Archive for January 9th, 2009

*MY* Ribbon Purse

It’s called a ribbon purse.  I saw something like this while browsing online and decided I could easily make my own.  Of course, I wanted to try it RIGHT NOW.  Luckily for me I found this plastic purse in my daughter’s room and was able to borrow the Big Bite from a friend.  I almost forgot to take a before picture so you can see here that I have already prepped the purse by using a permanent marker to mark where I wanted to punch my holes.

It was a bit tricky to punch near the bottom of the purse but with a little twisting I got the job accomplished.  If you try this I would suggest planning a break because my hand was sore when I was finished from holding the Big Bite (not because it’s hard to punch but because I was holding it upright with the purse wrapped around and underneath it).  Next was the really fun part of stringing all my ribbons through the holes.  I used the 1/8 size hole punch and I like that size.  Most of my ribbons are 3/8 inch wide and they are snug so they won’t fall out but it’s still easy enough to pull them through.  if the majority of your ribbon is over 1/2 inch I would suggest using the 3/16 hole.  I would recommend to start stringing them in the bottom of the purse first and let them hang out until you are finished filling all the holes.  Like this:

Next stuff all the ribbons in the purse and zip it up.  Here is the finished product:

         

This tiny purse holds A LOT of ribbon!  I emptied a large jar and a drawer.  It’s great because it will hang on a doorknob, like my closet so now I have my ribbons out in the open where I can see them and they are more likely to get used rather than forgotten.

Side note: I saw the actual ribbon purse in my local scrapbooking store yesterday by Your Pictured Memories.  I didn’t look at the price but it came empty so I’m sure that it was much more reasonable than the one I saw online.  It is bigger than I thought and if my little homemade one holds all that it does I can’t imagine the amount you could put in this one.  I am tempted to go back and check the price and get it!