Ruffled ribbon makeup bag

Ruffled ribbon makeup bag


  • Cotton zip bag
  • 3 x 3m reels of woven ribbon
  • Small piece of ribbon for the zip pull
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle
  •  Scissors
  • Pins

Step 1: Lay ribbon strips on to the front of the plain zip bag to establish the layout of the ribbons.

Step 2: Cut your first length of ribbon, making it twice the length of the width of the bag. Set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch. Start stitching with a couple of forward & backward stitches to ensure a secure start. Stitch a straight line along the centre of the entire length of the ribbon, leaving about 10cm excess thread at the finishing end.

Step 3: Pull the end of the top thread which makes the ribbon start to ruffle up. Keep pulling and ruffling the ribbon until it is the same width as the zip bag. Tie the loose end threads securely in a knot to prevent the ribbon from un-ruffling. Trim threads.

Step 4: Pin to the front of the bag. Repeat steps 2 – 3 until you have enough ruffled ribbon strips to cover the front of the zip bag. Pin all ruffles in place. Hand stitch each ruffle securely to the front of the zip bag along the centre and end of each ribbon.

Step 5: Complete the zip bag by tying a small length of coloured ribbon through the zip pull.

This lovely craft is courtsey of the folks from Hobbycraft.

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