But I made the mistake of starting with organizing my ribbon box, where I found these wee spools of pretty ribbon that I bought maybe ... 4 or 5 years ago? They were a total impulse buy at Joann's when we were holidaying in Palm Springs. I felt a little guilty that I hadn't made anything with them yet.
Next thing I knew, I was overcome with an undeniable urge to made amends ... so I whipped up this quick little zakka zippered pouch. (Finished size is about 4 1/2" x 4 3/4".)
Over my years (ok, decades) of crafting, I've learned the hard way that MOST craft ribbon does not react well to an iron. I've ruined many things that way. SO. I was very smart this time and tested the ribbon first. No melting. That's good. But that's not the only problem. Ribbon can also shrink. So I cut a 6" piece of each one and subjected them to prolonged ironing. WITH steam. They all shrank - some more than others. One piece shrunk by 3/4 of an inch.
After pre-shrinking the ribbons, I backed them with fusible web to baste them in place. Then I stitched them on linen with matching thread. By the way, is there an English word to describe this feeling I had that goes something like ... "I am so crazy happy to find perfectly matching thread for all five ribbon colours because I reeeeeeally don't want to go to the store on a Sunday afternoon because I'm still in my pjs?" If there is, that's how I felt. (I had the same feeling, although not quite as intense, when I found a zipper in my zipper bin that perfectly matched the linen. It was a good crafting day, for sure.)
A little more subtle stitching on the back.
And I thought the ribbons looked sort of rainbowy so I picked a sunshine yellow Liberty Lawn for the lining.
And then ... you know ... a bow. Why not! Just a bias cut scrap. I love how the frayed edge contrasts with the tailored ribbon.
Ok. So now I have a pretty new pouch ... but my sewing room is still messy. In my defence, I vacuumed and emptied the garbage. And yes, the ribbon box is tidy too. That's something, right?