How to Layer and Pleat Ribbon on a Scrapbook Layout

Hi there! I’m Jen Shears, Prima Ribbonista from May Arts Ribbon, and I’m so excited to be sharing on the CK blog today! I’ve got a couple of tips to share with you today on how to use your ribbons in some fun ways.

"Big Wish" scrapbook layout by Jen Shears for May Arts Ribbon and Creating Keepsakes magazine

Wish Big by Jen Shears for May Arts Ribbon and Creating Keepsakes. May Arts ribbons used: 1.5” white satin pleats (379-15-01), 5/8” pink sheer ruffle edge (350-58-17), 1.5” pink/white grosgrain stripes (RG17).

Besides the sweet pictures of my daughter, you may have noticed the ribbon. There is a lot of it! On this “Wish Big” layout I’ve used three different May Arts ribbons. I love the detail they add without being too distracting!

One great thing about ribbon is that by layering it, you open up all kinds of possible combinations. You can create a lot of texture, often without adding much bulk. I’ve lightly tacked these two ribbons in place before machine stitching.

layering ribbon

Another fun way to use your ribbon is by pleating it. I simply held this ribbon in place to start machine stitching and then created the pleats as I sewed. Quick and easy!

pleating ribbon

Here’s a close up of how that ribbon looks layered and pleated.

layered and pleated ribbon

I hope you’ve been inspired to try your ribbons in some new ways. Be sure to check out our blog and Facebook page for more inspiration and to say hi.  We’d love to hear from you!

Jen Shears, Prima Ribbonista from May Arts Ribbon

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Congratulations to our winner, RamonaP. Watch for an email to claim your prize!

RamonaP says:

I love the ribbon and I love the title on the layout, too.

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87 Responses to How to Layer and Pleat Ribbon on a Scrapbook Layout

  1. Denise says:

    Looks great. I need to try that sometime. I love the look!

  2. Barbara H says:

    Love May Arts ribbon and really appreciate this opportunity to win.

  3. Great post, Jen – I’ll bet you inspire lots of crafters to sew ribbon onto their layouts!

  4. Karen Kuschel says:

    Love the look of the pleated ribbon. Thanks for the chance to win some of this great May Arts ribbon.

  5. sherry says:

    I think this is a better way to do it!

  6. Brenda says:

    Can’t wait to try this one. Love the look of pleated ribbon.

  7. Rozette Peckham says:

    I love this idea! I am getting my sewing machine out.

  8. Staci G says:

    Thanks for this tutorial – I love the look!

  9. rush says:

    i love how pleated ribbon looks. thank you for sharing.

  10. Sandy Goldman says:

    Very cute!! Another reason I need to keep my sewing machine out full time! Thanks for the great tip.

  11. Sandy Goldman says:

    Very cute!!! Another reason I need to keep my sewing machine out full time. Thanks for the great tip.

  12. SandyP says:

    Thanks for sharing the sewing ideas. I love the look of the pleated ribbon!!!

  13. Katie says:

    I love the striped pleated ribbon. I have never tried this but have always wanted to. I don’t have a sewing machine anymore so I would have to use two sided tape… Also love how you put the embellishment on the ribbon. Thanks for sharing!

    Katie B.

  14. Jolane Donald says:

    I can’t wait to try this technique. It’s really cute!

  15. Pamk says:

    love that layout so cute and feminine.

  16. photochic says:

    Ooh- love this! I love ribbon!!!

  17. Lynda White says:

    I go to a scrapbook retreat twice a year. I love ribbon so much that I now lead the “ribbon exchange”. This is when we leave a yd. of ribbon on a table & put our name in a cup. As your name is drawn, you choose a new ribbon.

  18. Pamela J says:

    Honestly, while I love the ribbon, that picture on the left page is amazing! I love how you can see the dandelion fluff floating away! The ribbons are a perfect accent for the fantastic pictures on your layout.

  19. Donna S. says:

    I love the ruffled & pleated looks!

  20. Great layout!!! I love the pleating and gathering. Would love to win some pretty ribbon…Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Carmen says:

    I love the pleated ribbon!

  22. Stephanie DiSabato says:

    How beautiful and inspirational! Thanks for the tutorial.

  23. Lisa P says:

    Love the look of the pleated ribbon.

  24. Anne-Marie says:

    What a lovely layout. Pleated ribbon is such a nice way to add texture. I love how the photo sits on the unpleated portion. Cute pictures too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Kim Thomas says:

    I just LOVE your layout! The pleated, layered ribbon just screams “Girl” and it’s just gorgeous. Your daughted is too! Thank you so much for the inspiration. :)

  26. Elizabeth O. says:

    Beautiful te hnique I love it, I will have to try it soon! TFS
    Have a great day!

  27. Elena says:

    Thia looks great! I can not wait to try it this weekend! when my friends and I get together to scrapbook!

  28. Carol McFerin says:

    I have tons of ribbon and am always looking for new ways to use it. I just took my sewing machine out to use in scrapbooking, so this an good omen. I will definetly have a pleated ribbon on my next project. I love the idea of combining 2 ribbons – hadn’t thought of that technique.
    Your project is beautiful
    Thanks for the tip.

  29. Carol M. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on the was great! I’d love to try this with some May Arts Ribbon…*hint* *hint*!! Thanks for the chance!!

  30. Jenny Evans says:

    Awesome post, thanks for sharing!!

  31. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    I love ribbons! They add a lot of interest to a page and really warm it up. Thanks for the article – and the chance to win!

  32. I love ribbon! Great idea!

  33. Sue Russell says:

    Great idea and so charming. Looking forward to trying this today.

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