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  1. Alicia
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I’m in the middle of making my baby girls first tutu, & like I tend to always do, I jump the gun, get what supplies I think will be enough from WalMart, get home & start my project, now here I am wishing I would have thought my materials , estimated how much to complete it , & mostly in wishing I would’ve ordered my tulle , ribbon, ECT. From here! so my main concern, the tutu has to be complete before this Saturday (15th of march , Easter pageant) …. I’m guessing it would take longer than what I have to process & receive an order if I made it this morning? Can someone just get back with me about shipping, how long it usually takes, or are there any kind of rush delivery options to receive an order within a day or 2? Thank you… “last minute mommy”

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for your comment! I would be happy to check on that order for you first thing in the morning. I will email you personally when I find out the status on your order. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I would love to see a picture of your cute tutu when it is all done. Have a wonderful night and talk to you soon. Michelle :)

  2. Becky
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I have begun making hair bows. I’m very excited about making them for my 2 granddaughters ages 2 yrs. and 8 months. I have a problem I am using a glue gun to attach the clip to the bow, but they are peeling off and I need to be fixed after each wearing. I must be doing something wrong. Do you have any suggestions?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Hi Becky! Thank you for your question. I have found that clips stay attached to bows really good if you line your clip first, with ribbon. The hot glue tends to adhere better to ribbon than to the steal clip. You could also attach a felt circle to the back of your bow and attach the clip to the felt circle. You will have to trim your felt down so it won’t be noticeable when wearing the bow. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

      • Becky
        Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

        Thank you so much… Have a “Blessed” Day…

  3. Barb Drake
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    This is probably a FAQ (Sorry!), but can I make and sell your “Fold & Go” bag at our local Farmer’s Market?

  4. Posted April 7, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,
    I entered four of my items on the new link party page. I think I may have jumped the gun. Being over excited, I picked out my items without noticing the using of your tutorials for items. I didn’t use any. My items are all from my design. Do you need me to take them down? Sorry about that. I just got excited and posted. :/

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi April! Thank you so much for your comment and question. No…you totally don’t have to take down your adorable ribbon sculptures. I think they are so cute. Please feel free to come and link up more if you have some! Thank you so much for checking, but you are totally fine! Have a wonderful day April and thank you for linking up! Michelle :)

      • Posted April 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        Thank you!! I made some of your dragonfly ones today to add to it!

        • The Ribbon Retreat
          Posted April 8, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

          Hi April! That is awesome! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see them. Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle :)

  5. Lena Williams
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    For your child sleeping bag tutorial what kind of batting did you use?
    You say high loft, but is it all cotton like warm and natural, poly-fil, 80/20 … ?
    I love the patten and hope to make if for my grandson. thank you for your time.

    Lena

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lena! Thank you for your question. The batting Amber used was a basic, cotton batting that was high loft like you might put in a quilt. I think any batting will work, it just depends on how thick you want your bag to be. Good luck and thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  6. ray
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    could you please advise where can i get kilos of buttons at the best price thanks

  7. KEI
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    On the double ruffle video where did you get the bow maker?

  8. Doris
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Are you getting more of the 4th of July skort material?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Doris! Thank you so much for your question. The adorable fabric for this skort is out of stock and since it is seasonal, we will probably not be getting any more in stock for this year. I am so sorry about this. Thank you so much for checking, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  9. Jennifer
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    What is the best needle and thread to use for making bows? I am new to bow making and I am loving the You Tube channel!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 8, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your question. You can go to any craft store and find good needles and thread, but I would recommend not using the a super cheap, like a .$50 thread, for example. The Ribbon Retreat actually sells awesome thread that is great for making bows. You can find that thread and our assortment of colors by clicking HERE. In regards to a needle, it’s best to use a medium sized needle — not one that is small, but not a really big one either. Getting an assorted pack is great because it gives you a variety of different needles to try. We also carry an awesome assortment pack of needles that are great for making bows right here at The Ribbon Retreat. You can find that pack by clicking HERE. Thank you so much Jennifer and thank you for watching our YouTube Channel. We are so glad that you love it!!! Good luck and happy bow making!!! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  10. Stacy
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if you have a pattern or if you know where I can find a pattern for fabric booties. I’m looking to make them to cover my daughters(she’s 12yrs old) cheer shoes before a competition so they don’t get dirty but I can’t seem to find one. Thank you for your time and any help you mayb able to give me.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Stacy! Thank you for your question. I am sorry, but we do not have a pattern for fabric booties or shoe covers. However, I did a quick google search for fabric bootie patterns and the result was all for baby shoes. So, I changed my search to fabric shoe covers pattern and came up with a couple of things that might work for you. Here is a link to one of the patterns that might help you…http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/bowling-shoe-covers/47830. Thank you Stacy and good luck! Hope this helps! Michelle :)

  11. Rebecca
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Hi Guys just wanting to know if there is a website that I can look at that sell the parts to make earrings . So I can put resins on them. Thanks

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you for your question. I did a search on Google for Earring Posts and found that you can purchase them on alot of websites. Some of those websites are http://www.amazon.com, http://www.joann.com, http://www.orientaltrading.com, http://www.walmart.com and http://www.shophobbylobby.com. Those are just a few of the websites. There were ALOT more. I hope this helps and good luck!!! The Ribbon Retreat has the cutest resins ever that look amazing on earring posts. You can find all of our resins HERE, and we have an awesome tutorial that will show you exactly how to attach our resins to your earring posts. You can find that tutorial HERE. Have a wonderful day and thank you again Rebecca! Michelle :)

  12. Robin
    Posted August 12, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I’m a beginner sewer & recently made my first rag quilt out of flannel. So easy & that’s now going to be “my thing!!”. Here’s my questions: I”ve read you can use regular cotton fabric & also combine the cotton & flannel. My concern is shrinkage & will the 2 different fabrics shrink and/or fray differently. Have you had any experience combining 2 different fabric types>
    Thanks!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Hi Robin! Yay and congrats on your sewing! That is awesome that you are already making quilts! I am so impressed! I have had experience in combining two different types of fabrics, and I have not had any issues except for when I didn’t pre-wash the fabrics. The one time I didn’t pre-wash, my fabrics did shrink differently and ruined my project. BoooHoooo! It was super sad. So, I would suggest pre-washing for sure. The fraying was about the same, but if they did fray differently, I think that would add to the personality and uniqueness of the quilt so I would personally think that was fun. I hope this helps. Congrats again and way to be an awesome sewist! Good luck with your future quilts and thanks so much for your comment! Michelle :)

  13. Martina Reese
    Posted September 1, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I’m excited about getting started with the reversible satchel, http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/switchable-striped-sling-satchel-z-series-s.html. Before I buy fabric and start cutting, I have a few questions I’m hoping you can help with.
    1. Is there a seam allowance built into the pattern? If so, how much seam, is it 5/8″?
    2. I was thinking of using lightweight upholstery fabrics to make the bag. I’m concerned that it might be too bulky to pull the bag through the strap to make it inside out after stitching. Any thoughts about fabric weight?
    3. You suggest cutting fusible interfacing with other pattern pieces. How about sewing “main” piece to “inset panel” piece, pressing seam open, then fusing that assembled piece onto a large sheet of uncut fusible. Wouldn’t that make the seams less bulky? Is there a reason to not do it that way?
    Looking forward to your advice and going shopping! Thanks. Martina

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 23, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Martina! Thank you so much for your questions! We are so excited about you getting started with your bag! This bag is adorable!!! In regards to your questions, Mandy suggests that…
      1. Yep, seam allowance is built in, at about 1/2 in. But the pattern is very flexible and forgiving, so you can make it bigger or smaller depending on the size of bag you’d like.
      2. Good question – I’m not sure because I haven’t attempted it with upholstery fabric. I’d probably say it’s doable, but you might not need the interfacing (unless it’s really lightweight) and no interfacing might help it pull through the handle. Or you could always make the handle part a little wider when you cut the pattern so that bulkier fabric can fit through.
      3. Yes! I thought of that way AFTER I had cut all my pieces, and I thought it might be confusing to talk about that way but show pictures of another way. But I would do it that way when I make my next bag.
      Have fun with the bag!!

      Thank you so much Martina! Good Luck and Happy Sewing! Michelle :)

  14. icia
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Hello, I lose this blog! I’m going to make some of the ruffled satin rosettes that you have one the blog. Gorgeous. I’m making them for a special occasion dress for my dd. I need to make some smaller flowers that are approx. 1″. What size ribbon and how much should I use to make something this size? Thank you very much,Icia

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Icia! Thank you for your question. The width of ribbon you use and the amount of ribbon you use depends on how full you want your flower to be. Since you will be making smaller flowers, you made want to go with a more narrow ribbon like a 5/8″ or even a 3/8″ ribbon. As far as the length, again it depends on how full you want your flower. You could always start with a yard or a little more and then trim off the excess. I hope this helps you! Good luck with your flowers and have a great day! Michelle :)

  15. Melissa Reasoner
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    I found your Lacy Petti Romper tutorial and love how simple it looks. I do have a couple questions as I tend to be the queen of over thinking.
    1. If I am doing one (actually 2 for twins) for newborn size would I still need to add extra 6 inches to chest measurement or would less work as well since they are smaller?

    2. If I cut the crotch hole in the middle and then have my seam allowance on one side doesn’t that make one leg hole smaller then the other?

    3. What would you suggest for seam allowance down the side of romper?

    Thank you so very much for this adorable tutorial.
    Melissa

  16. donna bowen
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    do u use more tulle using a crochet headband or ribbon? i need 2 make a size 4 tut 4 someone and i just discovered the ribbon one but i think 22″ of knots would take much more tulle than a stretch headband/ your thoughts? and how do i determine how much tulle to use for a size 4? the child n question is 22″ round the waist and needs it 2 b 12″ long. it is sunday sept 14 and if u can answer asap it would b great! i need 2 have it done by tu nite! thanks!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      Hi Donna! Thank you so much for your question! The amount of tulle you use for both the crochet headband and ribbon tutus depends on how full you want your tutu to be. If you want your tutu to be really full, obviously you are going to be using a lot of tulle. I have a little girl who is wearing 18-24 month clothes and I got 4 spools of tulle to make her a tutu. I want it to be full and fluffy so I went with 4 spools to be careful and am hoping I am not going to need more. You would probably want to go with 6+ just to be safe so you get the length you want as well as the fullness you are desiring. This is totally an estimation on the amount of spools you will need, so I hope this works for you! Thank you and have a wonderful day! Good luck! Michelle :)

  17. Marianne
    Posted September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi there
    I used your tutorial to make a crib sheet for my soon to be arriving grand baby. It was easy and turned out great! I wanted to make another one and found the piece of fabric I had was not quite WIDE enough and not quite LONG enough. I also wanted to add more coverage to the bottom of the mattress. I added strips all the way around my rectangular fabric. I liked the idea of encasing the elastic in the seam. It measured 50 inches by 71 inches with the strips added. I cut two 8 inch squares from the short end and sewed the first -right sides together- 1/4 inch seam. I went to check the fit on the mattress and the corner seams are too far apart to match the corners of the mattress! I am totally frustrated and confused. Do I make the square cut outs larger than 8 inches? If so, how large should they be? Any suggestions would be greatly be appreciated! Thanks a bunch.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marianne! Thank you so much for your question! Shirley says the following regarding your question…”How smart to add strips of fabric around the edges! I would think the 8″ squares would be too small after adding the additional fabric. I haven’t done this myself, but I would assume that adding however much you added to the sides, you would add that to the squares. So if you added two inch strips then you would add two to eight and get 10 inch squares. That would be what I would try. Please let us know how it goes!” Thank you again Marianne and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  18. Leah Ortega
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I am doing a project for my class and I chose to write an essay on how to make a Loopy bow. In order to turn in the essay and begin my project, I have to have the following: Author, Article/web page, source, Date, and URL. This would help very much! Please take the time to help, I really like your blog btw! (:
    Thank you! Leah Ortega

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