How to Sew Ribbon on Fabric

Use double-faced satin ribbon for projects where both sides of the ribbon will show.
Use double-faced satin ribbon for projects where both sides of the ribbon will show. (Image: Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Sewing ribbon onto fabric is a way to enrich the style. Fabric ribbon of any kind can be used, including taffeta, grosgrain, satin, double-faced satin, or sheer mesh. Two pieces of ribbon can be tacked to the fabric to create ends that can be tied into a bow or a piece of ribbon can be sewn to fabric in a design to embellish the fabric. The ribbon can be stitched by hand or by machine for bigger projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Chalk

Fold the ribbon edge back 1/2 inch towards the wrong side of the ribbon.

Sew the folded piece to the ribbon 1/4 inch from the folded edge of the fabric using a running stitch. A running stitch is a stitch where the needle is inserted through the top of the fabric, then through the back about 1/4 inch away, parallel to the fabric edge.

Use the chalk to mark where the ribbon is going on the fabric.

Fold the ribbon edge another 1/2 inch inward, encasing the previous fold in the new fold.

Stitch down the ribbon to the fabric at the fold edge and 3/8 inch from the fold line, stitching the folded piece down. You are making two rows of stitches.

Repeat the steps with the other side of the fabric, and tie the ribbon edges together to form a bow.

If you are making a design with ribbon, pin the ribbon in place on the fabric and stitch down the center of the ribbon, lengthwise to secure it to the fabric.

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