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pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments

Today’s project is a favorite because of it’s versatility.

pleated-ombre-ribbon-sweater-

The technique is simple: hand pleat ribbon and stitch onto desired item. I chose one of Audrey’s simple cardigan sweaters, but you could easily do this to a t shirt, a pillow, a headband, shoe clips … just use your imagination.

Here’s what you’ll need:

supplies-for-sweater-with-pleated-ribbon

:: sweater {or t shirt, pillow, etc
:: various ribbons {grosgrain or satin}
:: coordinating thread
:: scissors
:: sewing machine and pins {not shown}

Start by laying out a pattern for your ribbon.

lay-out-ribbon-in-desired-order

Next, create knife pleats {folds that go in the same direction} and iron to hold shape.  I just folded by hand, but you could mark measurements if you’d like your pleats to be perfectly spaced.

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Pin pleated ribbon onto sweater in desired location.

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Continue pleating each ribbon and pin to sweater.

   pin-all-pleats-to-the-sweater

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Using a matching thread, stitch along the top of the ribbon pleat.

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Switch out your thread with each different color of ribbon.

Here’s the final product:  pleated-ribbon-sweater

Isn’t it darling?!

ombre-pleated-ribbon-sweater

A very simple way to embellish.

I’d love to see what you are inspired to create … be sure to share your pleated project on friday!

13 Responses to pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments

  1. Christie April 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Once again, this is cool but so easy! You’re making me think that I could actually do stuff like this… love it.

  2. kristin M April 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I love your color choices and width variation. This would also be great if the sweater (t-shirt, pillowcase, etc.) had a stain you wanted to cover.

  3. Kelly E. April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    SO cute!! And easy! Can you IG a pic of Audrey wearing it?! I would love to see it on her.

    • emily April 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Yes … when she’s in the mood to model :)

  4. Anja April 9, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Love the color combo! Cute! =)

  5. Sarah April 9, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    So cute! Where do you buy your ribbon? The colors are so pretty!

    • emily April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      These are all assorted ribbons I found in my overflowing ribbon bins. My favorite grosgrain is petersham grosgrain {the white ribbon is this}. The link to purchase is here: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/tools-i-use/

  6. Jill April 9, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Absolutely darling!

  7. Katie April 9, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    Adorable!! Wanted to ask – do you wash your ribbon before you sew with it? Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

    • emily April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      I did not wash it ahead of time.

  8. Mary Beth April 9, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Really cute idea, Emily!!! And I always love your gross grain ribbons. The stiff ones in Hobby Lobby just don’t cut it for me. :)