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#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:33:14 PM(UTC)
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cut a zillion pieces of ribbon, about 4" long. The ribbon is 1/8th".

It's not mine, so I don't want to waste any, but I don't have hours and hours to cut this stuff. I know I'm not the first person to do this, so I'm looking for help form someone who's done this before.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:06:34 PM(UTC)
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I would cut a piece of chip board/cereal box the length you want the ribbon then wrap the ribbon around it and cut at each end. Haven't done it with ribbon but have use this method when making pom-poms with yarn.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:54:01 PM(UTC)
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That's an excellent idea; but, you may want to be careful doing this if the measurement has to be EXACTLY 4". If it does have to be exact, I would use something very hard (like a credit card, if it's the right length) that gives you a really sharp corner as you wrap the ribbon around and only wrap it a few times to keep the measurements exact.

Or, have you done this before, Friend958, and maybe you know it will work flawlessly?

Another thing you might do is pencil the 4" every yard or so on your ribbon on the underside, unless it will show, to cut in that spot more quickly than having to measure along for each cut.

I do think Friend958 does have a very good idea, though.

If you care to share.....why do you need a gazillion 4" cuts of ribbon? That sounds like a very major undertaking!! Sounds to me like you're going to make a Crazy Quilt! LOL.

Char

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:23:38 PM(UTC)
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It's time for our annual memorial service at our hospice, and the invitations are vellum over cardstock. We've found a punch we like , and are attaching the vellum to the cardstock with little pieces of ribbon... about 4" long.

We are sending over 500 this year, and I need two pieces of ribbon for each invite.

Seems I never do any papercrafting but it's production work... a gazillion of one thing, over and over!

both these suggestions will help, but the ends of the ribbon have to be - gasp - slanted, or they won't go through the holes... and that's important!
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#5 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:54:17 PM(UTC)
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Wow, that is a lot of cutting!

Is it possible to use a "slimmer" ribbon that would go through without a slant?



Good luck,

Diania
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#6 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 3:41:56 PM(UTC)
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Using the technique mentioned by Friend958, you could cut at a slant...just make sure you make a similar angle cut at the opposite end so all the ribbons are the same length while having slanted ends.

forgot to mention...you may want to put a rubberband around perpendicular to the way the ribbon is wrapped to assure it won't shift as you make the cuts---hope that makes sense BigGrin

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#7 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:40:22 PM(UTC)
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I have another thought. You know those cutting things people use on their fabric to get a really clean cut....sorry, I don't know the correct term. They're the rotary cutters? Well, I wonder if you would do all your folds (maybe twenty or thirty) back and forth leaving about 1/8" longer on each end (this would waste 1/4" of every cut you make)and pin them so they stay put at each end; then, take one of those rotary cutters to slice off that 1/8" on each end. Then, at the same time, you could make your slant?

Kind of crazy, huh? Or, would Joann's help you with those cuts and/or let you use their rotary cutters? That's even more crazy. Maybe they would have a good thought to help you out with your problem.

Char
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#8 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:05:02 PM(UTC)
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I would hire some older child to cut the ribbon they can always use the money and you won't have get cramps in your fingers or flat butt sitting that long. lol LOL LOL LOL

Melody
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#9 Posted : Friday, October 18, 2013 7:55:10 AM(UTC)
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There's a ribbon cutter that also seals the ends to keep it from fraying!

http://store.scrapbookin...Q7AodRyAAXg#.UmFLrnBOOSo
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