I first met Kristin at a boutique last fall.
She amazes me with each and every thing she makes
and I can't visit her blog without learning something new.
I want pretty much one (or many) of each item in her shop as well.

I asked her to share this brilliant tutorial that will help bring a bit of organization into your craft space.  I know my current ribbon system isn't working and I can't wait to have it finally under control.

I have so much ribbon for making the bows and clips I sell that I was having a seriously hard time figuring out where to store it all and how to keep it organized. I have seen a few different ribbon organizing boxes and storage systems at Joanns, Walmart, etc. but I was never convinced that they would take up less room or work very well. Then I saw an idea on some blog about wrapping ribbon around clothes pins, securing them with a pin and storing them in clear boxes or jars. Instantly I was sold and set out to buy the goods and start unraveling.

This is what my ribbon looked like before I implemented this new organizing solution. Messy, tangled and CRAZY!

And after. Neat, clean, organized.

Scroll down for instructions on how to organize your ribbon too!

Materials: Wooden Doll Pins (I got mine at Joanns and Michaels) and small glass head sewing pins (can find at Walmart or any craft store in the sewing section)

Step 1: Insert one end of the ribbon in the slit of the clothes pin

Step 2: Wrap the ribbon around the base of the clothes pin so it comes over the little piece of ribbon you just inserted. This will keep the ribbon from unraveling so make sure it is nice and tight

Step 3: Start wrapping the ribbon down the length of the clothes pin at an angle. Try to keep the distance between each wrap equal so the ribbon will lay flat and be distributed equally.Once you reach the end of the clothes pin...

Step 4: Turn the clothes pin over and continue to wrap the ribbon down the length of the clothes pin at an opposing angle. Try to make sure the ribbon is wrapped fairly tight so it won't come off the clothes pin when in storage.

Step 5: Keep wrapping..and wrapping the ribbon up and down the length of the clothes pin until you have gone through your entire length of ribbon

Step 6: Secure the end of the ribbon with a glass sewing pin and admire your work!

Now put your newly spooled ribbon into clear boxes or jars (I organized mine by color) and label so you can easily find what you need when you need it.

So much better! And it takes up SOOO much less room! 
Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions :)

Thanks Kristin!

After you finish organizing your ribbon, 
visit her blog and leave some comment love,
and look for a giveaway from her shop in
the next few weeks.


  1. What a great idea! Now if I only had someone to actually come do the organizing part for me I would be set!!

  2. Great idea!!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  3. oh I did this last week. It took awhile, but I love it. I placed mine in a glass storage bin!

    Also, I only did mine on the ribbon that was scrap, still long pieces, but weren't on a spool any more!

  4. I love the efficiency of it! Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. I agree- usually it doesn't look like it will save room or help but this is a great idea and just when I needed it! Thank you!

  6. I was just in Joanns tonight trying to find something to tame my ribbon obsession. This is a GREAT idea!!

  7. Great idea, I can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing! Love Kristen's blog/shop too!

  8. Oh yeah I just did this with mine, and put them in a wire basket... LOVE it...

  9. I did this with my scrap ribbons and placed them in a glass jar. I also place my spools on a pants hanger and hang them in the closet.

  10. ok, i'm totally going to do this!!!!

  11. I've seen this before and I think it's a great idea. Another storage idea that works great (in fact, we use), is something my dad got at Home Depot. He bought a plastic rain gutter and attached that to the wall right by our craft table. It's pretty neat! =)

  12. You always have the best ideas!!! Have super awesome weekend chicky!!
    ~Molly P

  13. Love this - so cute!
    I've been organizing my crafting stash recently too and I wound up all my ribbon spools, pinned the ends in place and filled a photo storage box with the spools. I just put them in standing upright so I can see all the ribbon.
    Luckily my ribbons all fit into 1 box, but the ribbon-obsessed could use more than one if need be. :-)

  14. What a great tip! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  15. Too cool!!

    I'm not sure if it's just me or not, but I have a really hard time reading the black text over the blue & white background. I wasn't sure if its just my computer getting a weird layout or if you changed it recently.

  16. I love it...thanks for the idea! :)

  17. I just organized all my ribbon like this recently. Great way to tame the ribbon beast. Now what about the rest of the crafty madness???? LOL

  18. Oh...I saw the felt mail on your blog (Kristin). I was totally admiring that on etsy the other day :)

  19. What a great idea! I just stuff all my small loose ribbon in a bin.....it is SO tangled!

  20. Wow this is such a great idea!! Thanks you for this posting. I have lot's of ribbon as well but takes up too much space in my storage boxes so I will be doing the same!

  21. THANK YOU!!!! Ive been making bows for 8 months now and i have a TON of ribbon and had no idea to store my ribbon. thank you so much for this!

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