Ribbons can be diced several ways based on their features, and they are divided into two general categories: woven and non-woven. Woven ribbons tend to be narrower than non-woven and they always have a defined and thicker edge. Non-woven ribbons are made from textile and plastics, and are held together by an adhesive.
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For the crafts below, you will want to use mostly woven ribbons. Woven ribbons are generally used for crafts and home décor because of their versatility and durability, while non-woven ribbons are typically used for gift-wrapping because they can be cut, shredded, and curled easily.
You will often find ribbons further divided into these types:
For the projects below, you will want to look for the ribbon types that are durable, light, and easy to work with. Not all ribbon types fit the bill, so here are a few suggestions:
- Organza is the first ribbon type on the list to fit the bill as it is very light and often sheer.
- Grosgrain is also widely used and is not sheer like organza, so it can also be a good choice for ribbon pillow or lampshade projects.
- Iridescent ribbon has a reflective finish that changes the color depending on the angle you view it from, which makes it a great choice for summer curtains.
If you already have leftover ribbon, read on to see which project you can take on next!