Pleated Ribbon Brooch

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December 14, 2017

Pleated Ribbon Brooch - two finished pleated ribbon bowsThis ribbon brooch looks really classy. You can alter the look by changing the width and length of the ribbon, by adding or subtracting the number of ribbon pieces you use and by choosing ribbons of different colours and patterns.


You can also use it on a hairband, hair clip, or a corsage, or as a gift bow.


  • one inch wide ribbon
  • ruler or tape measure
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • fabric glue
  • small piece of narrow ribbon or braid
  • 1 brooch pin
Pleated Ribbon Brooch


  1. Cut 6 lengths of one inch wide ribbon about 4.5 to 5 inches long.
  2. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - cut 6 pieces of ribbon
  3. Cut a v in each end of each ribbon.
  4. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - cut a v in both ends of each piece of ribbon
  5. Fold one of the ribbons in half lengthways and catch the sides together with a central stitch.
  6. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - fold one piece together lengthwise and stitch

  7. Repeat this with all of the pieces.
  8. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - repeat with all pieces
  9. Arrange the ribbons together.
  10. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - arrange the ribbons together
  11. Sew them together with a back stitch.
  12. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - sew them together with a back stitch
  13. Cut a short length of narrow braid or ribbon.
  14. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - short length of narrow braid next to bow
  15. Apply fabric glue to the centre of the ribbons.
  16. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - apply fabric glue to the center of the ribbons

  17. Wrap the braid around the centre and either hold in place until it has stuck, or secure with a little stitch.
  18. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - ribbon or braid in place as seen from front
  19. Sew and/or glue the pin to the back.
  20. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - attach pin back
  21. Cut another tiny piece of ribbon.
  22. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - cut a tiny piece of ribbon
  23. With a little dab of glue use this piece of ribbon to neaten the back and hide any stitching.
  24. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - glue to backside to neaten it up and hide stitches

  25. Experiment with different types of ribbon.
  26. Pleated Ribbon Brooch - experiment with various types and colors of ribbon
  27. You can make different styles and colours to match different outfits. You can also make a matching set by using them on hair clips, handbag charms or on a wrist band as a corsage.
  28. Pleated Ribbon Brooch
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