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Create Your Own Brads With Ribbon

Entry #19 from our Calling All Bloggers Challenge was sent to us by Lisa Warren:

Create your own coordinating brads using May Arts Ribbon!

I love using coordinating embellishments on my layouts, and May Arts ribbons are perfect for creating your own brads! The width of the 1.5” ribbon makes it ideal to create small and medium covered brads using the i-top tool by Imaginisce.  For my project, I have used May Arts 1.5” Grosgrain/Diagonal Stripes ribbon in lime green (product code: 336-15-46).

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To create your own ribbon covered brads, follow these simple steps.


Step 1:  Using the template provided for the brads, trim a piece of ribbon to size. You will need to cut the notches too so that you end up with a smooth end result.

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Step 2: Layer the ribbon between the brad head and tool, and squeeze together.  Press the pieces firmly into place so that all sit inside the guide. You may need to moisten the ribbon a little to manipulate it.

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Step 3:  Insert the brad back into the i-top tool and line up with the fabric top. Squeeze the tool together gently to join the top to the bottom. When it is firmly fixed, you will feel it clamp in place.

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Step 4: Gently roll back the pink guard and pop out your brad! Its now ready to use on your next project.

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Here’s the end result. I have made two brads to use at either end of the ribbon strip. I have tied a big, beautiful bow to add to the middle. The bow has been fixed in place with foam tape, and glue dots to hold the bow ends in place.

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For a more masculine version, replace the bow with a short length of ribbon tied in a simple knot.

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For this layout I have used May Arts 1.5” Grosgrain/White Ovals in Orange (product code: 331-28)

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There you have it…a simple embellishment that will coordinate beautifully with your next project! Enjoy creating your own brads with May Arts ribbons.


  1. Anne-Marie Cox

    I like it… I LIKE IT ALOT!

    I think I NEED an i-top tool! 😉

  2. Kim A

    Awesome layouts Lisa and a great technique

  3. sandra staples

    what a great idea..might have to get myself one of those tools..and the ribbon is so pretty, need some of that for sure.

  4. Tanya S

    Gorgeous way to coordinate – and use up scraps… well done!

  5. Tam Buckley

    Now I can have brads in the colours I choose!

  6. Lynn

    A new way to use up those snipped off scraps of ribbon. Fantastic…thanks for the idea!

  7. judean

    what a great idea–and love the look!


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