How do I repurpose horse show award ribbons?
Been carrying around boxes of them for decades, hate to throw them away and would like to honor them in some way. I'm not looking for more "stuff" so I am hoping to find practical and useful things I can create with them, not decorative like wall hangings or putting them in a display case like I've seen often. Picture on the right shows a typical intact award ribbon, left side of the ruler shows the elements deconstructed. Multiple colors, varying sizes on the flat ribbons usually 6-10" long. Each award has a middle ribbon with metallic writing and two or more side ribbons that are solid colors. I have at least 200 of them, plenty of material to create many things, and I'm able to sew at a beginner level.
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In corporate them into colorful Quilt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwJxslxzPlE and a wreath out of the rosettes https://www.google.com/search?q=what+can+I+make+out+of+blue+ribbon+rosettes+for+horse+shows&safe=active&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CfRv5xS8Z2f3IjgJ_1SFsERw-2KH8rAGmUOXdEbXF2CSYckJApUAeqL09mVN3JAkaSdKPVagkPNBGVPniHAplrfoTUSoSCQn9IWwRHD7YEZWylQDXnFJKKhIJofysAaZQ5d0RyYi5H56pW2kqEgkRtcXYJJhyQhG8cqdkvUX23ioSCUClQB6ovT2ZEckh1PKczfZoKhIJU3ckCRpJ0o8Rdh-49s23LAEqEglVqCQ80EZU-RHGqzaUcb6xdyoSCeIcCmWt-hNREYB1cauPLEVE&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjNmPOZ2K_hAhVqHzQIHWMTC8UQ9C96BAgBEBs&biw=1366&bih=657&dpr=1 --Congratulations on all of them My daughter rode for many years on the Hunter-Jumper & Dressage circuits here are some more ideas https://www.pinterest.com/sworcest/horse-ribbon-display/
You could use them to decorate Lampshades that have had there day! Make flower pictures with them Velcro them onto cushions or curtains, whole or deconstructed. Make Bookmarks or sew together straight bits and make a fabric you can cut up to make anything you fancy. Make a Hat! Make a Garland or string type curtain with pleated circles. Enjoy the process..........
They are so lovely and a real shame not to display in some way or even use them. Here are some ideas for you.
Wow, congratulations. I'd think of working them into a quilt.
I would make a festive summer/ or fourth of July tablecloth. Not decor where it is up all the time!!!! Practical, useful, and festive for a holiday. However, you would have to expect it might get dirty and be ok with it. It would be out getting use instead of in a drawer. Just an idea. Love the other ideas as well...wreaths, quilts, garlands!!! Good luck!
If you're handy with a sewing machine, you might consider using the ribbons to make a quilt or patchwork blanket. You could sew them together to create a unique and colorful pattern that would be both functional and sentimental. Plus, a cozy blanket is always a useful thing to have around! If you need to measure the ribbons for your projects, you can always use a cm ruler to get precise measurements. The online ruler at ruler.onl is a great tool for this - it's easy to use and accurate, so you can get the measurements you need without having to dig through your toolbox.
Why not donate them to group like 4H or FFA they can reuse the rosette and than add a new piece that hangs down with info on it like the type of game or activity it was for.