Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Trends - Pleating Ribbon

Hi everyone, Heather here for this week's Wednesday Trends... :) I get a lot of questions on how I pleat and ruffle the ribbon on my cards, so I thought I would take some time today to show you how you can create pleats.  Pleating is a very easy technique to do, and it really looks lovely on your completed cards.  The only supplies you really need are ribbon and Scor-Tape (I usually use the 1/4" width for pleating).  I know some people use their Tombow tape runner or red line tape, but I find that the Tombow adhesive isn't strong enough to create a permanent bond (the pleats will pop back up), and red line tape is a little too unforgiving if you make a mistake while pleating/ruffling.

To start out, apply a piece of Scor-Tape across the base of the card (or whatever cardstock you'll be adding the ribbon to), and remove the paper backing.  Adhere about 1/4-1/2" piece of ribbon to the card base, and fold the next section of ribbon to create what will become the pleat.

Hold the pleat in place, and press down another 1/4-1/2" section of ribbon to secure it to the card base.  You should end up with a pleat that looks like this:

Repeat the process along the length of the Scor-Tape strip, and you should end up with this:

Next, add little strips of Scor-Tape to the sections of ribbon adhered to the card base:

Remove the paper backing, and gently press the ribbon loops into the adhesive to secure:

See... that's it! Super easy! :) Here is my completed card:

Have a great day!! :)

-Heather P.


  1. you are such a rockstar, heather! great tutorial!

  2. Super easy to follow tutorial! Thanks so much! I've been fiddling with the unforgiving red tape - off to try with the Scor-Tape now!

  3. Wow. Super!!. I like it. Thanks

  4. So, that's how it's done! I've always wondered and was afraid it involved sewing. I can handle tape! Thanks for the directions. :)

  5. That's a great tip. I had done pleating on a project but did not use the right adhesive and it came off! Bummed for sure...this would have helped me pick the adhesive. Learning by trial and error...LOL!


  6. Fabulous tutorial Heather! I'll have to give this a try! :) Thanks for edumacating me. ;)

  7. Woohooooooo!!! Thank you oh great one for this FABULOUS tutorial!! I can't wait to give it a go now!! :D

  8. looks great! very similar to how I do it-will have to try the score tape! thanks for sharing!

  9. you've made it look oh-so-easy, I'm gonna go home tonight and give it a go!! Thanks for sharing your tips with us. xx

  10. Thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial. If you will follow up with one on how you do your gorgeous ribbon ruffling I will be SO HAPPY. I cannot tell you how much ribbon I have RUINED trying to duplicate the lovely ruched affect you get with your ribbon ruffles!

    You are the QUEEN of RIBBON, I bow to your genius!


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