Tuesday, May 22, 2012

High Chair Ribbon Skirt: Birthday Fun!

Learn how to make an easy ribbon skirt for the high chair - fun for birthdays!

My baby turned one last month and you better believe I threw a fun party for him! My husband says, "Why go through all the trouble to do all this when he won't remember it?" Well sir, I will remember it and when he looks back at pictures he will see how loved he is. :)

Because I have a little boy, I couldn't put him in a cute bow and frilly tutu so I thought I would jazz up his high chair as part of his celebration. I knew he would have tons of pictures taken of him blowing out his candle (or trying to touch it) and eating his first cake (okay probably his 20th piece of cake... he's my second.)

This High Chair Ribbon Skirt is SO easy to make and I really think it adds some fun to the party. If you'd like to see how I made it, check out the tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.

And definitely check out their ribbon selection. They have great prices and TONS of ribbon choices. I decided to stick with dots since I had a giraffe theme, but really your possibilities are endless.

Here are some pictures of the little guy.
Happy in the high chair ribbon skirt!
 High chair ribbon skirt perfect for birthdays!

Thanks for stopping by!

See where I linked up HERE.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Ribbon Retreat is Accepting Tutorials!

This is GREAT NEWS! I am copying and pasting from The Ribbon Retreat Blog. You can view this exact post on their blog by clicking HERE.


We have an exciting announcement for The Ribbon Retreat Blog!

We love offering great tutorials for our customers and readers
and would love to have you as a contributor!

We are searching for high quality tutorials on bows, crafts, sewing projects, and so much more! If we have the products for a project you have in mind, then we'd love a tutorial!

Here are the details:

You will submit a form with your project idea, example of your work and tutorials, and if it looks like a good fit and the quality is what we are looking for, you will be approved!

Then we will send you any supplies needed to complete your
project that are available at The Ribbon Retreat.

When the tutorial is available, it will be posted on The Ribbon Retreat Blog along with your name and your blog name if you have one.

The Ribbon Retreat Blog has

204,797 Page Views in January 2012
181,053 Unique Page Views in January 2012
20,766 Facebook Fans
2,156 Blog Email Subscribers
984 Twitter Followers
758 Pinterest Followers

All tutorials will also go on our Free Tutorials page on our main website.
In January our Free Tutorials page got 63,829 pageviews, of which 50,683 were unique pageviews.

We will feature the tutorial in our newsletter for two weeks.
Our newsletter is sent to over 65,000 people.

One week after your tutorial publishes on The Ribbon Retreat Blog, you are welcome to publish the tutorial on your own blog, along with where you got your supplies of course!  We'd also love if it is mentioned that the tutorial was a guest post on our blog as well. :)

We will have around two tutorial spots a week.

If you have questions, leave a comment in this post (others may have the same questions.) You can also email me at shirley@theribbonretreat.com.

We are so excited to open the blog up to other contributors and
see what beautiful creations can be made with our products!

Click the link to submit a project.

Thank you!

The Ribbon Retreat Team


Wonderful news, huh??

If you have awesome tutorials, great photos, and are super creative, check it out! It's not just sewing either! The variety of projects is awesome!

Check out The Ribbon Retreat Blog, which is getting a facelift soon from 733 Designs, so exciting! And make sure to say hello! 

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out my Link Parties tab and visit all the wonderful hosts and their fabulous link parties!

Embellished Burp Cloths


I know these are the easiest baby shower gifts ever, and I just love them! 

Cute fabrics + useful burp cloths = AMAZING GIFTS!

Just in case you're not sure how to make them, I've posted a tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog

They have everything you need to pretty up these cloth diapers with fabric, ribbon, ric rac, and so much more. 

I had two baby showers this weekend so I made tons! 

Definitely remember these for your next baby shower.
Everyone Oohed and Ahhed about how cute they were when all I did was some straight stitching. So easy!

And check out these super cute ones I did for the Baby Girl baby shower!




These are so fun! You can dress them up in a ton of different ways.
The possibilities are endless!

If you haven't made your own before, get started!

And remember to check out The Ribbon Retreat for an awesome selection of beautiful fabrics, ribbon, ric rac and so much more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out where I link up on my Link Parties tab!! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Organize Your Fabric

I love looking at my fabric!
But it didn't used to be that way...

Does any one else's fabric collection look like this?

When I would look for one piece of fabric, I usually had to dig through a few boxes and make a mess in the process. And these boxes had been "neat" before, but let's just say getting the fabric to the box instead of the craft table is an accomplishment. :)

For my sanity, I needed better organization and found this wonderful idea using foam posterboards. Not only is the organization neat, but it doubles as beautiful decoration. Designer fabric needs to be displayed instead of hiding in a box!

Now I can view all of my fabric easily and take out
the one that I need without disturbing the organization.
I LOVE it!

Wanna see how I did it?
Check out the tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog!

Remember a wonderful place to buy designer fabric is  

They carry a wonderful selection and have new collections 
coming in almost weekly!

Plus, make sure to sign up for the newsletter to find out when the fabric sales are.

Have fun organizing!


See where I link up on my link parties tab!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fabric Heart Decor


I love the line Chemistry by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda and had to frame it somehow.

The hearts were obviously my #1 choice, but you can do words such as LOVE, XOXO, KISS, and so much more!

I also cut out hearts and sprinkled them across my piano top.
It definitely brings in the Valentine's spirit. :)

The tutorial can be found on The Ribbon Retreat Blog!


Thanks for stopping by!
See where I linked up on my Link Parties tab. :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Arise and Shine Forth Printable

The 2012 Mutual Theme for the youth of the LDS church is 
Arise and Shine Forth.

“Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (D&C 115:5).

I made up a printable for our Young Women and gave them out for our New Beginnings. I wanted to share it with you in case you were interested.

I've never done printables before, so if someone wants one, just let me know in a comment and I can email you, or tell me how to get it on here to be a printable. I assume you can just save it, but who knows really! :)

I also have different sizes and some without the white border. Let me know if you are interested and I will get them on here too. I'd love to help if I can. 


See where I link up on my Link Parties tab.

Monday, January 23, 2012

How To Make A Bow Board


There are a few different ways to make a bow board.

This is one of the easiest ways, and I love how the frame turns your bows into art!

As you might know, I don’t have any girls.
So sad considering making bows is a stress reliever. :)

The Ribbon Retreat has a Youtube Channel
coming soon with lots of video tutorials.
Exciting, yes?! 

Well, this bow board was made for those videos. 

Maybe someday they will hold the bows of a little girl.
For now, they will hold bows for decoration. :)

Have you been needing to make one for your little princess?
Here is your chance! You will see just how easy these are.

The complete tutorial is up over on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.

Make sure to check out their quality RIBBON 
and beautiful DESIGNER FABRICS to make your own.


 Check out where I link up on my Link Parties tab!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine's Day Wrapped Ribbon Wreath


After I put away my Christmas decorations, my house feels so empty!
I am so glad Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I have something to fill all that space with. 

This Valentine's Day Wrapped Ribbon Wreath is the first project on my list of fun Valentine's Day decor. And I can't wait to show you the rest too!

If you're looking for a quick and easy wreath to do, this is it! 
Check out the tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog!



See where I linked up on my Link Parties tab!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Minky Tag Ball


I made most of the baby's presents for Christmas 
and this was one of them!

The Ribbon Retreat has lots of fun ribbon and when I saw this Football Ribbon, I knew I needed to do something with it. 

My baby boy loves it and loved playing with all the tags. 
And the minky fabric is so soft, he can snuggle it too!

See the tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog!

Click my Link Parties tab to see where I linked up!

Fabric Backdrop

 I took these fun pics of my kiddos using beautiful designer fabric from The Ribbon Retreat as a fun backdrop.  


I love to take pictures of my kids! I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I like to dress up the normal picture every once in awhile and fabric is a great way to do that. I also find taking pictures of my kids to be a great way to spend quality time with them. 


I have a tutorial on how to use a fabric backdrop and also how to take and edit the pictures with a point and shoot camera. Anyone can have professional looking pictures! 

Check out my Fabric Backdrop Tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog!


See where I linked up on my Link Party tab!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Link Party at The Ribbon Retreat


I know how much you all love Link Parties!

We have one once a month over on The Ribbon Retreat Blog. 

Our theme this month is Anything Goes!

Our only requirement is that your submissions are made with products you can buy at TRR, such as ribbon, fabric, tulle, etc. We carry tons of stuff, so really this only limits the wood and paint type of projects. :)

We have three prizes so if you have something that you think will fit and you want to show it off, head on over to The Ribbon Retreat Blog's January Link Party!