart and had a little extra at the end. Start out by putting a piece of double sided tape or a dot of glue on the inside of your cookie cutter.

2. Put one end of your ribbon on the tape/glue and start wrapping it around the cookie cutter. Make sure you overlap your ribbon as you wrap.

3. Stop wrapping when you have about two to three “wraps” left. Put some glue or double sided tape at the top center of your ornament.

4. Make a ribbon loop for your ornament(I tied a bow at the top of mine). Adhere your loop to the top of the ornament.

5. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the ornament and the ribbon loop until the cookie cutter is covered. I did a few extra wraps to make sure that the loop/hanger was equally wrapped on both sides of its center.

Enjoy making these quick, but cute ornaments for all of your family and friends!

Elizabeth

Part of Skip To My Lou Made By You Monday

 

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