This week's Pink Saturday post is actually a Wednesday's Workshop feature because I'm going to show you all how I put together last week's Bloggerette SororityRush Ribbon. I received a lot of sweet comments and emails from alot of my Sisters so I thought it would be fun to share how I assembled my Rush Ribbon Project.
First, just know that I didn't go out and buy alot of items to make this other than a few of the ribbons and some charms. The rest of the stuff I had on hand and really just wanted to see what I could come up with so that it didn't cost alot of money and time. My original inspiration came from memories of award ribbons and I thought that I could just purchase some gathered ribbon or trim at the craft or fabric stores...NOT! Did you know that they make special sewing machine feet that gather and make ribbon trims...and for the award ribbon industry...yeah there is one...for horse races, etc...they have this great big industrial machines for it. They are like a big production, tool and dye thing...who knew!
Oh yeah...I guess you call them Rosettes ;)
So after watching this video, I was really bummed when I couldn't find that wonderful pleated ribbon so that I could simply apply my glue to my Rosette ;( Ha! Then I found this video showcasing this lovely machine that makes the pleated ribbons...it is as easy as winding bobbins with this thing...lol
I cannot even imagine the cost...lol So I was not to be defeated and I decided that I would just figure out how to make my own pleated ribbon! So to make the base or what I call my "medallion" I simply took off the end of my cardboard ribbon roll...heck I'm being green ;)
I used wired-edged ribbon because it is easier to control and it holds it shape for the pleats as well as for easy of handling while attaching it to the cardboard base as I go around the entire medallion.
First row of pleated ribbon all done!
...and then I needed something to attach the animal print ribbon to because I just couldn't put anymore staples into this base! SO, I found a fabric flower in my stash and hand sewed the ribbon directly to flower.
Before I can finish showing you the final assembly of the medallion I need to show you how I incorporated the required "photos" in my RUSH Ribbon ;) I printed out and cropped the two photos and then attached them to some great pink glitter chipboard frames that I had on hand.
Once the glaze was dry...this stuff is great and only takes a few minutes to adhere to anything and to dry to a very hard finish...I attached a self-adhesive pin to the back of the Sorority Sisters frame. Then I added a couple of black tags to which I had printed on with my label machine the words "Bloggerette Sorority" and "Sister". This represents my formal "pinning" as a "Sister" of the Sorority ;)
...and pressed it firmly down on-top of the entire assembled medallion.
What I didn't show you because I couldn't hold my camera and punch holes at the same time...was that I added another self-adhesive pin back to the back of the medallion as well as I punch two holes at the bottom of the cardboard base to hang my chain of ribbons and charms from...see below for finished front photos ;)
So to finish assembly my RUSH Ribbon, I cut three lengths of ribbons, two animal prints and one pink and a strand of pearls to hang from another pink glitter frame. Sorry ladies, I did not measure...I simply laid out the ribbon to the desired finished length and cut the ends with a "v" tail. Then I looped the ribbons through the frame top and secured them like a men's tie.
Be sure to hop on over to Beverly's blog, How Sweet The Sound and say hello to all the Pink Saturday ladies. Next week I want to take the time to feature a few of my pink ladies who have been so kind and welcoming. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and remember, if you can not be good, be careful ;)