How to Make a Ribbon Weaving

Ribbon weaving is a great way to experiment with colour schemes and weave patterns. With three fantastic new ribbon packs available at Hobbycraft from 3rd May, there’s so much possibility for experimentation! Read the tutorial below to find out how to make your own.

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make
  1. Start by selecting the colours of ribbons you would like to include within your weaving, we opted for a mixture of bright and pastel tones, but it’s completely up to you!

2. From the ribbons chosen, select two that you would like to feature predominantly in the hanging. Position the canvas panel portrait and run a strip of double-sided tape along the top edge. Secure cut lengths of your chosen two ribbons to the tape, ensuring that there is around 1cm of excess ribbon overhanging both the top and bottom edges, and that the ribbon is positioned parallel to the side edge.

3. Pre-cut lengths of the remaining selected ribbons to weave horizontally through the vertical ribbons, again making sure to cut so that there is a 1cm overhang on both the right and left hand-side edges.

4. Working from the top of the panel down, start to weave the cut ribbons into the vertical strands by running the ribbon over or under the horizontal strands. If you wish to see the coloured horizontal ribbon go over the top of the vertical ribbon, if you wish for it to be hidden, go underneath the vertical ribbon.

5. Continue working in this way until the whole panel has been filled.


Top tip – Place the canvas panel on top of a craft mat and use the guides to ensure all of the ribbons are running straight. Using a craft mat also comes in handy if you want to leave a gap between two horizontal ribbons as it can be easily measured.

6. Once happy with the composition, carefully flip the panel over and run a strip of double-sided tape along the top edge of the panel, fold the excess ribbon from the front of the panel to the back and secure in place. Repeat the process along the bottom edge of the panel, then on the two side panels.

7. With the woven panel face down, trim four lengths of ribbon to approximately 8cm, fold in half to create loops and space evenly along the top edge of the panel. Secure the loops into place with a hot glue gun.

8. To complete, thread a length of dowelling through the ribbon loops and hang your ribbon weaving in pride of place.

Hints and Tips

  • Experiment with different widths of ribbon, they don’t all need to be the same size.
  • Mix and match between using the front and the back of your chosen ribbons, with satin ribbons in particular the back of the ribbon will have a matt finish and contrasts nicely against the shine of the front.
  • To keep the back of the panel nice and tidy, you could cut a piece of cardstock to slightly smaller than the panel and secure over the top.

We’re always keen to see your crafts, and if you share your makes with us on Instagram using #Hobbycraft, you will be in with the chance of winning a £100 voucher each month! T&C’s apply.

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