So, there are these wrist ribbons at school now. Actually, they belong to the gen-ed preschool class that we mainstream with, but they are terribly popular with my afternoon class of Little People. Almost every day there is some conversation/clamoring/squabbling about them, with the most attention of all focused on the purple ones. (Coincidentally, out of my 11 students, the only two girls I have are in my afternoon class. And while I have seen boys wearing the wrist ribbons, none of my personal morning class boys have paid them much mind. However, the two afternoon girls love the ribbons…)
Sadly, the number of purple wrist ribbons has sadly (and mysteriously) dwindled even these first few weeks of school, and at this time there is just one purple wrist ribbon available. So, I decided to humor the Wrist Ribbon Lovers and make some more.
My first thought was that I could just make some identical to the ones from Lakeshore.. (Actually, my first thought was to buy some more, but I dismissed that quickly because – you know – I’m cheap that way.) Then I started thinking about how to replicate the Lakeshore ones. They look like this:
I bought a roll of wide purple ribbon for the wrist band, and a roll of thinner ribbon for the streamers. I even got to the point of sewing the long ribbon wristband together….
…and then I figured out that sewing it this way sewed the streamers into the inside of the wristband. But before I started all over, thought – surely there’s a better way.
So instead I went to the Dollar Tree and bought this pack of hair bands (although I should have bought two so I would have an even number of each color):
I took six thin ribbons (each 18″ long) and sewed them together at one end:
At this point, you will either want to zigzag the ribbon edges well (as I did not-so-attractively here)…
…or you can squirt on some fray check.
Next, place your hairband at the end of the sewn ribbons:
Fold the sewn edge over, and pin as so:
Next you want to sew across the ribbon below the hairband, being careful to not catch the hairband in the sewing. Sewing the ribbons onto the band will mess with the elasticity of the band.
Once you have sewn across it, you will want to also use fray check on the loose ends of the ribbons so they don’t fray.
And voila! Now you have super-inexpensive and easy to make wrist ribbons.
But wait, you may say. What about just gluing the ribbons instead? As I was making these I, too considered that it might be just as easy to glue the ribbons. But alas, it is not, for several reasons.
First of all, if you glue the ribbons, you want to put glue between each layer of ribbon wherever you are gluing. For example, once you get to this stage shown below, you want to be sure and glue all the ribbons together at the point shown in the picture.
Also, making these with glue is just kind of messy. I tried making the wrist ribbons both with hot glue (ouch) and tacky glue, and I by far liked the sewing method best.
**Wrist Ribbon Update - There’s an Even Easier Way**
It was not until I was all done with the sewn wrist ribbons when it occurred to me that there was an even simpler way to make them. First, you need to double the length of each ribbon streamer, and cut half as many. (Instead of cutting six 18″ ribbons, cut three 36″ ribbons). Double each ribbon, and feed the midpoint of the three ribbons through the hairband. In the picture below I just fed one ribbon through for clarity:
Then feed the opposite ends of the ribbons through the open loop that you see in the middle of the hairband. Pull the ends through, tighten up, and there you have it – the most simple wrist ribbons of all.
Granted, the knots might loosen up and need to be tightened from time to time – but they’re as easy to make as they get – and they’re cheap, too.