I haven’t photographed the big sewing project I’m working on, so instead of blogging about it, here is a cute simple tutorial to make your Thursday fun.
As a historical seamstress, I have a massive stash of ribbons and lace. When I buy ribbons and lace I buy them in at least 6 metre lengths – it takes a lot of ribbon or lace to trim an 18th or 19th century dress!
Because I’m a historian, I’m also hopelessly sentimental: I hate throwing away all the bits of ephemera that come into my life, because I imagine how interesting they will be to someone in the future.
My stash of ribbons and lace and fly fringe and trim and passimentaries, and my inability to toss things like birthday cards and thank you cards and invitations, could easily result in a big mess, but I have a clever way of using the latter to create beautiful storage for the former.
I stack the cards, and then wind my ribbons and bits around them. It’s much prettier and more fun than winding my ribbons around plain card, my ribbons are neat and tidy, and when I finally use the ribbons and lace up, I get to rediscover the card and all the messages inside them.
I keep every invitation and birthday card and thank you card that I get, so that I have a stash ready when I buy another piece of ribbon.
Here I have (from top left), a thank you card, a birthday card, a wedding card (D’awww, over 7 years later!), a random greeting card, another birthday card, a postcard, an invitation to Gran & Grandbob’s 60th wedding celebration, the thank you card from them for attending, and another thank you card.
You need three or four cards slipped together to be stiff enough to wind your ribbons around. I sort my cards by size and shape: big, little, square, rectangle etc, and slip the like ones together to form a nice stiff stack of cards:
Then you can measure your lengths of ribbon, and wrap it around the card:
Why do you measure it? So that you can write the length on the back of the card, and know how much you have. I find this particularly important as a lot of my longer lengths of ribbon have joins in them.
When my ribbon is wrapped, I tie it off with a short length of ribbon:
I wrap multiple lengths of not-quite-as-long ribbon on the same card, all with their own length notation:
And that’s it!
All neat and tidy, easy to find, I’ll know if I have enough for my project, and I someday in the future I’ll use up all the ribbon, and get to rediscover the cards, and the beautiful sentiments in them, and can have a lovely little memory-fest.