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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!
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.
Enjoy making these cute and easy aprons!
Elizabeth – originally posted 1/20/12
This is Logan,
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.
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.
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.
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!
You will need:
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.
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.
4. Let your ball dry for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.
All finished! Just remove the shriveled up balloon and crusty Mod Podge.
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.
This is Carl,
Carl is responsible for overseeing just about everything at RABOM. From customer service, to answering the phone and solving your problems, to making sure orders go out in a timely fashion, Carl does it all. This is a big job, especially when we run one of our famous, money-saving sales, and orders are flying out the door!
A man of many talents, Carl recently finished the Chattanooga Six Bridges Marathon…and actually felt pretty good afterwards! Run 26.2 miles on Saturday and show up for work on Monday…that’s Carl!
The most recent and most important news is that Carl is going to be a DAD this August. He and Janessa are busy trying to decide on names. If you have a suggestion, please send it along to Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are pretty much set on a boy’s name, but girl’s names are up in the air. Say hi to Carl when you visit RABOM and offer your congratulations!
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought we would share some last minute, fun and easy Valentine crafts! Enjoy!
Wear your love on your sleeve!
Write 10 things you love about that special person in your life.
Washi Tape Card
Send love letters to your special friend or loved one.
Gold Mason Jar
Perfect for your Valentine’s Day flowers!
Do you have other crafts that you enjoy creating around Valentine’s Day? If so, we would love to hear about them. Happy crafting!
I love dogs! I love ribbon, and I love crafting! So it’s only natural to make a personalized dog collar for my main man. With so many fun designs to choose from it’s easy to find a print or solid for your pup’s collar.
You will need:
For this project I suggest you work through the steps without sewing first. It can be very frustrating to have to take out triple stitches so put it together to get the feel of how it works.
1. Measure your dogs neck. You will take this number (my dog’s neck is 17”) and add 11” inches. For my dog that means I need 28” of webbing and ribbon. Easy!
2. Seal the ends of your ribbon and webbing with a lighter to prevent fraying.
3. Center and sew your ribbon to webbing.
4. Take one end and slide it through the strap adjuster – fold over about two inches and stitch this end down. Do two lines of stitching – go back and forth a few times with your reverse button. You can even do an hourglass stitch for a stronger hold.
5. Now, flip it upside down where the webbing shows.
6. Take the female buckle, curved side down, and thread onto the webbing on the opposite end of the strap adjuster.
7. Next, run the end you just threaded back through the strap adjuster. Then, add the D ring.
8. Now, attach the male buckle by threading it up through the end away from the prongs, and back down through the other.
9. Pull 2-3” inches through, keeping the D ring in the middle of the fold you just created. Sew either lines or hourglass stitches on each side of the D ring to secure the buckle.
Clip the threads off of the collar and you are done! Be sure to send us photos of your collars on your dogs!
This is Dave,
Dave is our newest employee but he has quickly become an important member of the RABOM family, assisting in running our printing machines. Dave keeps a close eye on the process, making sure the prints are always of the highest quality.
When not printing ribbon here at RABOM, Dave likes to be outside enjoying all the wonderful things Chattanooga has to offer: hiking biking and climbing. He recently moved to Chattanooga from Greenfield, Indiana, so he has those great middle-America values. His accent needs work, and he still loves Indiana University Basketball, but we are being patient. Dave is currently single, but we know a young lady who has plans for his future. He doesn’t seem to mind…
Be sure to say hi to Dave when you visit RABOM. He will be in the printing room keeping things on track (no small task when all three machines are running)!
Seriously, how adorable are these? Washi tape hearts are perfect for any Valentine’s Day decorations. We decided to hang ours “bunting banner style” in the foyer but they also make perfect Valentine’s Day cards. We thought we would go ahead and make flowers as well since spring is right around the corner. At least for those of us in the south!
What I love most about decorating with washi tape is that you can make almost any design or object as long as your scissors can cut out the shape.
You will need:
1. Start by drawing your design. You will want to make sure you use a dark colored ink so that you can see the design through the other side of the card-stock.
2. Flip your card stock over and stick on the washi tape. You can alternate colors as much as you’d like. Make sure you cover your drawings on the back.
3. Cut out our designs.
4. If you choose to hang your cards, punch a whole in the top and string through a lengthy piece of ribbon.
How easy was that? Don’t you love how the colors and textures pop with washi tape? These card stock hearts and flowers are certain to brighten your day. Happy card making!
It’s almost Superbowl time! Looking to make bows or bow ties for the upcoming games? We have you covered. Below are color matches for the remaining teams. Please keep in mind that these are the closest matches, not exact matches. Have fun cheering on your favorite team!
Buy Solid Grosgrain HERE
Dark Royal, White, Millennium Silver & Red
Sapphire, Lypple or Neon Green, Millennium Silver
Cranberry & Gold
Dark Royal & Orange
This is Casey!
Casey is our favorite part-time worker here at RABOM! When she is not attending classes, Casey can be found at our “Ribbon Ranch” filling orders, rolling ribbon, counting hardware & doing whatever it takes to help get your orders shipped as quickly and accurately as possible.
The rest of the week you can find Casey at our local university (UT-Chattanooga) where she is pursuing a degree in radiology. The class work is hard, but Casey is a dedicated and serious student, so we know she will be successful. A native of Memphis, Casey loves Chattanooga but enjoys going home to visit her family and friends. Ask her about Graceland…she has been there!
Be sure to say “hi” to Casey when you visit RABOM. She answers to “Casey,” “Blondie,” or ”Cheerleader.” You will be sure to get a big smile in return.
This is one of my favorite projects because key fobs are so easy and useful! Plus, they are fun for the whole family. You can give one to every family member so they never lose the house key or keep it as an accessory on your key ring. They also make great gifts! Super simple and personalized.
You will need:
1. Sew your ribbon to the webbing. Place the ribbon on top of the webbing and stitch down each side. You may use a fusible webbing to keep your ribbon in place as you stitch.
2. Fold the sewn piece in half.
3. Place the hardware over the raw end & crimp. Be sure to secure the hardware; if it isn’t fully closed the fob will come apart if pulled.
4. For an additional look, use 5 inches of the webbing and ribbon. I love these little fobs..they are perfect for the kids.
You can use the iron or a flat iron (regular hair flat iron) if you have ribbon that needs a good ironing!
Happy key fob making!
It’s cold outside and all we can think about is warmer weather! We are definitely in the mood for some fun spring crafts and would love to get some ideas from you!
For you to be a guest blogger submit your favorite craft, using at least one RABOM product, and your instructions to email@example.com. In addition to having your tutorial featured on our blog, the first 10 submissions will also be entered to win $50 worth of RABOM product (shown below).
As you can see, we have put together a special basket full of RABOM goodies that are perfect for your Valentine’s & Spring bows and crafts. We can’t wait to see what ideas you all have. Thank you for participating and good luck!
Hi…my name is Lucille, and I am a craft-a-holic…
There, I said it. It all began back in the 70s when my grandmother taught me to crochet. First it was scarves and mittens, and within a few months I was putting my toboggans on all the neighborhood kids…even in July! Of course I had to feed my habit with yarn. All the beautiful colors were so intoxicating. I just couldn’t help myself.
Then, when I was spending my allowance on yet another lovely color of crochet yarn, I saw, there, in the corner of my eye, a book of counted cross stitch patterns. I had to have it and all the beautiful embroidery thread…and all the frames…and a cute basket to keep it in. Someone help me!
When I went off to college, I thought hanging out with my new people would help me control my habit. Occasionally, when my roommate was asleep, I would sneak out my Christmas sampler and stitch a few more angels.
When I met Ed, the love of my life, I realized I had found someone who could understand my issues. After all, he had a thing for tools. When I saw him standing in the tool aisle at Home Depot, that glassy eyed stare, I knew he understood the helplessness, the craving.
We really tried to help each other and had only occasional lapses, when it hi…the scrapbooking craze. Heaven help me! The beautiful paper, the fancy scissors, the appliqués! Ed became an enabler…he even built me a scrapbooking desk.
Scrapbooking led to the most consuming addition of all. When looking for ribbon for a special page celebrating my daughter’s first birthday, it happened. I discovered Ribbon and Bows Oh My (RABOM). Wow! The selection, the colors, all those prints. They even have a blog showing you how to make the most unique and simple crafts. I couldn’t stay away. Two, sometimes three times a week I will sneak over to their location to shop and to smell the ribbon. Their website is always on my tablet and phone.
Please, someone, tell me how to control this…but not right now. I have to get online: RABOM is selling Valentine prints at 25% off until 12/31!!
How many of you can relate to Lucille? I know that I can!
Post contributed by our favorite storyteller, Clark.
We were tired of looking at the plain, ugly brown tables in our craft room. We don’t know about you but it’s so much more motivating to do a craft in a clean and fun room. We decided to add some personality to the tables while keeping them simple.
For this project you will need:
- Sewing patterns (We bought our patterns from a local thrift store)
- Roller Brush & Paint Tray
- 2 Bottles of Mod Podge
- 1 Small Can of polyurethane
1. First you need to clean off the surface of you table. Scrape off any tape, glue or sticky paper. Luckily, we only found one or two pieces of chewed gum on our tables
2. Now for the fun part. Layer the Mod Podge on the table and place patterns strategically in the Mod Podge. We recommend covering the table with larger pattern pieces to start with.
3. Once you have a base layer of large patterns, you can add another layer of Mod Podge and repeat the process with smaller patterns to fill in the gaps. Make sure to get the lip of the table as well.
4. Go over the table one last time with Mod Podge. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours. You might want to take this time to clean off your brushes and paint tray.
5. Now it’s time to coat your table with polyurethane. Using the same (clean) brush as you did for the Mod Podge, go over your table with a few layers of polyurethane. You can never over seal your table, so put on as many coats as you’d like.
How fun was that? This table is certain to give your craft room the sophisticated and fun look you’ve always wanted. Let us know how it goes!