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Shane's Ribbon Bracelets

Photography: Juliana Sohn

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011


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

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

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