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Shane's Ribbon Bracelets


Shane Powers's easy accessories require only dabs of glue and a few stitches. "You can buy ribbon in short lengths, so I pick a different kind for everyone on my list," he says. I select the color, texture, and pattern based on the person's style." These custom bands go with looks both casual and dressy.

Resources: Matte gold D rings, (#49505009) 10 mm, and (#495050510) 15 mm; gold D ring, (#42189002) 3/8", and (#44736122) 25 mm; plastic buckle D ring, (#49748007) 25 mm; and assorted ribbons;


  • Ribbon (new or vintage)
  • Tacky glue, such as Magna-Tac
  • 2-D rings
  • Thread
  • Sewing supplies


  1. Step 1

    Measure a piece of ribbon that circles once around the wrist, add 4 inches, then cut.

  2. Step 2

    To prevent fraying, fold over 1/4 inch toward the back on 1 end; glue. Slip 2 D rings onto this same end. Then fold again by 1/2 inch, enclosing the flat sides of the D rings into the fold.

  3. Step 3

    On the other end of the ribbon, fold 1/4 inch toward the front of the ribbon. Then fold another 1/4 inch and glue.

  4. Step 4

    Secure both hems in place with a few stitches either by hand or on a sewing machine.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011

Reviews (3)

  • ojolie 22 Dec, 2011

    I have made these before and the thing to think about is the D-ring will slip to the underside because of the weight of it unless the bracelet is secured tightly on the wrist.

  • sewsimple 21 Dec, 2011

    Hi ever_green7,
    You can add snaps or velcro to the underside of the ribbon strip on the end to help keep the bracelet from opening. Snaps are fairly inexpensive but velcro is a bit more. Also, I can see embellishing these with other details like beads and yarn, flowers or other things if you want to put in the time to embellish them. Hope this helps.

  • ever_green7 21 Dec, 2011

    This is a great idea...on paper. However, it completely fails in execution. The weight of the D-rings is such that the bracelet won't stay fastened, or else the buckle slips around to the back of the wrist. This was supposed to be a DIY gift idea to save me money, but now I've spent money on the ribbons and D-rings (which I ordered online and thus incurred shipping charges) and am left with squat. Very disappointed, Martha.