Ruching Ribbon, the Real Way…

Hi and welcome once again.


I have to tell you I saved the best for last from my Friday Night class. Any one who knows me, knows I LOVE BIRDS!  The moment I see anything with a bird on it, I have to  have it. I think that’s why I feel in love with the Nature Walk Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! The bird image is magnificent! Stampin’ Up! has the best stamps ever. The lines on their images are so clear and crisp and shows every detail right down to the tinest speck.


Now, while I love birds, I didn’t want the bird to be the main focus here, However, I did want a balance between it and the Ruched Ribbon. Here’s what I came up with: Finished Nature Walk Ruching CardWe started by ruching our ribbon. There is a faster technique to ruching, but, I think the sewing method can’t be beat. The end result is gorgeous!


You begin by measuring the amount of ribbon needed and multiple it by about three.  For instance, if you need a 3″ piece of ribbon, you’ll need to cut a 9″ strip. Along the top edge of the ribbon mark off every inch. Don’t worry about seeing the marks, because once the ribbon is gathered you won’t see them. On the bottom edge of the ribbon mark every half-inch. You need to start your measuring at the beginning edge of the ribbon for both measurements, because, you want the half -inch marks staggered between the one-inch marks. You’re really stitching every inch, but, this is an accurate way to get your marks exactly staggered and in the middle. Understand???? For  this card I used the 5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 1Thread your needle with a single thread and a good knot on the end. Then, you simply stitch with a running stitch as shown. the trick is to begin you stitching from the bottom and end the last stich on the top so you can loop around the ribbon’s edge to begin your new row of stitching from the bottom. You stitch your rows from one top edge mark to the other one inch bottom mark. Get it?


Your stitches don’t have to be perfect, nor does the color of thread have to match the ribbon. I used a quilting thread, because it’s a bit stronger and doesn’t break when you gather the ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 2When you’re done stitching, you simply pull the thread and pull the ribbon away from the thread until the gathering looks appealing to you. The more you pull, the tighter the gather. If the gathering twists, just flatten it out with your hands. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pulled Ribbon Ruching Detail

Once the ruching was done, we moved on to making the card. For this:

Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

Cut two Very Vanilla Card Stock pieces, one at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and the other at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock.

Cut a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 3

On the smaller 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock,  stamp the egg image in Baja Breeze, leaf image in Certainly Celery and the bird image in Early Espresso Ink in a random collage pattern. Keep the images more to the left of the Very Vanilla Card Stock.


With Watercolor Pencils color in the bird image and distress the edges of card stock with  the Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit and a Sponge Dauber.


On the right hand side of the card stock, lay a piece of Sticky Strip vertically and carefully layer your Ruched Ribbon on the Sticky Strip. Pull both ends of the ruching to make sure it extends from top to bottom, making sure you have enough of the ribbon to wrap around the card stock.

Finished Nature Walk Ruching Card 2


Layer the pieces of card stock as shown. For the stamped piece of Very Vanilla layer it using Stampon’ Up! Dimensionals. Sit back and admire your creation. This one you won’t want to give away, so you’ll have to make two!





Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







Stampin Up! Product Used in this Project: (Just click on product name to order)

STAMP SET:    Nature Walk

INK:    Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery

CARD-STOCK:     Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake

FRILLS:    5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Distressing Kit, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Sticky Strip

NON-STAMPIN’ UP!:     Sewing Needle, Quilting or Button Thread


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