Holiday Project Tutorial: Making Wired Ribbon with your Serger

Have you been enjoying our Saturday Sewing Tutorials? We hope so! Today’s tutorial is to make wired ribbon on your serger, which will wrap up all kinds of presents and scrap-bust at the same time!! So grab your leftover strips of cotton, ribbon and tulle, and I’ll meet you in the sewing room 🙂

The items that you will need for today’s tutorial are the following:

Strips of quilting cotton (I cut mine at 1.5″, and you’ll need 2)

Strips of tulle or other lightweight fabrics like chiffon or organza (My strips are 3″ wide and you need 2 of them)

Grosgrain or Satin ribbon (at least 1m in length, at least 1″ wide)

Decorative threads for your serger

26 Gauge Beading wire and wire snips

Terial Magic and Artistic Tack spray

Cording Foot B (you can do this without the cording foot, but it’s way easier with it!)

Serger (I’m using the Janome AirThread 2000D)

Other basic supplies for cutting and pressing your fabrics

Step 1: Prepare your fabrics and ribbons. You can cut any size strips that you want for this project. I did find that about 1.5″ was the smallest that worked for me, because then I could finish the edges of this ribbon to be 1″. The tulle I cut at 3″, and I used a wide grosgrain ribbon that is 3″ wide, similar to the width used for a cheerleading bow. This is also the point at which I sprayed my tulle with Terial Magic, so that it could dry before I needed it. When your tulle is dry, fold and press it about 2/3 over.

Step 2: Install the Cording Foot B on your serger (if you are using it) and thread your machine with matching threads. You will want to use the left needle, and your rolled hem settings. Don’t forget to lower your serger knife as well.

Here’s a quick little tip about serging with decorative threads: You can sandwich a smaller spool of embroidery thread using your spool caps so that the thread does not become wrapped around the spool pin as you are serging.

Step 3: Insert the beading wire into the hole in the front of the foot, and chain about an 1″ of stitches.

Step 4: Place the fabric or ribbon under the foot, and complete your rolled hem on top of the wire.

Step 5: Admire your beautiful ribbons!

Polyester Tulle with Embroidery Thread Rolled Hem
Grosgrain Ribbon with Rolled Hem
Quilting Cotton ribbon with 2 Thread AeroFlock Rolled Hem

All that’s left to do now is to tie up your gorgeous ribbons in to floofy Pinterest-worthy bows, perfect for home decor and more!

Multi-looped Bow
Elegant Looped Bow
Sailor Bow

I know it’s really hard to visualize all these different steps, so I’m sure you will be ecstatic to know that I have recorded a video that details all of these different steps! You can find it here, on our Janome Life YouTube channel. Make sure you tag us on Instagram with your finished bows so we can ooh and ahh over them too!

Until next time,


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