I’m pretty sure nothing gets wasted in my craft room.
Even the teeniest bits of off-cuts from scrapbook paper go into a snap lock bag for making handmade cards.
Fabric scraps have their own storage bag for future projects too.
And then there is my collection of hand ripped fabric ribbon…
This is perhaps one of the quickest projects you’ll ever whip up.
Can you say – snip, rip and store. That’s it! About 10 seconds in total.
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Beautiful, shabby, hand ripped pieces of ribbon to use on gift wrapping, packaging, floral bouquets and many mores fabulous crafting uses.
The options are as endless as the variety of fabrics you can use.
What’s more, you can rip your fabric ribbons in whatever width you need. Mine that are shown here are 1” wide, but I’ve made 2” wide ribbon that looks just as gorgeous.
If you want really long pieces of ribbon you can simply sew the ends together.
I tend to rip mine in 1 metre lengths and find that this is perfect for wrapping gifts.
To make your ribbon, snip the edge of your fabric with scissors and then rip the fabric. This will give you that lovely shabby frayed edge that adds to the handmade look of the ribbon.
I’ve wound my fabric ribbon onto spools, but you could wrap it around tags, card or ribbon boards.
Sometimes I even stamp my hand ripped ribbon… like I did in this post at Christmas.
What would use the hand ripped fabric ribbon for?
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The shabby look of this ribbon is so pretty. I often use this effect on spiral bound albums/journals to ‘pretty-up’ the binding.
What a gorgeous idea! Love it.
shirley flavell says
These are so lovely. I would use them for “streamers” or winding around a hoop for a dream catcher which I’m very keen to put together but keep procrastinating about it.I will do it one day.
Teddee Grace says
Love the ribbon and the spools. Any idea if these spools are available in the U.S.?
Jann Olson says
Love it Kerryanne! I stamped some with her words and used it to bundle them. They look cute hanging on them now that they are dried. Never thought of doing fabric and I love the look!
What a great idea to do ahead, Kerryanne! I always want to use these kinds of pretties on packages and bouquets of flowers but sometimes run out of time. Thank you for the tip. Your photos are lovely and so is your ribbon.. Love the hand-stamping and your spools are so charming! And I was thinking that it would be fun to make a gift of a small package of these strips to others. There aren’t any crafters in my circle of local friends or in my family.
Have a wonderful week and thank you always for your lovely inspiration!
Marsha Nigh says
I really like the ribbon that you stamped. Didn’t think of that. Keep up the good work
Are there fabrics that work better for this than others? I’m assuming anything woven is preferred, but can you do it with a knit?
I wouldn’t use a knit fabric Rachel. It’s the frayed edge that gives the desired ‘look’.
Thanks! You are the only site I found – how to rip fabric with frayed edges. Very pretty floral fabric – great idea for packages
Debra A Wise says
Oh my gosh, Kerryanne! I absolutely love this ripped fabric ribbon idea! This is the first time I’ve seen it. Thanks for sharing. What kind of spool is that you’re using to wrap them around?
Eunice M says
Hello, what stops the frayed edge from having loose threads coming off it pls?
Hi Eunice, the frayed edges are what gives this project its homespun look and I find once you’ve ripped your pieces of fabric in long lengths, there is minimal cotton that comes away. You are not washing the ribbon either, so it’s not usually a problem, but if it bothers you, you can use a product like Fray Stop from haberdasheries. Hope that helps 🙂