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

Family Friday: Meet Carl

This is Carl,

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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!

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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!

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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 info@ribbonandbowsohmy.com. 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!

4 Lovely Valentine Crafts

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought we would share some last minute, fun and easy Valentine crafts! Enjoy!

Felt Coffee Cozy

Wear your love on your sleeve!

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 Burlap Valentine Notebook 

Write 10 things you love about that special person in your life.

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Washi Tape Card

Send love letters to your special friend or loved one.

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Gold Mason Jar

Perfect for your Valentine’s Day flowers!

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Do you have other crafts that you enjoy creating around Valentine’s Day? If so, we would love to hear about them. Happy crafting!

- Lo

DIY Seasonal Dog Collar

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Clip the threads off of the collar and you are done! Be sure to send us photos of your collars on your dogs!

- Lo

Family Friday: Meet Dave

This is Dave,

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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.

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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…

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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)!

Burlap Valentine Notebook

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I love handmade notebooks &  journals! This fun sized notebook is the perfect gift for a journaling friend or significant other in your life. Write them a sweet note or a creative poem in the front flap in celebration of Valentine’s Day!

You will need:

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1.  Cut the burlap a little over half way down the center. Don’t worry about the extra, you will fold it into the book later.

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2.   Glue the card stock to the burlap. Make sure you have even edges along the top and bottom of the notebook. Then fold the extra burlap over the edge of the top and bottom sheets of your card stock and glue.

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3.   Grab the pages of your notebook and cut off a half inch from the edges. This way you won’t see the pages when your notebook is closed.

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4.  Weave the saddle stitch ribbon into the grand natural net ribbon. Then, hot glue the ribbon to the cover of the notebook.

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Almost finished! Just snip off the rough edges and add your personal message in the front flap. We hope this tutorial puts you in the mood for Valentine’s Day as much as it did for us!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

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