Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday Tip -- Straightening Ribbon

Well, it's only Tuesday for 15 more minutes where I live, but I just might make it!

This weekend, while cropping at a friends house, I was reminded of an awesome tip for ribbon straightening.

Have you ever found yourself frustrated because the ribbon you want to use looks like this?

Tuesday Tip -- Ribbon Straightening

There are several easy ways to flatten out the kinks in your ribbon.

1. Water -- wet it down, then hang it over something to dry. It takes a long time, but it's very frugal.

2. Xyron -- run it through your Xyron machine to coat the entire back side of the ribbon with adhesive. (Not always truly effective, but it is quick.)

3. Iron -- get out your big clothing iron. (Who wants to pack that in their cropping tote?)

4. Buy one of the mini irons out on the market.

5. My favorite: Curling Iron!!! This works great -- especially if you put the ribbon through slowly, with the kink facing opposite the curve of the curling iron. I happened to have an extra in my linen closet, but my friend Chris bought hers at a garage sale for 50 cents!! Can't beat this tip for prudence -- inexpensive, easy to handle and store, quick and very effective!

Happy Scrapping!


lisa said...

great tip!!

Tami B. said...

I keep a curling iron with my ribbon. Love that little tip. My mom who is an avid seamstress shared this tip with me years ago. It's still a great one.

senovia said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Heather! That curling iron thing is a Great tip!

Danielle said...

Ok, that has to be one of my most favorite tips ever! I have not used curling irons in years, but I still own them. Now I can use them :)
Blessings~~~ Danielle

Niki_Ray said...

I have so many ribbon I am going to do this to..hehe I have a flat hair iron will that ork the same. TY again wonderful tips!