Monday, March 21, 2011

Ribbon Outlet

On Friday I went to the ribbon outlet. Yes, there is such a thing. The last time I went I was pregnant with Sawyer.

They've changed things around in the past 4 1/2 years. They no longer sell ribbon by the (generous) yard. They only sell it by the spool now.

I went in for some brown ribbon. I couldn't decide between satin and grosgrain. Then, I saw some gray (satin and grosgrain) and decided I needed some of that, too. I mean, how could I resist? Especially when I saw the prices ...


$1.25 per spool. Four spools of gray (light and dark) and two spools of brown. My total bill was less than $8. And the spools are huge!

Anyone have suggestions for ribbon crafts? I'm thinking about ribbon flowers, although none of the ribbon I bought has wire. Oh, and some belts.

13 comments:

Amy said...

Oh my goodness, do they have Ribbon Outlets in the Midwest? I couldn't resist those prices either!! The one thing that comes to my mind for ribbons right now are those taggy toys for babies. And hair bows! have fun!!

Laurie said...

I wove some ribbon and then cut out hearts for an applique quilt. They look great.

Laurie said...

I'd love to weave some for a pillow; it would cost too much if I was paying retail though.

christy said...

i still have some left from when we went way back when. I have mostly used it to embellish things like as a trim for pillowcases or dresses or skirts or as gift wrap.

SilverLining Designs said...

Lera, that is an insane price for those spools. I am so jealous. How were you so good and only buy 6 spools. If it was me I would have been out of control.

I use ribbon for a lot of different things. Here's one example:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22317930@N02/2949627549/

lisa said...

Wowza! I don't know, but I love the pallet!

Anonymous said...

I saw a tutorial from Melissa on www.polkadotchair.com for a be-ribboned skirt and coordinating shirt. very cute!

FinnyKnits said...

I'm proud of the restraint you showed. For $1.25, I would have a whole closet of ribbon spools right now.

Terrifying. I think I'm glad there's not one nearby. That I'm aware of anyway.

:)

LK said...

That's an incredible deal! Good for you! I have no idea what to make of it, but I have seen one blogger who uses the wide grosgrain for the facing of waistbands.

Letty said...

Incredible prices!! Can you pls post the address?
thanks in advance :)
Leticia

lera said...

The addresses are listed here: http://www.berwickindustries.com/about/index.cfm?fuseaction=ViewOutlet

donkaloosa said...

I wish I lived near the ribbon outlet! I make and donate ribbons for dog shows, and ribbon at regular stores is expensive.

Anonymous said...

there is a french magazine that had a small bench which had a woven ribbon seat. It was fantastic. a friend of mine found an old metal stool in a thrift shop and made her own seat using mismatched ribbons. gorgeous! Marie Claire Idee is the magazine. comes out 3-4 times a year. i think they now have a web site. there instructions are sometimes complicated, and i speak french. but just for the inspiration it's worth finding it.