Friday, October 14, 2011

Curly Ribbon and Blue Pigs

Last week I posted about the applique part of a quilt I was making. At that time, I hadn't decided how to do the tails. I finally decided it would be fun to use curly grosgrain ribbon. It is super easy to make curly ribbon. In addition to pig tails, it would be very cute in children's hairbows, in fairy wands with netting and other sparkles, and on gifts.

To make it, wrap grosgain ribbon around a dowel. The tighter your wrap it, the tighter your curls will be. I am using about a 3/8" dowell  here, but you can use smaller diameters, too. I secured each end with duct tape. Then I wet it and popped it in a warm oven -- about 250 degrees.. (I suppose you could also use a hair dryer.)  When it is dry, remove from the oven and let it cool off. Remove it from the dowel and use it in your project.


Here's the finished quilt I made. I sewed down the curls so that it could be washed.
Mrs. Pigg loved it!

8 comments :

Brave Brooke said...

I loved it! It turned out great! I almost took it home with me :) JK~!

Just Jaime said...

Your quilt turned out very cute! Love the tails!

waymom said...

That came out super cute! Great job!

Jordan McCollum said...

So cute! Good thinking, sewing down the tails. The first thing I thought when I was reading along was, "Oh, but she won't be able to get it wet, then, will she?" Naturally you already thought of that!

Tracy said...

Ohhh this is the cutest quilt I have ever seen!!!!
I love the little piggy tails, how adorable.
So Creative :)

Cook Clean Craft said...

That is just adorable! Time to get out my ribbon stash and start curling. Thanks for the tips.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This looks AMAZING!!!! So cute!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

PS. I have my first real giveaway happening with some awesome nursery or kids room art prints. If you're interested, come by and check it out!

Heather Landry said...

Oh my gosh how cute is that?! I always wondered how to make the ribbon curly.

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