Fun for the Fourth

I have been busy Busy BUSY getting stuff ready for this weekend.

Fun For the Fourth - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Every year my mom’s family goes up to Brighton Ski Resort in Utah for a 4th of July breakfast. My grandparents have a cabin there so they have been doing this for years. Part of the day includes breakfast, then a walk around the lake near the ski resort, and a picture on a huge rock. Every year that picture goes up in the cabin and you can see how the family has grown over the years. I LOVE it!

Along with going up for the breakfast, you have to be dressed up for it too! Every year we get Old Navy shirts or wear something decorative. This year I was good and got my Old Navy shirts WAAAAY in advance so all our shirts actually fit. Yay!

Since I have this blog and no little girls, this was the perfect opportunity to make a bow for myself! You’re not too old for a bow on the Fourth!

Fun For the Fourth - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I think this bow turned out fantastic! Especially for being my third bow EVER!

I am not very good at matching ribbons for bows yet, so I got the 4th of July Ribbon mix. I used three different techniques in the TOTT Hair Bow Instructions.

I used the Boutique Bow for my bottom layer. I did two aqua sheer ribbon Two Loop Toppers for the middle layer (I’m wearing an Aqua Old Navy shirt.) Then I did a Korker topper. I didn’t have an elastic band, so I had to put a ribbon knot in the middle to cover the thread.

This was my first time doing a Korker bow and it was SO fun! I lost my dowel for the bow maker and had to buy more. I bought a bunch of them in the package so I had tons left over to use to make the Korkers. Don’t be surprised if the next few bows I make are Korkers. They are so much fun! I have a bunch of ribbon left over so I am going to make more for my neighbor girls. Yes, they will have Korkers on them!

The Fourth is landing on a Sunday this year -which makes it awesome, because we get to celebrate twice as long! :)- and I decided to dress up my little guy in something festive. I fell in love with the Nantucket line and HAD to make a tie out of one of the fabrics. I chose the Red Small Paisley because it seemed the least girly and I didn’t want to mess with stripes yet.

Fun For the Fourth - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I went a lot faster making the tie the second time around. The top still turned out chunkier than I wanted, but I was able to manipulate it and make it super cute. I also got That Purple Thang to help with pushing the edges out and pulling the tie through. I love it! It made making this tie go much faster! I can’t wait until my son is old enough for a regular tie. I have to do so much sewing by hand on this tie; it takes forever! But I would do it over and over for how cute they turn out. I can’t wait for him to wear it on Sunday!

The tie doesn’t take much fabric so I made a shirt for later in the evening on the third or fourth. I had plenty of the fabric left over so I ironed on double side adhesive (I love this stuff!) and cut out a map of the United States. Then I peeled the paper off and ironed the fabric onto my Onesie. Then I sewed a zig zag stitch around it. If I did it again, I would do a straight stitch inside the map. Does anyone else think Onesies are adorable even if your baby is a toddler? I can’t wait to put some cute shorts on him!

Fun For the Fourth - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Well those are most of my projects for the Fourth!

Are you making something fun? I would love to hear about it!

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  1. Posted June 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    How fun! I love the onesie! It makes me wish I had little ones again! I’m loving all your fun projects Shirley! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. Kelly Jo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I just found your blog today and I am so glad! I actually created some iorn-on transfers for my nieces and used them with a graphically designed image from my friend.

    Here is a direct link:

    I really want to try some things with fabric. You mentioned you love the double sided adhesive sheets- can you tell me where to get that?

    • Shirley
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly Jo! Your iron-on transfers looked adorable!!! I loved them! I’ll have to try that out some time. You can get double sided adhesive sheets at any fabric store. BUT the ribbon retreat does sell them, so when you get your fabric, you can just add it to your cart and it will be shipped with it. Here is the link for it: There is lite and ultra strong. There are descriptions for both to see what you would prefer for your project. It is SO much fun to use these and it doesn’t take much time or effort. I love it! Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions at

  3. Posted July 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed flipping through this. I think I will have a go through your other posts!

  4. Posted July 4, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    I love the onesie! I made one similar to it, and linked to your website from my blog. Thanks for sharing! Happy Fourth!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jodie! I hopped on over to your blog to see yours and I absolutely love it! So cute on your little boy! Thanks for showing it off and linking to our page. Hope you had a great fourth! – Shirley 🙂

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