05 January 2012

Embroidering on Ribbon for Key Fobs

Several questions have popped up recently on various forums I'm a member of on how to embroider on ribbon.  I thought I'd show you my method.




I use 7/8" wide ribbon for my key fobs - you can find that most anywhere. The webbing & hardware come from MamaSheCrazy which is on Etsy & also a website of the same name. AllIslandWebbing is the same company too and has wholesale prices.



I cut my ribbon in 12" lengths which makes for a nice wide wristlet, but go with whatever size you like best!


Cut fusible stabilizer in the same length and a little over 1/2" wide, you want to make sure you don't extend out past the edge of the ribbon.  Iron it onto the backside of the ribbon.  You can use any kind of fusible - tear away or cutaway.


Hoop Sticky Tear Stabilizer and embroider placement lines.  You can find a free download with various size placement lines from Embroidery Garden or just put straight lines about .75" apart.  These are a guideline for where to put the ribbon and also helps with centering your lettering. 


Peel back the paper between your lines where the ribbon should go.


Fold the ribbon in half and then place it on the sticky.


Open it up and place back on your machine.  Be careful not to bump the ribbon while putting it back on the machine or they'll be crooked.  You could also put a pin on either end for more security but I find it's not necessary.


Here's the final product!  I'm sorry I don't have the pictures between hooping and final product, my kids distracted me while I was working on these and I failed to get the rest of the pictures.  For now, this post is just on how to hoop the ribbons to stabilize them for the embroidery.  I promise to come back and make this a full fledged how to make a key fob post! 

Click here for part 2 of the tutorial!

34 comments:

  1. Great job Angi! from one Angie to another!:)

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  2. Oh my, thank you so much for the tutorial. I have had the findings for making key fobs forever and wanted to make one for my oldest daughter who just started driving. Now I don't have any excuses!

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  3. What size webbing do you use and how much of it?

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  4. The webbing is 1.25" wide and the length depends on how long you'd like your key fob to be.

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  5. Do I need embroidery software for this part to be able to line up the lettering? I'm having a hard time getting it to start in the right spot. Any tricks?

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    1. I use embroidery software to line them up with, makes it much easier!

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    2. What software do you use?

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    3. I have several different brands of software. I was using PE Design Lite or 5 when I made this post.

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  6. What kind of needle do you use?

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  7. Thank you SO much. I have not been very successful in the past when embroidering ribbon. Now I am excited to try again.

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  8. Since the placement stitches are no longer at Embroidery Garden, do you have another good place to get them? Thanks in advance.

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    1. I was able to download it today from their website.

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  9. Beautiful blog, Thanks for sharing. Keep posting like this.
    Ribbon Embroidery
    Bead andTrim

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  10. where did you find the placement stitches download? I cant find it.

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  11. Where did your husband get these flat jaw pliers, I have looked everywhere

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    1. I purchased the flat jaw pliers from Harbor Freight.

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  12. Where did you find the ribbon? I am having a hard time finding them.

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    1. Most of my ribbon comes from Hobby Lobby or The Ribbon Retreat.

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  13. Really impressive. I'm always inspired my embroidery but feel that I may lack the patience to apply myself properly. I love your colour combinations.

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  14. Your blog is great. I would love to talk about this topic whole day..I shared it with my valuable friends. I like the way you are managing , I will be in touch . . .

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  15. Thank you for sharing the link for the ribbon placement from Embroidery Garden. It worked perfectly and enabled me to make labels for my mom's clothes for the nursing home.

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  16. What temperature are you using on your iron to get the fusible stabilizer to fuse to the ribbon? I'm having issues with it staying. I can pull it right off after letting it cool and it's coming off when I'm embroidering it. Any suggestions? I'm using Fuse-N-Tear from Pellon.

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    1. Hi Catie,

      I used Floriani stitch n tear for this project. I used a medium temp.

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  17. It looks like there is something behind the ribbon - a thicker part. what is that? thnk you

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  18. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I have a question do you have a template file and tutorial for adding an initial at the end of the ribbon for hairbows? Im brand new to this and need all the help i can get :)

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  19. How do I get the name lined up on the ribbon soff it's not too high priority too low? What size font do you use?

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  20. How do I get the name lined up on the ribbon soff it's not too high priority too low? What size font do you use?

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  21. Hi there! I use embroidery software to line up the names before stitching. Font size varies depending on how it looks in my software.

    Angi
    www.sugarbeachdesigns.com
    Formerly SheSewChic

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  22. You can get such Printed Grosgrain Ribbon with very good price in mystyleribbon.com

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  23. I love these! Thank you for the tutorial, I want to make one for myself and my daughter now!! I hope they look as good as yours.

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