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Clever Uses for Horse Show Ribbons

By January 15, 2010

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Do you have a wall full or ribbons, or a box of horse show rosettes stashed in a closet? I absolutely love the ideas for ribbon quilts Jeri Dansky has posted on her blog Jeri's Organizing & Decluttering News. I gave most of my ribbons away to be recycled at play days, but now I wish I had at least kept the printed streamers to make a quilt. No matter, Trillium is helping me collect new ribbons, so maybe it won't be long before I can put one together.

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Jeri's post has inspired me to do something creative with my  stack of Toastmasters ribbons. Rather than a sewing, I'm using a fusible no-sew product and a fabric stretching frame from Ikea to make a wall hanging. If you want to try this, be careful not to have your iron too hot as the ribbon material can scorch easily or the printing may come off. Try using a Teflon cover on your iron. (If your collection of show rosettes and ribbons is lying wrinkled in a box, you can straighten them out easily with a warm iron and they'll look crisp again--unless they have gotten wet, in which case the 'stay' may have been rinsed out of them.) Nothing could induce me to hand sew a quilt, but I might consider machine quilting. Janet Wickell Quilting Guide has some great tips to get you started if you want to use your sewing machine to make an appliqué quilt with your ribbons.

Not only can you quilt ribbons, but those T-shirts you earned by volunteering at horse events. Of, if you've got the T-shirt and the ribbons (I'm thinking of my daughter's National Pony Club Dressage Championship memorabilia and the like) buy a shadow box, use the T-shirt as the backing and add in the ribbons, and any other stuff you brought home from the event, like bridle numbers, score cards, even one of your horse's old shoes. Don't have enough shirts or ribbons for a quilt? Try making a pillow or runner.

After you've clipped the printed streamers off of your ribbons you can do as I did, and donate them to riding schools. I've noticed at least one therapeutic riding school online asking for "gently used horse show ribbons" for use as awards for their students. Pony Clubs, 4-H Clubs, local riding schools and clubs may welcome used ribbons.

Do you have a clever use for horse show ribbons? Leave your comments below!


January 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(1) Jeri Dansky says:

Katherine, I’m so glad you found my blog post to be helpful!

And I’m delighted to hear about the riding school that wants donations; that’s a new one to me!

January 21, 2010 at 8:45 am
(2) Dawn-Marie says:

What a great post, thank you! My son’s walls are covered already with rows and rows, and that was just 2 seasons, 2 seasons later we just pile them in a big storage bin. I love the idea of a quilt or wall hanging. Very creative:)
Thanks again,

January 27, 2010 at 10:46 am
(3) Katherine says:

I loved this idea too. If you create something, please send a picture!

April 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(4) Garfield says:

These are some really neat templates for award ribbons. They look easy enough to make!

May 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(5) Gail Golley says:

I hope you saw my website on Jeri’s blog! I have made a lot of fun things from ribbons–horse show ribbons, dog show, gymnastics and track, 4H sheep and pig ribbons! I also make t-shirt quilts and pillows. Have even decorated a horse cooler with show ribbons! Also, I work with a local horse show to send their unused ribbons to any therapeutic riding or small horse show venues to use. Please contact me if you need some as each year we have 15-20 boxes to give away!

August 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(6) Karen says:

I just framed my horse ribbons with GoldStandard Frames. Just found out they frame buckles, sashes and medals too.
The website is http://www.goldstandardframes.com There’s an online framing system, but they’ve also got great phone help if you’re not a designer, which I am not.
I really suggest you check them out!

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