Tying Ribbon with a Block

Here is a little magic from the garden for you:
Last week I promised I would post a little tutorial on using a clear mount block to tie ribbon.  I better keep my promise, so here it is.  I learned this trick from my upline, Mary Sue Osborn.  It really helps me get a lovely tie that lies snugly against my project, and saves a few inches of card stock as well.
Here is the finished project.
Our collection of Stampin’ Up! Blocks is perfect
and provides a variety of sizes for different needs.
For this one I used Block B.
This ribbon is going to go on a piece of cardstock 4 ” wide, 
so I measured a piece about 5″
plus another 5″ for the knot for a total of 10″
If I were doing a bow, I would add 11″ for a total of 16″.
As narrower ribbon doesn’t take as much ribbon,
I would add about 9 1/2″ or 10″ for a bow
of 1/4″ Grosgrain or 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon.
Here is a picture from another project.
This is Block D.  I need it for a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/4″.
I wrapped the ribbon around the block to measure the length.
Marking it with my fingers, I checked it against the card stock
and found it just the right length with enough left over to secure the ends.
Then I added 11″, since I want to tie a bow.  
You will see this bow on tomorrow’s post.
OK, back to the blue ribbon:
I wrapped the ribbon around the block and tied a square knot.
(Remember Girl Scouts?  Right over left, left over right.)
Now here is the great part. 
I can fuss with and tug on this knot until I have it looking
just the way I want it.
Meanwhile I am not smooshing my project
or bending it out of shape.
Next I turn the block over and cut the ribbon in the middle.
Yikes, cut it?  Really?  It seems like it will never go around the card!
Trust me, if you choose the right block, it will fit.
I make this cut straight, rather than angle like the ends of the knot.
You will see why this is helpful shortly.
If your ribbon is not going to be centered on the project,
you won’t want to cut it in the middle.
Tomorrow’s post will show how I cut it to get the bow placed where I want it.
Now I put a glue dot on each of the newly cut ends.
Which ends, you ask?  There are 4 of them, and they are all about the same length.
Use the ends which are cut straight across.
Now I wrap the ends around the card stock and adhere with the glue dots.
I love how this works:  
I can get the ribbon snug against the card stock without the slack I usually get
when I try to tie ribbon directly around the project.
So there you have it.  A great help in the quest for the perfect bow.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for my sample for the Stamp-A-Holics 10 minute or less challenge.


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7 Responses to Tying Ribbon with a Block

  1. Susan J Carlson May 7, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    Thats a great idea. Thank you and thank your upline for me! Ill be sure to demo it in my workshops : )carlson_susan at hotmail dot com

  2. Alexandria May 7, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    Thats a really neat idea! Im going to have to give it a try.

  3. Martha Lucia Gomez May 7, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    This is an excellent idea and thank you for sharing. Your tutorial help me a lot.Martha Lucia – http://stampartpapel.blogspot.com

  4. Madeline Morcelo May 7, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    OMG! This is such a wonderful idea. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  5. Marti May 7, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Sage,Wonderful idea and a great tutorial. Thanks!Marti Crapo

  6. Annette J. June 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    What a great trick! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Debbie June 26, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks for sharing Sage! Great idea.

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