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Take a look at our brief guide to ribbons below and find your perfect ribbon from our selection on offer.

How to Begin Using Decorative Ribbons

There are a variety of inventive and elegant ways to use ribbons and bows. Gift wrapping, cards, hang tags, and invitations are just a few of the numerous applications for ribbons.

They are also used as accessories and for braiding hair and are a staple for many DIY crafts as well as art, haberdashery, fashion, jewellery, and cake decorating.
Without ribbons for flower arrangement wrapping, the florist industry would not be the same.

We must not overlook the numerous unique occasions for which ribbons are used, including weddings, birthdays, and other special events. Ribbons, in short, are used to decorate and beautify practically everything.

Ribbon History

Ribbons have been around since the Middle Ages, when traders travelled over Europe selling ostentatious ribbons from the East, some of which were woven with gold and silver while others were made of silk and other priceless materials.

Ribbons have been associated with aristocracy throughout history and have only ever been worn by the wealthy. By the seventeenth century, ribbons were widely used in the fashion world and were used to embellish both men’s and women’s clothing.

Today, the ribbon industry has extended beyond fabric materials to include a wide range of materials ranging from synthetic and natural fibres to meet a variety of uses.

Ribbons made of fabric

Ribbon materials can be divided into a number of broad, widely recognised groups. These include sheer organdies/organzas, nylon or polyester satins, cotton or polyester grosgrains, cotton as well as hessian flax or jute natural fibres, and open mesh or closely woven metallic fibres.

In reality, a ribbon may be made from almost anything by cutting and shaping it.

The various sorts of selvages or edges a ribbon may have are another crucial component to distinguish ribbon.

Cut-edge, woven-edge, and wire-edge ribbons are the three main kinds. The type and texture of the ribbon will determine which are better suited for specific uses. With a few recommended uses, we’ve included some of the common ribbon varieties and textures below.

When choosing ribbons, the ribbon width is the final important factor to consider. The widths of ribbons range from 2mm to 200mm.

Organza Ribbons

Organdy/Organza ribbons are thin, sheer, airy, and crisp and were initially woven from cotton using a very fine, tightly twisted single yarn and an open, simple weave.

These ribbons are now primarily made of nylon or polyester and this elegant-looking ribbon can be tied into a loose or floppy bow, making it ideal for packaging party favours. It is frequently used at weddings and other special occasions.

Organza ribbons on greeting cards, paper invitations, flower arrangements, and chair covers give the perfect finishing touch and If you want to make a bow out of organza that retains its shape, try using a wired edge.

An organza ribbon bow gives floral arrangements a delicate touch.

Satin Ribbon

One of the most flexible ribbons is satin ribbon made of polyester or nylon. It is almost equivalent to silk ribbons in appearance and is more affordable.

There are two types of this ribbon: single faced satin (smooth and lustrous on one side only) and double faced satin ribbon (smooth and shiny on both sides). It comes with a cut-edge or a woven-edge.

When the edge is cut, the ribbon ravels along the ribbon’s horizontal side, however when the edge is woven, the ribbon ravels only at the ends. The ribbon won’t fray at the ends if you cut it at an angle.

Satin ribbons are widely used for gift wrapping and as hair accessories and are a timeless feature of any wedding decor. The ideal decoration for bridal cars is double faced or double sided satin ribbons (satin feel on both sides).

Satin ribbon may be perfectly personalised and is the best material for printing logos or text because it produces the sharpest print.

To give your items even more shine, pair satin ribbon with glossy gift wrapping.

Grosgrain Ribbons

Polyester and woven blends with ribbing make up grosgrain ribbons. They are commonly used as scrapbooking embellishments, gift-wrapping, lanyards, and accents for greeting cards and paper invitations.

The rough feel makes them ideal for wrapping flower bouquets as well.
Grosgrain ribbons give your gifts a tactile touch.

Metallic, Glitter & Shimmer Ribbon

These types of ribbons can either have a closed weave smooth lame-like finish or an open weave mesh finish.

The ribbons can be flexible or stiff like mesh fabric and when used to wrap presents or make bows for Christmas trees, soft fabric ribbons typically require a wire edge to preserve body. It works nicely for crafting big bows to adorn wreaths because it keeps its shape well.

Metallic wired ribbons can be used to make a large draw bow.

Poly Ribbon

Florist ribbons, commonly referred to as evebbon, are constructed of polypropylene and are available in a variety of colours.

Since it is a robust ribbon, it is simple to split (or tear) and curl to achieve the desired result. Additionally, it is frequently used for funeral bouquets and by professional florists.

Another choice is patterned tear ribbon, which is offered in a variety of prints including polka dots, stripes, and other printed patterns. Pull bow ribbons are perfect for confectionary decorations and hampers since they can be assembled in seconds.

To make your gifts pop, choose a combination of complementary colours.

Ribbons For All Occasions

There is sure to be a ribbon that will work for your intended purpose given the variety of ribbons that are offered here at Rustic Ribbons.

To make all of your gift-wrapping ideas come to life, choose from our wide variety of delicate organzas, adaptable satins, chic grosgrains, festive Hessian, Jute, and floral ribbons.