One of my favourite ribbon techniques is to create a simple box style pleat. It adds a lot of interest, texture and dimension to a project and is really simple to achieve. While it looks great in a straight line, it is also ideal for framing images or elements of all shapes and sizes as the pleating allows the ribbon to easily follow curves. Here, I show you a fail-proof technique for creating a perfect no-sew box pleat.
For this particular project, the ribbon placement is at the bottom of a card. To ensure the ribbon lined up perfectly at the bottom, I measured the width of the ribbon and traced a line this same height from the bottom of the card. Before starting, make sure you have a length of ribbon at least three times longer than the length you wish to cover.
Next, mark your pleat increments along this line. Decide on the width of pleat you would like. This example uses a half inch pleat. The first and last increments should be half of this width - a quarter inch in this example. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it to get a better view.
Next, place a strong double sided adhesive (such as score tape or wonder tape) along the bottom of your line.
Peel back the protective strip from your adhesive up to your first increment marker - 1/4" in from the edge in this example. Line up your ribbon and press it down firmly. Bend it back on itself to create a soft pleat and to prevent it from sticking where it shouldn't in the next step.
Pull the protective strip from your adhesive back up to your next increment marker. At this point, you will require some type of 'spacer' for your ribbon that matches the width of your pleats. I like to use a strip of acetate because it does not bend and is easy to remove from the adhesive. Place it perpendicular to your surface on the first mark, wrap your ribbon snuggly over it and then press it down into the exposed adhesive as shown.
Repeat this last step for each mark you've made along the line -
until you reach the end. Lay ribbon flat and trim excess.
Finally, press down each pleat and secure with more strong adhesive. This step can be done one pleat at a time as shown (easier) or in one step with one long piece of adhesive (more difficult).
Place your image or paper to cover the top of the pleat and you are done! For a crisper or boxier looking pleat, simply iron it down. Use low heat for synthetic ribbon and a medium heat for cotton or natural fibre ribbon.
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