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Make Beautiful Hand Stamped Muslin Ribbon

I love the look of hand stamped muslin ribbon ( or linen, but yikes, that can get expensive!) . It’s easy to do and can add such a nice touch to everything; It could make a nice gift too. This is such an easy and inexpensive handmade craft that adds a beautiful touch to any gift or handmade project.
Bird hand stamped muslin ribbon

Buy your fabric in the yardage you want to make, I used unbleached muslin. If you want 3 continuous yards of ribbon, buy 3 yards of fabric. You can also buy muslin  in rolls of ribbon used for waxing from a beauty supply house. It’s  a bit pricer, but it is pre-cut and makes the project much easier. You can also sew your ends of the fabric ribbon together to make longer yardage if you don’t mind the break on the fabric.
To create your hand stamped muslin ribbon, make small cuts in the short end 3 inches apart and then rip your yardage into sections going along the entire cut of fabric. I find that just ripping the fabric can be so satisfying, and therapeutic.  If you like frayed ends, leave it. I sewed a zigzag stitch along my edges because I wanted the contrast in texture.
Stamping a ribbon with a stamp and ink pad to make hand stamped muslin ribbon
I like to stamp with Distress ink. That stuff stains, does not wash out and is non-toxic. You can also use Staz-on for a darker image; but it’s not non-toxic and you have to use a special cleaner on your stamps. Stamping fabric is a great way to make fabric new and custom like these custom painted tea towels.
handmade muslin ribbon and stamp pad with a bird and distress ink
Just press and then move on down the line. You can use words, images, letters, etc. In fact, get the kids involved!
Handstamped handmade muslin ribbon


It’s so pretty all piled up.
Hand stamped ribbon on a spool
Happy stamping! 😉 If you love this project, you’ll also love how to stamp this upcycled book stamp.

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  1. I have done this before and love it. I used my muslin ribbon on gift wrapping. I just used regular ink thinking that it would not be washed. The distressed ink is a great idea.


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