March 13, 2009

Beautiful, Useful and Thankfilled!

Here is a great gift to make for your sewist friends - colorful ribbon-bedecked pattern weights! Omega shared this idea with me at recent sewing meet-up. I whipped up 4 sets of these to give as thank you gifts to our DC Threads Sewing Lounge volunteers!

You start with 2-inch metal washers (that's right, head to the local INDEPENDENT hardware store), about 1 yard of 1/2 to 5/8-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon per weight (from your LOCAL fabric/craft shop), and a glue gun or crafting glue.

Super super simple - just glue one end of the ribbon to the washer/weight and start wrapping the ribbon 'round and 'round and 'round. Be certain to keep the ribbon taut and evenly spaced as you wrap.

When you have completely covered the washer with ribbon, clip the ribbon- be certain to leave enough ribbon to fold under the raw edge - and then add a dab of glue and voile!

A snazzy handmade gift sure to be well used and appreciated!


Anonymous said...

oh how cute. I always just use my wine glass.

Laura Lee said...

Empty I hope - a waste of good wine otherwise! Thanks for the note!

Natalie said...

I LOVE this idea!! I will have to whip some up asap. I have to keep them on hand for gifts as well. Thanks for sharing.