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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.


    • 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?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi KEI! Thank you so much for your question. The bow maker can be found right here at The Ribbon Retreat. Here is the link where they can be found… Good luck with your Double Ruffle Bow! Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  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… 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,,, and 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>

    • 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, 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.

  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

  19. Heather Barnes
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying to follow your ruffled crib skirt tutorial. However I’m confused on how you get 130 inches from 1 1/4 yards of fabric. I got my fabric and it’s in no way that long. Do I sew it together? Did I not get the right fabric? Super confused! Thanks


    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 13, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Heather! Thank you for your question! I am sorry about your confusion…hopefully we can help! 🙂 Shirley says…”Yes, you will cut the strips and sew them together. If your strips sewn together don’t quite make 130″ that is ok. It will still be super ruffled. So just sew your strips together, then cut the short sides and then your long side. If your fabric runs out, it’s totally fine.” Good luck Heather! This crib skirt is beautiful and so much fun to make. My little girl has one on her crib, and I love looking at it every time I go into her room! Happy Sewing Heather! Michelle 🙂

  20. Madison
    Posted February 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    NEED ADVICE! Im just starting to make headband, bows, and tutus. I need help deciding what the best ribbon sizes and how much to get to start. Ive already spent so much and seems like i wasted more than I actually made. What are the best ribbon bundles to use and what is the most popular type of bow i should start with. Id like to stock up instead of paying so much shipping. Why is it so hard to decide whitch ribbon goes together to match to make a boutique bow! lol

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Madison! Awesome….good for you! You will love creating your headbands, bows and tutus! They are SO much fun! Thank you for your questions and for turning to us for advice. We have so much amazing ribbon and supplies for your new endeavor that you are going to love. We also have the most amazing video and written tutorials that will help you step by step create lovely hair accessories. You can find all of our hair bow written tutorials HERE and our video tutorials HERE! As far as ribbon sizes are concerned, our TOTT Hair Bow Instructions will give you all of the information you will need as to what ribbon widths work best for certain bows. You can find those instructions HERE. The instructions for the Basic Boutique Hair Bow has tips for you in regards to ribbon lengths depending on how many loops you want your bow to have, the width of ribbon to use, and other greats tips to help you achieve beautiful bows. As far as the ribbon bundles go, we have so many amazing options that are all perfect for bow making. I just recently posted a tutorial on how many bows can be made from one ribbon mix. You can find that tutorial HERE. However, the sky is the limit with what bows you can create with these ribbon mixes. Again, by referring to the tips I mentioned earlier in the Basic Boutique Hair Bow instructions, you will find what ribbon widths work best with what bows. Most of our ribbon mixes are made up of 1 1/2″, 5/8″ and 3/8″ ribbon. We do however, also carry a ribbon mix made up of only 3/8″ ribbon. You can find all of our ribbon mixes HERE! One thing I might suggest would be so great for you, since you are just starting out, would be to think about purchasing our Bow Maker Starter Kit. This would supply you with one of our Bow Makers, ribbon…enough to create approximately 18 bows, and hardware. This kit is awesome! I hope all of this information helps you! Good luck Madison! I am so excited for you! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  21. Mary
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    10 minute burp cloth will not open as Word Doc. saves as bitmap and prints out small.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 19, 2015 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      Hi Mary! Oh man…I am sorry for the difficulties you are having with printing this pattern out. I would love to email it to you if you would like. You can email me your address at Thank you so much Mary and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  22. Mavis Moore
    Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I was on a site (can’t remember which one) and saw a reference to the Ribbon Retreat concerning Babies Mary Jane shoes. Do you have a pattern for sale and if so what is the price? Thanks for your help

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mavis! Thank you so much for your question. We actually don’t have a pattern for sale, but we do have a tutorial you can access for free! The Mary Jane Shoes you will find in this tutorial are so cute and the instructions are very easy to follow! You can find that tutorial HERE! Good luck and thank you for stopping by! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  23. Cherry Parker
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I am looking for a particular ribbon. It actually looks like a monarch butterfly in shades of navy, purple and pink. Do you know of anywhere that I can find it?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Hi Cherry! Thank you for your question. We actually have a couple of butterfly ribbons that are so cute and hopefully similar to what you are looking for. You can find those ribbons by clicking HERE and HERE! Good luck and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  24. Claire
    Posted March 12, 2015 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Hi I found the minnie-spikey bow on your website but when I came to make one it wasn’t on anymore. Is there any chance you could let me know the lengths of ribbon needed. Thanks Claire

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Claire! Thank you so much for your question. I am sorry this tutorial is no longer available. I was able to find the supply list for the bow you are looking for, but I think it will still provide you with the information you need to know to cut your ribbon. Here is the list…
      2 – 4″ lengths of 3/8″ Swiss Dots Ribbon – Red with Black
      2 – 4″ lengths of 3/8″ Solid Grosgrain Ribbon – Black
      2 – 4″ lengths of 3/8″ Little Minnie Ribbon
      2 – 8″ lengths of 1/8″ Solid Grosgrain Ribbon – Yellow
      1 – 1.5″ length of Swiss Dots Ribbon – Red with Black
      1 – Resin – Minnie – Red
      1 – Lined Alligator Clip

      I hope this helps! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  25. Starla
    Posted March 12, 2015 at 10:38 am | Permalink


    I teach loom knitting classes out of my home, and their are several other things I teach such as sewing. I would very much like to include your tutorial in my classes. I don’t think that I could improve on yours, because you were very thorough. I have no problem with giving you the credit where it is due, and adding your website onto the tutorial. Look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you in advance, Star

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      Hi Starla! Thank you for your question. Yes, you are welcome to use our tutorial in your class. We would truly appreciate, as you mentioned, giving us credit where it is due as well as adding our website to the tutorial. You are so awesome, and we really REALLY appreciate your consideration in asking. Good luck with your classes and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  26. Jennifer
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I have just recently started making hair bows. I have a low temp glue gun that I am less then thrilled with that I have had for some time. I noticed that most of the guns on your sit are either high temp or dual. I have read around the web that is better to use a low temp gun with ribbon and fabric because high temp could melt them. What are your thoughts?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 17, 2015 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your question. All of us here at The Ribbon Retreat use high temp glue guns and have never had any issues with our ribbon or fabric melting. We are very careful and make sure not to use too much at one time. Thank you again Jennifer and I hope this information helps you. The Ribbon Retreat sells a good variety of Glue Guns HERE if you would like to take a peek. Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  27. Pat C.
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Yoo-hoo, Michelle!!!! I can’t find the announcement of the winner of the Spring Blogger Competition! (But half the time I can’t find my brain, either, so I’m sure it’s here somewhere…..)

    Thanks! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Hehehehe…you are hilarious! The 3 winners are announced in today’s post right HERE! The winners are announced and a picture of their winner entry can be found in the post too. Thanks Pat! Michelle 🙂

      • Pat C.
        Posted June 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        Oh, dear. Poor Michelle. (Hehe!) I was wondering who won the Spring Blogger Competition, which ran throughout the month of May. The contestants received the same box of supplies and were challenged to create something with them. Each week that month we saw their results–an embellished boxy pouch; spring gift jars; a banner; and a bicycle basket.

        I have to admit that since you know how often I “lose my brain,” it makes sense that you thought I was referring to the more recent Show-N-Tell Link Party, whose winners were announced yesterday! You must really loooove me to put up with my still-silent computer speakers and my endless questions… I love you, too! xoxo

        • The Ribbon Retreat
          Posted July 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

          Hehehehe….Pat, you are totally right! I did think that you were speaking of the Bow Link Party! I am so so sorry! The winner of the Blogger Competition was Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts with her Gift Jars. Sorry again Pat and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

          • Pat C.
            Posted July 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

            No need to be sorry, Michelle! Thank you for the info, and congratulations to Mandy! xoxo

  28. Pam
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I need to change my email or unsubscribe and then re subscribe. Can’t seem to figure out how.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 5, 2015 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Pam! Awesome! So glad you were able to get it figured out! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  29. Sharon C.
    Posted August 25, 2015 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I have watched you work on making different bows and projects. You make them look so easy especially the glue gun. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on the glue gun. I don’t seem to make it glue as good as you do plus I’m constantly burning myself. I also can’t get the glue right. I have cobwebs and to much glue. Some I can get off but some are to big. Any suggestions. I’d appreciate it so much. I joined a couple of Facebook groups and they make beautiful bows and don’t seem to have any trouble with glue either. Appreciate any help you have. Thanks. Sharon

  30. Mary Ann Kramer
    Posted September 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I have been helping an 11 year old girl learn to sew. (Fun!) Yesterday we looked at the tutorial for the Tween Bag, and my student was very excited about making it. Today I was going to try to print out pictures and instructions, but the pictures we looked at yesterday don’t show up today. Can you help? Thanks so much.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary Ann! I am so sorry for the picture issue you are experiencing with our Tween Tote tutorial. I was able to see the pictures when I just looked up the tutorial. I hope you were able to view them as well. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Good luck and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  31. Jessica
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I was interested in the Santa Hat Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, but the link was not available. Is that tutorial still available? I would love to make that Santa Hat!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Thank you for your question. I am sorry, but the Santa Hat Ribbon Sculpture is no longer available. Thank you for stopping by and again, I am sorry! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  32. Erin
    Posted November 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm | Permalink


    I came across your DIY lip balm holder tutorial when I was looking for a way to attach a d-ring to a fabric pouch to do something simlar. This looks so much easier than what I had desinged myself! I am planning to make chapstick keychains for a small bazaar that my family does every year to raise money – it’s a family tradition). My design would NOT be exactly like yours as I am planning to use keychains, but it will be close enough that I want to make sure I will not be infringing upon any copyright (and the clips might be a fun change in the future). I would only be making/selling about 2 dozen. Please let me know if there would be any kind of problem with this.

    thank you.


    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 4, 2015 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      Hi Erin! Thank you so much contacting us. You are awesome! It is 100% ok for you to create these fun Lip Balm Holders and sell them. We love when our readers love one of our tutorials enough to recreate them and share their creations with others. Good luck with your bazaar and have so much fun making and selling these little beauties! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  33. Posted November 5, 2015 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    I have 4 grandsons and at Thanksgiving I try to get them together and make something for their other Grandmother and also for their mother to give at Thanksgiving to be used for Christmas. I really like the chevron tree ornaments. You don’t show how to make the bow part you only show how to put the back and button on. Could you please send me the instructions so we can make these. Thank you in advance,

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi Micki! What a fun tradition! I love it, and I am so excited that you are wanting to create one of our fun projects this year. You will have so much fun! Just to clarify, are you talking about the Chevron Flower Christmas Ornament found here? If so, are you speaking of the FOE hanger part, instead of “the bow part”? These particular ornaments do not have bows on them so I wanted to clarify. Thank you Micki! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

    Posted January 22, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Hello good afternoon!
    I’m from Brazil , and loved his job. I manufacture Ties for dogs. Where do I get these printed and colored ribbons beautiful ?
    Thank you!
    Karina .

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Karina! You can find all of our awesome ribbon right HERE! You will love our great selection of fabulous colors, designs and different types from satin to ruffle! Thank you for stopping by and have a great rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

    Posted January 22, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Hello good afternoon!
    Beautiful their work.
    I’m from Brazil , where I buy these beautiful and colorful ribbons ?
    Thank you!
    Karina .

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Hi Karina! Thank you very much and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  36. Pattie Verdecanna
    Posted March 1, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    My niece will have her first child (girl) on May 5. Unfortunately she lost her Mom on Dec. 27, 2015 (my sister) unexpectedly. She has chosen to have only one shower and it is going to be big. My sister was always a shopper and love getting the cute over the top gifts. We are going to use all the flower/bows to make centerpieces for the tables and then Mandy can take them all or the ones she wants and the guest can take the remainder. It takes a lot of bows/flowers to make 15 arrangements and I want to thank Ribbon Retreat for offering great products at very affordable prices. This is helping us to make this an awesome baby shower!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Pattie! Wow…thank you so much for the amazing compliment! You are awesome, and I am so sorry for your loss! You are a wonderful aunt to be there for your niece and to make this exciting time so special for her. Good luck with her Baby Shower and thank you so much for sharing! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  37. ruth green
    Posted March 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    im going to make the baby cot sheet set but you didnt say what width as ours may be different in aust also i iked the wand have you any more instructions on them with flowers and do you sell the bling like butterflys etc or know where i can get them .wanted a nice pink in tulle but its hard to see the colours can you tell me the name as i want to make it for a wedding cheers ruth

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ruth! Thank you for your comment and questions. The fabric Shirley used in the crib sheet tutorial is 44-45″ wide. We don’t have any instructions on adding flowers to wands, but I would suggest using hot glue or trying to tie them on with ribbon or a strong thread or string. We do have a tutorial for adding a sequin bow to a wand that would be similar to adding flowers. You can find that tutorial HERE! We sell a lot of bling and resins that are so cute and so perfect for any project. You can find those HERE! In regards to our tulle, we have quite a few pink colors. They range in shades and tone but are all beautiful! We have American Beauty, Coral, Dusty Rose, Paris Pink and Rosette. We even have pink in our glimmer tulle as well. Those colors are American Beauty, Coral, Paris Pink and Rosette! Good luck, and I hope this all helps! Michelle 🙂

  38. Amy
    Posted March 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm | Permalink


    I love all the tutorials on Ribbon retreat and I’ve been successful in recreating them. Recently I’ve stumbled upon a peppermint candy hair clip that I’m unable to make for my 5 yr old daughter. It’d be great if one of you team members can post the tutorial to do the same. Many thanks.

    PS: I gave the link below to show the hair clip I’m referring to. Hope this helps understand my request.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amy! Thank you so very much! I am so glad you love our blog and have had success in creating some of them! You are awesome! Thank you also for your tutorial suggestion! That Peppermint Clip is so so adorable! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  39. Megan
    Posted April 8, 2016 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Hi! We are going to plan a Baby Shower Headband Station like shared in your blog (love it) and are deciding on flowers and elastic ribbons to order from your website (again love it)! Along with having the tools to create the headbands, we wanted to create a sign that gave simple directions. I’ve seen some steps include felt circles, and others not. Could you provide the best steps for us to print and display at our headband station?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Megan! Thank you so much! I am so glad you like the fun Baby Shower Headband Station tutorial. It is so much fun and such a great idea to do for a Baby Shower. The best way for you to get instructions on how to create flower headbands is to check out the following tutorials: Frozen Inspired Winter Headband, Rosy Chiffon Flower Headband and our Cluster Headband Tutorial. All of these tutorials are great for learning how to cluster flowers together for headbands. However, if some of those attending don’t want to make a cluster headband, they can use the same directions for adhering one flower to the elastic headband. I hope this helps. Thank you again and good luck with your baby shower. Michelle 🙂

  40. Kindra
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I Live in Idaho Falls. Is there an option for pickup?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 17, 2016 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Hi Kindra! Thank you for your question. Yes! You are able to pickup any orders you make online at our warehouse in Shelley! When you place your order and get to the shipping portion of check out, there is an option for you to choose pick up in the store as opposed to picking a shipping option. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  41. Shelly
    Posted August 11, 2016 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I just wanted to simply say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all of these tutorials. I’m a stay at home mom mainly because of my health so we’re a 1 income family home and it’s tough. I just started making hair bows to make some money to help my husband and your site has helped me out. I just wanted to tell you thank you. I just got some templates and was looking for instructions on the ribbon sizes and the inches I would need to cut them from 2″ to 7″. I saw you have some listed from 5″ on. That’s been a great help. Thank you again.

    • Lanae Hale
      Posted August 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      You are so very welcome!!! And thank you for your kind comments! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!!

  42. Carrisa Carrington
    Posted September 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I was wondering what kind of sewing machine you used? I really want to purchase one, and it looks like yours is really good for crafts!

    • Lanae Hale
      Posted September 9, 2016 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Carrisa! Shirley has a Heavy Duty Singer, but she would recommend getting a different brand. 🙂 I personally own a Janome and love it! When I first started sewing, I purchased a Pfaff Hobby Machine and it was okay. I would recommend either a Janome, Baby Lock, or Bernina. All of these brands have beginning models and more advanced models and you can’t go wrong with any of them. 🙂 I hope this helps! Good luck in your search!! –Lanae 🙂

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