Rock What Ya Got: Recycled Rag Ribbon

Last week I found myself walking through Target with the wedding registry for some friends and ended up picking these funky everyday dishes.


Of course I spaced gift wrap until I got home. Actually that doesn’t really surprise me because buying bags and tissue paper is one of my biggest pet peeves.

Total waste of money.

I dug through my wrapping stash at home and picked this plain white craft paper over the SpongeBob SquarePants birthday variety.


Then I dug through the Bat Scrap organizer for some scrap ribbon and came up with nothing long enough that would match.

Nada. Zilch.

That is until I remembered the four massive bins of old shirts still waiting to be recycled, upcycled or stash-busted.


  No problem.

I cut a couple of 1” strips with a rotary cutter to wrap around the box of plates …


… and some 1/4” strips that pulled nice and tight to make them nice and thin like string or yarn.

That weird shaped stack of bowls got a simple confetti colored tie …


… while the box got a quick wrap and easy knots around the corners.


Easy. Fast. Done.

So give rag ribbon a try.

I bet you could pull together a quick shabby-chic wrap for your next party using fabric you already have on hand AND in colors that match the gift inside.

Because us women care about stuff like that.


Happy wrapping and stash-bustifying!


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10 thoughts on “Rock What Ya Got: Recycled Rag Ribbon”

  1. Nike, that's just awesome! I love it and I'm not crafty at all, but I totally think I could do this! I love you great step by step instructions and pictures on everything. I was wondering, I know it's probably obvious to many, but what's a rotary cutter? Can I just use plain old scissors? Not sure how to picture what that looks like. Thanks! -Rachel

  2. @Rachel Hill,
    A rotary cutter is simply a round blade attached to a handle that can cut through fabric very quickly. {}. They're used a lot in quilting and sewing projects and are great for making long, straight cuts. But yes, regular scissors work just fine.

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