Tutorial ~ How to Make Homespun Ribbon


I bought myself a painter's drop cloth and made something with it.

  I see now, why drop cloth is a favorite of bloggers all over the world. :) 

 I love this stuff!  

 Okay...so my first project was to make some "homespun" fabric ribbon.  I forgot what I paid for this drop cloth but I think it was around $11.00 at my local hardware store, and I got the smallest size.  You can purchase them at any major home improvement store.

This "homespun" ribbon is inexpensive and  when paired  with a simple kraft paper, you have charming personalized gift wrap.  Add some fresh greenery and pine cones for the holidays....Rustic Elegance

I have shown and talked about the long work table Bobby G. made me for the studio/office.  Just recently we tacked an old wooden fold up measuring stick along the edge.  A piece I found at a yard sale and it has been invaluable when having to measure boxes for shipping and projects.....but I digress.   I laid out the drop cloth and measured and cut 1-1/2" slits .......  enough for ever how many ribbons you want and I made my 9 feet long each.

Grab each cut slit and tear your strips.   Makes perfect strips and no cutting.  :)  I just love the texture and weave of this fabric...... hence the name "homespun".

This is what you end up with......scary huh?    Lots of strings!   But just pull the strings, which, in turn, gives you perfectly fringed edges. 

I ironed each strip......you do have an iron don't you?  ☺

If you want to add some graphics,  stamp in your favorite color.   I prefer black and purposely did them with a faded look.  I didn't use specific holiday stamps because I wanted the ribbons usable for all occasions. 

All finished and wrapped around old fashioned clothespins.  I love the color and they have a Frenchy Farmhouse look, don't you think?  These are so easy to make but they are time consuming.  So, if you don't want to make your own, I will be selling these at 

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Unknown said...

Love the look of these, but do not have the patience to make them. Question: Do you have an 'online' shop, I enjoy the pictures posted on items from the shop, but cannot bring it up to shop! Help! Vicki in Louisville KY

Unknown said...

Love these ribbons but do not have the patience to make them. Question: Do you have an 'online' shop? Love seeing the pics of things for the shop, but cannot open it to shop. Help! Vicki in Louisville KY

Junkchiccottage said...

Thanks for sharing this Lynn I am thinking about making this for my Christmas presents. Too cute.

Donna Wilkes said...

I have been making torn cotton ribbons for years. Let me warn you - they are addicting! I love yours wrap around the pins.

Betsy Brock said...

LOVE! :)

SImple and Serene Living said...

These are great. I do have drop cloth and somewhere hidden in the bowels of a cupboard is an iron. :)

Beverly said...

Lynn, I love this. You did a great job.

I wish I could be at the sale. I would snap up some with the birds. It is my favorite.

All About Vignettes said...

Absolutely lovely Lynn. I've been tempted with the stamped burlap ribbon but I like this better.

Unknown said...

I love your vintage ribbon! So perfect and easy to make. Thanks for sharing - found you at Met Monday. Have a fun week!
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is awesome!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm a drop cloth junkie and love these ribbons!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

These are so cute! When my hand finally heals (I broke it), I plan to do some crafting, and these look like fun to make.

Have missed you! Trying to see if I can blog today. Giving my hand a workout. Doctor said I could take the brace off, but I am probably overdoing it. ;-)



Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Lynn, these are so pretty, and you are so smart! Thanks for the tutorial. laurie

Anonymous said...

Lynn, I am going to try this!!! Thanks so much dear friend...I love it!

Suzan Oxenreider said...


michele said...


thanks for sharing, and hope you'll pop over when you have a second!




Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those are just lovely! I can imagine how much work they are. I bet they sell well!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, The ribbons are really cute! I hope you have a wonderful time at the market and sell lots.

Unknown said...

Hi, nice to "meet" you! I just found your blog which I really like! And these ribbons are very very very nice :-)
ciao from Italy

Dee said...

You've inspired me! I'm going to try this for the holidays. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love the look of these! These are some of my all time favorite stamps! SO fantastic as ribbon...

Pam Zirbel said...

Awesome!!! I am a card maker and LOVE stamping so when reading this and saw the stamping part...yeah!! my mouth dropped and said out loud...'so cool!!!' LOL...love it and they would make great gifts in a swap!! Thanks for sharing this!!!

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