Curling Fabric Ribbon
Learn how to curl fabric ribbons by spraying with starch solution. These curled fabric ribbons can be used for crafts and for decorating gift wrapped presents.
- Fabric ribbon
- Dowel, pencil or rod
- Scotch tape or clothespins
- Spray bottle
|1.||Obtain a dowel, stick, pencil or rod on which to curl the ribbons around. A smaller diameter makes smaller curls while a larger diameter makes bigger curls.|
|2.||Mix about 1 tablespoon cornstarch powder and 1 pint (470 mL) water in a spray bottle. Swirl the bottle to completely dissolve the cornstarch.|
|3.||Cut a length of fabric ribbon. Remember that curling will shorten the ribbon so allow for a few inches of extra length.|
|4.||Clip (use a clothespin) or tape the tip of the fabric ribbon on one end of the dowel.|
|5.||Carefully wind the ribbon around the length of the dowel. You may (a.) wind the ribbon close together (but not overlapping) to obtain tight curls; (b.) or wind the ribbons at widely-spaced intervals to get partial or loose curls. You will need longer sticks or rods for making loose curls.|
|6.||Clip or tape the end of the ribbon in place.|
|7.||Spray with the cornstarch solution, making sure to cover all areas of the ribbon.|
|8.||Allow the ribbons to dry completely.|
|9.||Once the ribbon is dry, remove each tape or clothespin then slowly slide the curled ribbon off of the dowel. The curls on these starched ribbons will stay unless you wash the ribbon in water.|
|10.||Tightly curled ribbons (black ribbon) make pretty spiral curls which are perfect accents for elegant gift wrapped presents or use them to fancy up your hair ties and hair accessories.
Loosely curled or wavy ribbons (gold ribbon) are great to use as trailing material for masks, hats and other crafts.
Other ways to curl fabric ribbons include: