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The 9 Types of Ribbon Our Craft Editors Love Most

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in the craft room at MSLO? This is the second installment in a series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most inspiring craft rooms -- see how it is organized. Today, we unravel our stockpile of ribbons to explain the different types, how we use them, and our personal favorites.

The crafts room houses our crafts team’s impressive selection of tools and materials, all organized into a system of carefully labeled storage bins. Some of our favorite and most frequently rummaged bins are those containing our ribbon collection. We use ribbon in so many of our projects, whether we're tying bows on holiday gifts or adding the finishing touch to a Halloween costume.

 

With so many ribbons types to choose from, it may be difficult to decide which is best for the project at hand. Every crafter at MSLO has their favorites, but the top standbys listed below are the ribbons we reach for again and again. All of these ribbons can be found at your local trim store or crafts supply store -- but if you’re planning a trip to New York City anytime soon, be sure to stop by our favorite local suppliers: Shindo, Pacific Trimming, Mokuba, and M&J Trimming!

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In (relatively) clockwise order: seam binding, twill tape, organdy, print, grosgrain, picot edge, satin, jacquard, and velvet.

1. Grosgrain

Grosgrain is our go-to ribbon in the Crafts Department. Woven with thick lengthwise fibers, grosgrain provides a bit of elasticity, making it the perfect material for trimming and edging. It is widely available in a variety of colors, and is relatively inexpensive. All in all, an absolute must for any crafter’s toolbox!

 

2. Jacquard

This durable ribbon was named after the 19th-century weaver Joseph Marie Jacquard. The ribbon is unique in that both sides exhibit the same pattern, just with inverse colors. Jacquard ribbon’s high quality and attractive appearance make it ideal for decorative accents.

 

3. Satin

Believe it or not, most "satin" ribbon is actually polyester. Available in practically any color, you can find satin in either a single or double-face design. Single-face, which is relatively inexpensive, is great for gift-wrapping. Pricier double-faced satin is ideal for decor.

 

4. Picot Edge

This decorative and affordable ribbon is great for everything from tying bows to hanging ornaments. Lined with small twisted loops down the sides, picot edge lends a pretty feathered texture to any project.

 

5. Print

In the modern world, technology has made it possible to print any word, pattern, or image imaginable on the surface of a ribbon. Printed ribbons appear quite similar to jacquard, but typically only have one patterned side. This is a less expensive alternatively to luxe jacquard.

 

6. Twill Tape

Twill tape features a diagonal or zigzag weave that provides great strength and support. It can be made from any variety of cotton or synthetic fibers and is usually found in white or other neutral tones. We love using twill tape as a basic solution for projects such as binding the edges of garments (i.e. in place of bias tape), encasing drawstrings, etc.

 

7. Seam Binding

Typically used for hemming garments, seam binding ribbon also makes an unexpected present-trimming material. Spools often come in affordable 100-yard supplies and are widely available.

 

8. Organdy

Constructed of silk, cotton, or rayon, organdy is unique in its thin and transparent composition. It is both lightweight and easy to work with, and its iridescent finish makes an elegant statement.

 

9. Velvet

With its plush texture and rich hues, velvet exudes luxury. Velvet is traditionally associated with the colder months of the year, but it’s easy to press, store, and reuse for winters to come.

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