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DIY Paper Ribbon Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 09/16/2020 5 Comment(s) Tutorials,Videos,Tags,


Hello, G45ers!

  It is a great day to learn a new #G45Technique.  Today Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Elizajane shows us how to create our own paper ribbons from scrap papers.  Grab your scraps and turn on your sewing machine and join us in creating your own paper embellishments.


Pleated Paper Ribbons

By Elizajane


“This is a great way to use your leftover paper scraps. As well as, being so fun and easy to make! 


All you need is 1” and ½” paper strips and a sewing machine. In the above samples I used 1” Graphic 45 patterned paper strips combined with ½” strips of vintage dictionary paper or tracing paper. 


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Also, try using different distress ink colours either before you sew the two strips together or afterwards. And try changing the thread colours too. 


The combinations of patterned papers and vintage papers, ribbon, lace, thread, distress inks or anything else you can think of are endless. Just experiment and have fun.


I usually stick with a certain colour palette for each individual roll. Then when I am looking for a certain colour embellishment, I know which roll to look through.



The uses for the completed pleated paper ribbon are also endless. Try using them when making tags, cards, scrapbook pages or junk journals.


I hope you give this fun and simple technique a try and have a creative day!” ~Elizajane 


Video Tutorial:

DIY Paper Ribbons by Elizajane for Graphic 45



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Graphic 45 Supply List:

Various Graphic 45 Patterned Paper Scraps

Regular Tags - Kraft

G45 Script & Argyle Stamps



Other Supplies:

Antique book pages, vellum, tracing paper, etc.

Distress Inks

Sewing machine and thread


G45 Monthly Kits

Now Available - Volume 09



Happy Papercrafting!  


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5 Comment(s)

Martie Rollin:
09/16/2020, 02:07:46 PM

I wanted to see projects that featured this paper ribbon...thanks for the examples! Stitching always adds a certain level of vintage style to any project. Nice!

Jan Kennedy:
09/16/2020, 03:19:46 PM

Nice idea for taking some projects over the top!

Nancy Wethington:
09/17/2020, 03:15:42 AM,

What a great idea! Can't wait to try.

Glenda Buster:
09/17/2020, 01:17:29 PM

Thank you for tutorial on how to make paper ribbon.

Mare Williams:
10/15/2020, 07:03:53 PM

LOVE, LOVE the DIY paper Ribbons!!!! i can't wait to try making my own!!

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