Welcome to the final installment of this year’s One Item Project Challenge. Kristin, Tiffany, Tara and I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks getting creative with glass paint and branches. This week I chose ribbon as the craft supply we all had to work with, since it’s relatively inexpensive, very versatile and most of us already have some (or a lot) on hand.
Before taking another trip to the craft store for this project, I decided to look through the box of ribbon I already had. I seem to have a slight obsession with ribbon that can get out of hand if I don’t exercise restraint. I justify it as one of those “you never know when you’ll need it ” items, when in actual fact I think I’m just a bit of a ribbon hoarder. Why? I don’t know. I can get lost in a ribbon clearance bin at the craft store, so now I just stay away!
I’m glad I started to dig around the house because these table favors ended up costing me nothing. I think we’re all looking for ways to save money during the holidays, right?
What you will need for this project:
4″ wired burlap ribbon (14″ x however many favors you wish to make)
1/8″ and 5/8″ decorative ribbon (6″ of each x number of favors)
Hand sewing needle
Thread (same color as burlap)
Gift tags (mine were free printables)
Filler (candy, small toys, written messages, etc.)
Cut a length of burlap ribbon about 14″ long. Fold under 1 1/2″ at the top and 3/4″ at the bottom. Fold the entire length not quite in half so the bottom portion is about 1/2″ lower than the top. Squeeze the wire in place so it holds.
Cut a piece of your 5/8″ decorative ribbon a little wider than the burlap so you can fold under the ends on either side (just the top layer). Use your glue gun to secure it in place. Note: I used a bit of the glue to hold the burlap fold in place at the same time on the underside.
Fold the pocket back up and stitch the sides together using a whip stitch from bottom to top.
Tie your gift tag to the top left corner of the pocket with your 1/8″ ribbon (simply put it through one of the burlap holes). Note: I found my free tags at The Caroline Johansson and printed them out on white card stock. My burlap favors are for my nieces and nephew, and these ones seemed to have a youthful cheery vibe. You can check out some other options on my Printables board on Pinterest.
These favors can be filled with whatever your heart desires. For the kids, I’m filling them with candy canes, wrapped candy, written messages, photos from past Christmases and more. I will be taking them with me to put on the kid’s table at my parent’s house on Christmas Day (it’s a tradition I started last year). All that’s left is writing each person’s name on the favors to double as place card holders.
I can think of so many uses for these burlap pockets and they can definitely be personalized to suit almost any party by changing out the ribbon, tags and filler.
Now for my favorite part….
Check out what the other participants created with ribbon:
Girls Ribbon Necklace by Suburble
Merry Christmas Ribbon Garland by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia