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Trim Tricks

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2007

Tiny bows are the prettiest way to add polish to little favor boxes, but trying to cut evenly notched ends, which keep the ribbon from unraveling, can fray the nerves of the most patient bride. Our quick-fix tip: Center skinny ribbon over one saw-toothed notch of pinking shears, and snip. You'll clip a neat V in seconds, leaving you time to tend to more important details.

Tool for the Task: Pinking Shears
You'll find pinking shears, a seamstress's staple, in crafts-supply stores. Although they're normally used to finish fabric edges, if you hold them just so, they're the perfect tool to add notches to the ends of narrow ribbon.

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