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Ribbon Favors

Photography: Stephen Lewis

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer/Fall 1997


With little or no sewing, ribbons are transformed into miniature sacks for sugar candies.

Basket and Tray Favors
Don't wait until your first anniversary to celebrate with paper; these handmade containers are great for favors.


  • Scissors

  • Ribbon

  • Satin cord

  • 1/8-inch hole punch


  1. For tubular ribbon, simply knot one end, fill with candies, and knot again. Tubular ribbon can also be sewn at bottom and bound at top with satin cord. Cut rough ends into notches, or trim with pinking shears. Wide ribbon is folded in half, sewn up the sides, and cinched with satin cord.

  2. Use a template to make basic shape. Trace it onto white museum board; cut out with a utility knife, and use rotary cutter for wavy edges.

  3. Score fold lines with utility knife. For basket, make holes with 1/8-inch hole punch at even intervals along diagonal edges. Fold sides up; lace ribbon through holes as you would lace a shoe, and knot inside.

  4. Cut out a handle; punch two holes in each end and at corresponding points on basket. Lace ribbon through from back to attach; tie in a bow.

  5. Punch a hole in each corner, and tie with ribbon.

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