Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Ribbon Storage SOS!!

Hi all

Was wondering if any of you fab crafty bloggers had any idea how to store loose ribbon? Since I am sorting out my craft room, I have loads of loose bits of ribbon, some very long, some short. Any idea how to store them?

I did think about putting them around a wooden peg but I can' t get them over here for some reason.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Hope you are all having a fab day!


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Deb said...

I wrapped mine around kitchen roll holders and held in place with a pin, then they lie in a nice shoebox type box and you can see what you have. If you are super organised you can put all your pink ribbons on one holder etc. My son does them for me as he gets exasperated with my usual knotty ribbon mess!
Hope you are settling in nicely! It takes a bit of getting used to doesn't it?
hugs Debx

CreaRenata said...

Hello Leanne,

I made some pegs myself from cardstock and that works ok too!


Linda Horn said...

What about a empty can or chokolatebox? Alter the can/box, and make a bunch of holes on each side. Bundle up the ribbons inside, and pull them out, one by one, in the holes. When ypur finished it would almoust look like a hedgehog, but a slighter sader one! ;-)

Hope you know ehat I mean! This boxes does allready exist on the market, but you can easily make one yourself. I store my ribbons on spoles, punch them out with the die from QK, and have them all in a box filled with small pockets. Works just fine for med, I like to see how much ribbon there is left, so the "ribbon-box" isn't for me! ;-)

Good luck! (Hope I got the spelling right!!)

ros said...

the best thing i ever got for my ribbons. :)


Rach said...

hiya sweetie, I have just gone and sorted my loose ribbon as it was all in a bin liner and not being used. what i did was to get a length of card and using a circle punch punch out some half cirles on one side of the card. and then match them up on the other side with the same half circle punched out of them ... wind your ribbon around the bits where the half circles are punched and secure with a paper clip....i am not too good at explaining ....lol.. i tried the dolly peg but the ribbon kept coming off .. which is why i ended up with a bin bag full of ribbons...lol...
good luck. hugs rachxx

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Killam Creative said...

Hi Leanne,

Have you seen the Ribbon Ring? I recently got Jumbo rings with Jumbo tags and it's a great way to organize. It works well with delicate lace, which was my biggest concern. I haven't figured out what to do with small (less than 8"/20cm) ones, though.


Trina said...

Have you heard of the Pull-Ez Ribbon Purse??
If not just Goggle it.
Its actually a pretty cool scrappin' tool.
Anyways, its actually very easy to make.
Use any ol' plastic makeup purse/bag, and punch random holes all over the place with your crop-a-dile.
Hope this tip helps ya!!

Katarina said...

I have them sorted loosely in see through boxes. Those that are a bit longer I have wrapped around a spool die that I bought from quickutz. I punched it out in heavier cardstock. The really tiny pieces of ribbon I have mixed in a big box. Not sure how well this works, but I'm not a ribbon person anyway so maybe that's why I don't use them? You can give it a try and see how it works for you. Let me know if you want to know something else.

Lesley Edmonds said...

Hi Leanne,
I need to put some dowling up above my desk to store ribbon on but at the moment, and for the past I don't know how many years, they are stored, by colour, in the 9 drawer flatpack thinkgies from Ikea like this one http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1228/1035093540_d8b7bd259f.jpg but I've left mine natural instead of decorating it.
Lesley x

queen-of-nostalgia said...

I have two ways you might like :) One is I roll it around, then take a little clothespin or binder clip to secure it - then put in a little basket full of other bound ribbons.

Another way I have tried is I took a plastic bag holder (like the kind baby onsies come in, or curtains... those nice little plastic pouch things that snap or zip that are see-through) and then use my crop-o-dile to punch holes in it. THEN, I put the ribbon inside, and thread an end through the hole so I can pull out just what I need. It is see through, so easy to see what's in there.

coccinelle said...

visit this tutorial: http://jmday.com/?p=40

i hope that help you ciao.

Kim Y. said...

Hi, Leanne!
I have a lot of loose ribbon too! I re-roll them and put them in small jars, separated by different colors.

coccinelle said...

this is another idea: http://dihickman.blogspot.com/2008/03/tutorial-tuesday-ribbon-storage.html
or this :http://www.scrapscene.com/2008/05/ribbon-storage-ideas.html

Tracy said...

Hi Leanne,
I use a large DIY storage case, the ones used to hold screws etc and what I then did was wind my ribbon round pieces of card and slotted them into the compartments of the case. Hope it helps
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Louise said...

Hi Leanne,
I had that problem too but I now use storage jars (with metal closures on the lids). I have sorted my ribbons into colour groups - cream, white, yellow, orange, beige; green, blue, black; red, pink, purple.
I also use a small glass jar for oddment. They all fit on my shelf nicely.
Hope this helps!
Louise x

DeeDee said...

I do I do...I have wrapped some around old clothes pins and stuffed into big jars I also made this which I love


I can cover it with a coat bag if I need to store it and takes up a small space or keep it hangin on my craft room door for open use...works great

Sally said...

For my small bits like that I cut pieces of cardboard in 1" wide by 1 1/2 inches long. Wrap my each bit around it's own card board and secure it with a straight pin. Hope that helps. Then I just store them in a zip lock baggie and put them a drawer.

sugar n spice said...

Hi Leanne, I use an old broom handle, I have it mounted on the wall with a couple of hooks, but it works just as well free standing in a corner. I put a piece of sellotape to one end of the ribbon attach to the broom, wrap round the rest of the ribbon and secure with a dressmaking pin, it works a treat.
Hugs Suzi x

Annemarie said...


I use 2 different storages:
1: a very big shoe box.
2: I made strips of cardboard. Every 1,5cm a cut on both sides. Put your ribbon in the cut. Wrap it around the strip en end in the cut.
I hope you understand my English (I used google translate for a few words: sorry for that)
Both ideas don't work fabulous, but better than notting.
If you have a better idea: I would love to know it ;)


Leah the Orange said...

Hi Leanne,
i know a few people who have the same thing that ros uses, and they just RAVE about it! i need to get something like this for myself - as it is, they're all just stashed in a quart ziploc bag, and that just doesn't cut it!

Jessica said...

Wow everyone else has some fab ideas! I saw a couple of other ladies said it too, I use small glass jars when there is not enough length left to wrap it. same colours in each jar and it looks pretty too! xx

Regina said...

I made a ribbon holder out of a small sterlite plastic container that has a lid with a handle. I simply drilled holes randomly on each side. It only cost about $3 to make. Then all you have to do is put the ribbon inside and pull them though.

Enfys said...

I put mine on a towel rail, the sort that has three little swing out arms. Mind you, I only got about a quarter of mine on, I am a ribbon addict! I think there is a picture somewhere of it on my blog. Hope you are settling?
En xx

Paper Pixie said...

Hi Lynne I store all my loose ribbons in washed jars from jam, coffee etc I take off the labels and give a good wash, then store them all by colour, I have about 7 now on my shelf and you can see what you have at a glance, hope this helps ..............k x

Sweet 'N' Crafty Gal said...

take a look at this babe http://stampin-n-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/09/neat-ribbon-storage.html xxxx