I had some great ideas for my first ribbon 'make' which were firmly put to one side once I read a post on a lovely blog I stumbled across called Strawberry Patch. Emily was looking for people who could sew to make 'wiggly' bags for children in hospital. Wiggly bags are used to hold the hickman lines that many children have if they are in hospital for a long time. The hickman line is a tube which is inserted into the chest so that chemotherapy drugs can be given or blood taken. Emily is making and collecting Wiggly bags on behalf of The Olivia Holmes Foundation. They can be made using tape or ribbon so I immediately thought that this would be a fantastic way of putting some of my beautiful new ribbons to very good use. (If using ribbon please make sure that it is soft and not scratchy as the wiggly bags may be against a child's skin - the ribbons I used are fabulous quality and very soft to touch).
Wiggly bags are needed for both boys and girls and for all ages of children so I looked for a range of different fabrics to use. I used the very easy to follow tutorial on Emily's blog. They didn't take long at all. I also did some French seams for the first time!
I started with an owl fabric which matched this beautiful blue grosgrain stitched ribbon
I thought this shoe and handbag fabric might suit an older girl. Its finished off with a gorgeous purple grosgrain ribbon.
I love this fabric featuring cute little animals and the grey gingham ribbon matches perfectly.
The top ribbon ties go around the neck and the side ties around the chest.
I couldn't resist making a last minute one with this mad frog fabric and some pale green gingham ribbon.
A lovely to thing to make for my first ribbon project. Emily is asking for other people to join in too. If you can't sew or don't have time to make one you can always donate fabric or ribbon instead. Have a look at her blog for more details.
I also couldn't resist using some of my Taffeta wired ribbon to finish off the wrapping on Izzy's teachers leaving present. We wrapped it in sellophane but it needed something to finish it off. This was actually really hard. I spent ages trying to get the bow right! Think I need some gift wrapping lessons. I was quicker making the wiggly bags!!
I'm now a little bit obsessed with ribbon and look at what I stumbled upon tonight that is most definitely going on my Christmas List. A gorgeous ribbon holder from Baxter & Snow made out of a recycled wine crate. Two of my favourite things - Ribbon and Wine!