Today's tip has to do with getting the look of ribbon without using ribbon.
Have you ever thought about using sewing binding items in place of ribbon?
On one of my recent trips to Joann's while searching for buttons, I came across the section where binding is sold. I could not help but notice how similar to ribbon & lace binding is.
So I found a few packages on clearance for .50 cents and decided to take them home with me.
These are the types I found:
Each pack came with 2 1/2 yards of facing/binding for only .50 cents! You can't usually buy that much ribbon for that price. The binding options regularly run anywhere from $1.99-$2.49 at Joann's. Prices may vary by retailer. Even using a 50% off coupon you get it cheaper then if you were to purchase 2 1/2 yards of ribbon, unless the ribbon was on sale.
The binding options work as good as ribbon & look pretty too. They have many colors, widths and variations.
So next time you find yourself in a pinch for ribbon, try out seam binding, hem facing or hem tape.