Materials (to make 30″ length)
- Three strands of embroidery thread, each 30″ long (0.76 meters)
- Approx 30 buttons.
- Safety pin
How to make the ribbon
1. Place the three strands of embroidery thread together and fold in half. About an inch or three cms from the folded end of the thread, tie a simple knot. This should create a loop of six strands that will be used later.
2. You have six strands, so separate them into three sets of two strands, which we will call one braid. One braid = 2 strands. Keep 3 buttons until the very end. I then use the safety pin to pin the loop to my sewing bag. My sewing bag is heavy and the safety pin is not going to damage it in anyway. You need to add tension into the thread so that you can braid more easily.
3. Pull the strands so they are taut. Start braiding. Left outside braid over middle braid, then right outside braid over middle braid etc. Continue until you have braided about 1 inch /3cm.
4. After you have braided the right outside braid to the middle, thread a button onto the middle braid. Go from the bottom of the button up.
If there are four holes, separate out the two strands and go up through both holes, and down through both holes. If there is just one hole, both strands should feed up through one hole and down the other.
5. Thread the button all the way down the embroidery thread until you get to where you finished braiding. Now start with the left outside braid over middle braid, and continue to braid as before.
6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have the desired length or you have run out of embroidery thread.
1. Tie a knot at the end of the braiding.
2. With the three buttons you have left, thread them onto the each braid.
3. Tie a double knot with two braids, and tie a double knot with the other braid, and the two braids.
4. Cut off the ends, to create an even fringe.
How to wrap the gift.
1. Once you have your small parcel, or little bag. Wrap the ribbon around the box or bag.
2. When you get to the end, use the loop we created at the very beginning and loop it over one of the buttons to secure it.
3. You might want to try wrapping the box or bag a couple of times until you get the ends where you want them.