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How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments: New Book Review & Giveaway

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The mark of a truly good book is when we get totally distracted while doing the photography of it, reading page after page and pointing out cool stuff before realizing no "real work" is getting done! This new book, the latest by Elaine Schmidt, is definitely one of those books. From strands of simple ribbon, she shows you how to make trims, rosettes, sculptures, baubles and beads. It's like ribbon magic. We give you a look at just a few of the one hundred wonderful techniques. And, we have a copy to give away!

If you thought tying a ribbon into a bow was the extent of your ribbon embellishment options, take a deep breath. Elaine Schmidt takes you through 100 designs, each one more amazing than the next. 


Inexpensive, and with so many patterns and colors from which to choose, ribbon is the perfect medium to create embellishments. 

The step-by-step photos and clear instructions in How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments make it very easy to create finished results that are incredibly detailed and intricate.

And other than the ribbon itself, very few supplies are required: a needle and thread, a bit of glue, perhaps a button or bead. And because ribbon is so varied, you can master just one technique, make it from several different combinations of ribbon, and each one will be totally unique. 

How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments is divided into four main categories: Trims and Braids, Rosettes and Leaves, Ribbon Sculptures, and Beads and Baubles. There's also a Technical Support chapter with ribbon descriptions and lists of basic materials needed as well as specialty tool suggestions to make ribbon work faster and easier. 

Wouldn't this sculptured goldfish look adorable swimming across a little girl's dress?

Elaine Schmidt is a leading designer, consultant, educator, and spokesperson in the sewing, quilting, and craft industries. And, she's a friend of Sew4Home! We've reviewed her previous books: The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts and Precut Patchwork Party, both of which were best sellers. And, she designed a gorgeous woven ribbon ring-bearer pillow for our own Rustic Wedding series. Elaine is simply the very best there is when it comes to ribbon crafts. 

We are giving away one of these books, but even if you are not our lucky winner, we would highly recommend purchasing your own copy for your sewing and crafting library. You can find How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments at your local independent bookseller, or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble among others. It's offered for under $20 on both these sites, and the value of the tips, ideas, and step-by-step instructional detail is worth ten times the cover price. You'll turn to it again and again for inspiration. 

How to enter to win a copy of How To Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments


Based on the results of our recent Social Media Survey, we've increased our focus on communicating with our eNewsletter members. So to enter to win this book, simply sign up for our Sew4Home eNewsletter. If you already receive our emails, your work here is done. 

To sign up, enter your email address into the Subscribe to Our Newsletter box near the top right corner of every website page. It looks like this example:

We will draw one person at random from everyone who is a mail list member as of midnight PT June 16, 2014. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

We will contact our random winner by email to coordinate shipping.

NOTE: We are pleased to say this Great Giveaway is open to all our Sew4Home visitors – both domestic and international.

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Comments (46)

Mary Jane Waggoner said:
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All the embellisments, braids and art work!  All in one book!

Marty Wollbrink said:
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How much fun would this book be???? I have 15 grandkids and 11 of them are little girls. Oh the dresses, purses, and hair ties, etc. we could make.

bairdmtn said:
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What an exciting book!  Would love to have it so I could make ribbon accents for my quilting and scrapbooking, too!!!!!

Denise R said:
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Oh my gosh! I would never have thought about Ribbon embellishments. I can just see using these to make barrettes for my daughter!

vickit said:
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What a cute looking book. I really love the fish. So cute. With 2 granddaughters this would come in handy when makig things for them to wear or other things. 

Christine Bolin said:
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Such pretty embellishments!  I would dearly love to win a copy of this book.

Effieida said:
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This looks like a wonderful book.  I love ribbon embellishments so I can't wait to use this book.  Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.

Barbielove said:
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Oh my that is so unique, I have never seen such an adorable book!

Cally Yates said:
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Wow. These ideas are really good. I would love to have a go at ribbon weaving, it is just knowing where to start.

It is such a nice change that International readers can enter for a chance to win.

thank you

Chester'sWife said:
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I would Love to win this Book, I am a Ribbonaholic!!

Huggs, Nancy

MPaula said:
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I would like that goldfish swimming over MY clothes

Carolyn Thompson said:
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This would be great to add different ribbons for charity & personal packages.

Nancy Blue Moon said:
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Diane Baldwin said:
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Thanks for the birds eye view of this book.  It would be a great piece to add to my library.

Creative Busy Bee said:
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This book looks wonderful. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks

Jeanne R said:
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Great book! I would love to have one for all those "left over" ribbons!

Rosemary Rivas(nellieduclos@yahoo.com) said:
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Looks like a great book.  When I was young, I worked in a JCP store that had fabrics, notions, etc. (I'm showing my age here!), but they also had a great assortment of beautiful ribbons which have disappeared from local fabric stores.   I  would love to win copy of this book and try some of these techniques.  Maybe you could include some of these in future tutorials.  The eye-glass case is stunning.  

Linda Fleming said:
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What a wonderful book!

The pictures are so colorful and the instructions are clear.

I'd love to try out some of the suggestions.

GrannyTo8Boys said:
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Wow.  Ribbon is more versatile than I ever knew.  I need this book.

carol anderson said:
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Thank you for letting us know about this book. It looks great and yes I would love to be the chosen winner.

Anonymous said:
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Thank you for letting us learn a bit about this book. I love love what I see! And of course I would love to be the chosen winner. 

Sue J said:
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I have so much ribbon that would be perfect for these creative and unique projects. After the drawing I will buy the book if I'm not fortunate enough to win a copy.

Jean Hallum said:
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So many creative uses for ribbon - would love to add it to my library collection.

Jeanne Hallum said:
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Looks like this book is filled with creative ideas!  Would love to add it to my library collection!

Annerieke Oppedijk said:
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Really cool. Love to try it myself  :)

Annerieke Oppedijk said:
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Really cool. Love to try it myself  :)

Peggy Schmoll said:
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Looks like a very fun book to complete creative projects.

Peggy Schmoll said:
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Looks like a very fun book to complete creative projects.

Angela Culpepper said:
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If I don't win this book, I might just buy it!  It looks like fun?

etchedinthread said:
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What an awesome looking book! I'm going to have to look for it, though winning a copy would be even better

Jane Finnell said:
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This looks like a great resource book and one that my granddoughter would love.  I'm always looking for fun new projects to do with her.  This book looks perfect!

Theresa Turner said:
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I didn't realize ribbon could be used in so many different ways.  What a great book for creativity! Definitely a book to have. 

Becky (central Oregon) said:
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I think I already get your newsletter but resigned up just in case... I have the purfect person to give this book to!

pbjones80@hotmail.com said:
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Love this.  Never knew you could do so much with ribbon.  I need this book!  Love, love, love it.♥. Thanks so much for telling everyone about it.  Thanks also for the opportunity to win a copy!

Marcia Gilbreath said:
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I have made ribbon rosettes before, but this book takes ribbon-craft to a whole new level! I would love to win a copy.

Angie McDaniel said:
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Thank you so much for spreading the word about this book. This would be a great addition to any library.

sandie said:
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What a wonderful idea for a book.  This book would be great in any craft library.   What fun using the different designs in creation you can dream up.  Thank you

Cindy Carlson said:
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I would SEW enjoy this book.  It looks fa bulbous and fun!!!   I could embellish our granddaughter's clothes as well as make fun embellishments for pouches, bags and purses, let alone what fun hair accessories!

Carol Kussart said:
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This book looks like a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing it!

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