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Tutorial Tuesday: Summer Picnic Placemats

Happy Earth Day, friends!

What better way to enjoy all of the beauty that nature has to offer than with a picnic at your favorite local park? We thought that picnic table placemats were the perfect craft to celebrate this Earth Day!

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For this project, you will need:

  • 4, 1.5″ 20 yard spools of grosgrain ribbon. You can choose any color you’d like.
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Iron
  • Roughly 2 Yards Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing (20 inches wide)

placemats1. Start by cutting your ribbon into strips. Cut enough strips to fill the interfacing lengthwise and widthwise.

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2. Lay your ribbon on top of the interfacing with micro-beads facing up. Then, begin to weave the ribbon into a pattern of your choice. Adjust as you go along to get the ribbon as tight and close as you can. Try to have little to no interfacing showing through.

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4. Iron away! Make sure your iron is really hot with no water or steam. You might have to hold it in certain places to make sure that it sticks well.

placemats_75. Cut any excess ribbon from the edge and go over the pattern a second time with your iron to insure that the ribbon has bonded with the interfacing.

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6. Cut the pattern into separate placemats. We chose to cut our placemats every 8 pieces of ribbon. This gave us placemats that were roughly 12 inches tall.

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placemats_147. Last but not least, run a lighter along the edges of the placemat cleaning up any frays.

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All finished! Time to enjoy your placemats.

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Family Friday: Meet Charles

This is Charles.

charlesCharles has recently taken over the important responsibility of operating our digital ribbon cutting machine here at Ribbon and Bows. Charles exercises great care to be sure your ribbons are cut to the correct length. This is a big job, and Charles has really stepped up in the short time he has been here.

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A man of many interests, Charles attended our local performing arts high school where he became an accomplished cello player. In addition to being a volunteer firefighter, Charles is making plans to begin an apprenticeship program to become a licensed pipe fitter.

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Wow! Charles has a lot going on! He barely has time to walk Sargent, his lovable pit bull.Be sure to say hi to Charles next time you visit us here at RABOM. He is the one keeping our cutting machine humming.

Wednesday Read: The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts

Here at Rabom, we already know that crafting with ribbon is fun and super easy. Many novice ribbon users think that bows are one of the few things to make with ribbon…but the possibilities are endless. Use this book to give you hundreds of ideas to discover all of the creative things you can do with ribbon.

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You can order it at your local bookstore or from Amazon.

Family Friday: Meet Tisa

This is Tisa.

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Tisa comes in three days a week to check and rectify our inventory here at RABOM. With over 30,000 items to track, ship and replenish, keeping up with everything is a big job! Our goal is always to ship the specific item a customer needs, and ship exactly when they need it. Tisa helps to fulfill that goal.

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Tisa recently retired from 30 years of service in the library at Chattanooga State. The skills she developed there come in handy as she works to keep the RABOM house in order.

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Oh, yes…she happens to be married to Clark (for 45 years…but who’s counting), our resident do-it-all person. They enjoy all that Chattanooga has to offer. On sunny days, Tisa and Clark can be found riding their bikes around one of Chattanooga’s many parks and trails. Tisa is also an avid Face-booker, often posting pictures of her flower garden & her grandsons.

Be sure to say hi to Tisa when you visit RABOM. She is the one with the clipboard and the big smile.

Wednesday Read: Craft Inc.

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Hi crafters!

If you are looking for a way to turn what you do for fun into what you do to make money we highly recommend checking out this book! If you are already a small business owner, there are still many things that you can learn from other business owners. Pro crafter Meg Mateo Ilasco offers a step-by-step guide to everything from developing your products to writing a business plan. Her inspirational and practical advise is great for all of us.

You can purchase the book from your local bookstore or here on Amazon. Let us know what you think!

Rabom Ribbonista: Brenda

This week our featured RABOM Ribbonista is Brenda Mayfield. She is a talented local crafter who makes these adorable Owl Purses with hints of our ribbon. To purchase one of these adorable purses, contact Brenda at maybk5@epbfi.com.

owl pursesWhat wonderful birthday or thank you presents! Which color is your favorite?

Retro Ribbon Photo Album

I plan to take tons of road trips this summer and I was looking for the perfect photo album to hold my pictures but just couldn’t find one. So, I decided to make my own using some of my favorite ribbon from RABOM.

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For this craft you will need:

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  • Photo Album
  • 1 Yard Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing
  • Roughly 20 Yards Of Various Colored Ribbon (More colors = less yards per color)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue Gun

1. Start by placing your photo album on the Pellon Interfacing to get an accurate measurement. Leave at least a 2″ perimeter around all sides of the album.

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2. Place ribbon horizontally over the interfacing. Once done, start weaving other colors in vertically to create a checkered pattern. Now would be a good time to plug in your iron.

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3. Push ribbon close together so that there is no interfacing showing.

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4. Iron away! Make sure to get the corner pieces.

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5. Flip over and place the album on the back side of the interfacing. Cut a square piece of interfacing off of each corner and pieces off of center binding. Leave a little length on one side to accommodate ribbon movement when closing the album.

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6. Take one end of your photo album and fold in and glue down all sides. Partially close album and then glue down all sides on the other end of the album.

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7. Burn the ribbon edges to prevent fraying. All finished!

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Optional: You can incorporate RABOM’s custom printing to make special wedding presents or team photo albums!

These make the perfect housewarming, wedding or birthday gifts! Have fun with yours and try all kinds of fun designs & patterns!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

No Sew Apron

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This no sew apron is a quick, easy project for the busy spring months. It will take you no time at all to whip up one of these as a hostess gift or birthday present for your favorite cook. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

Directions:

1. Measure your waist and add about 36 inches to determine your ribbon length. Cut the ribbon and seal the ends. I used 7/8″ ribbon, but 1.5″ would work as well.

2. Line up the middle of your ribbon piece with the middle of the dish towel. Secure your ribbon to the top of the dish towel using Liquid Stitch or iron on adhesive.

3. You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? These aprons are also great to make for your little helpers. I loved putting on my very own apron and helping my mom in the kitchen when I was a kid.

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Enjoy making these cute and easy aprons!

Elizabeth – originally posted 1/20/12

Family Friday: Meet Logan

This is Logan,

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A recent graduate of our favorite institution of higher learning, The University of Tennessee (Go Big Orange!), Logan joined our RABOM staff last spring. As the Creative Director, she is responsible for our blog, Facebook page, Pinterest page, crafting tutorials, and all of our internet-based marketing efforts (whew!) Our sales have steadily increased over the past few months, and Logan’s efforts have played a big part in our success. She always has good instincts where customers needs are concerned.

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When she is not helping to create attractive designs and promoting new products here at RABOM, Logan teaches yoga at local gyms. She skis, hikes and seems to be in constant motion. Her favorite hiking companion is Waker, her Siberian Husky.

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Be sure to say hi to Logan the next time you visit RABOM. She is the blonde with the laptop in one hand and a big “to-do” list in the other.

Baker’s Twine Ball

With temperatures of 60+ degrees, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring around here. We thought it would be fun to make festive spring decorations for around the office so we gathered up some extra baker’s twine to make fun string balls. This project might be a little messy but it is totally worth it!

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You will need:

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1. Blow your balloon into the shape you want. We went with a medium sized ballon so that it was a little rounder. You can coat your balloon with Vaseline so the twine won’t stick to balloon once dry.

2. Pour Mod Podge into the container and soak your twine. This is when it starts to get messy so make sure you do this outside or over a towel.

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3. Start wrapping your twine around the balloon. Wrap vertically, horizontally and diagonally. You can use multiple pieces of twine to avoid tangles. If so, cut out the tangle and tuck the loose string under a wrapped piece of twine.

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4. Let your ball dry for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.

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All finished! Just remove the shriveled up balloon and crusty Mod Podge.

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You can make additional twine balls with our fun spring colored twine! These are perfect for parties or spring weddings! We’d love to hear how you use your twine balls.

- Lo

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