How to Make Quilts Out of Award Ribbons

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Award ribbons can be displayed in a variety of ways. They can simply be hung on a wall or displayed in a shadow box or frame. Award ribbons might be kept in a scrapbook, or tucked away and forgotten in a storage box. Or you can display award ribbons in a unique quilt wall hanging. The quilt hanging is sure to get as much attention as the ribbons themselves.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Quilt batting
  • Bias tape
  • Thin wooden dowel
  • Organize your ribbons. Decide how many ribbons you will incorporate into the quilt and how many you will feature per square. Divide the ribbons according to squares.

  • Use the largest ribbon to determine the size of the quilt squares. The squares might be 10-inch or 12-inch blocks. If one ribbon is extra large, it can overlap other squares after the squares are assembled.

  • Determine the number of squares you will have in your quilt. This quilt is designed as a wall hanging, so it does not need to conform to the size of a bed. Choose fabric that is similar in weight and texture. All the squares must be identical in shape and size.

  • Cut a piece of fabric for the first fabric square. Design one block at a time. Do not approach this quilt as a dozen or so squares that must be completed. The ribbon can be attached with fabric adhesive, safety pin or stitched on, depending on the style of the ribbon. Choose a method that does not damage the appearance of the ribbon.

  • Design the square to best display the ribbon or ribbons that will be attached. For example, if the ribbon was for a specific horse show, and you happen to have a photograph of the event, consider transferring the photo onto the fabric square using heat transfer paper. Use applique or embroidery to embellish the square.

  • Document the event with embroidery. For example, you can embroider the date and location connected with winning the ribbon onto the square.

  • Layer fabrics for added dimension. Frame the ribbon on pieces of fabric that are sewed onto the individual square to add depth and to highlight the ribbon.

  • Lay out the quilt squares in the desired pattern to create a rectangular shape when all the squares are completed. If you do not have enough ribbon squares to complete a row, make additional squares without ribbons.

  • Sew the top row of squares together, making 1/4-inch seams. Sew the remaining rows together, making 1/4-inch seams. Sew the rows together, making 1/4-inch seams.

  • Lay the front of the quilt over a piece of quilt batting and backing. Both the batting and backing fabric should be the same size as the quilt front.

  • Attach the three layers by knotting along each corner of the squares with embroidery thread. Thread a needle, push it through the three layers, bring it back up again and tie the two ends together. Snip off excess thread.

  • Sew 1/2-inch bias tape around the edge of the quilt to finish.

  • Sew a strip of fabric along the upper backside of the quilt. This will be used to insert a wooden dowel, the same width as the quilt. This will keep the quilt from sagging when hanging on the wall.

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