Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tool Time Tuesday...Ribbon Iron

Hi everyone! Sometimes the "tools" for Tool Time come from the craziest places. Today's tool is one of my hair gadgets. I saw this in a magazine a long time ago and wanted to share the idea with you.

My daughters have the super duper expensive hair straighteners, because they flatten their hair on a regular basis. I bought a cheap one a few years ago when I straightened my hair every now and then.  I just let it flip up naturally now...less work for me!!

So, this is where my unused hair straightener is now...on my glue gun table. Click HERE if you missed that post...lots of tips and tricks.

This straightener is great as a mini iron!!

ribbon iron


These little things can get hot, so it has it's own silicone pad to protect my table.

ribbon iron

They are great for small ironing jobs like ribbon, seam binding, strips of fabric or anything that's been stored away and comes out of the box all wrinkled.

Here's the "before" wrinkled ribbon.

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Just sandwich the ribbon between the hot plates of the hair straightener and pull slowly through until smooth and flat. Keep the ribbon moving though. You may have to go over it twice if you go too fast.

ribbon iron

 Here are the "afters". Smooth and quickly ironed.

ribbon iron

Some hair straighteners have a high and low setting, but I used mine on high. It's a cheap one remember, so test yours first before ruining your ribbon.

ribbon iron

Done!!

ribbon iron

I hope you find this a great little addition to your crafting arsenal...anything that makes our lives easier!!

Have a great day,
~Karen~

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22 comments:

  1. Fantastic idea! Just pinned it to share, and so I don't forget! Seems like it would work to press pressa quick been when sewing too.

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  2. Wow, would never have thought of that one! I've burned my fingers many times trying to iron ribbon so will definitely give this a try!

    Thanks for sharing, love the blog x

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  3. Hey! That's a great idea! My old straightener doesn't get real hot, it was enough for most of my hair but the very ends wouldn't ever get straight, so I replaced it, but I still have it. Great use for it!

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  4. That's genius! Mine is a lot thicker but may work anyway.

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  5. Never thought of it! Now I know how I can use my old hair straightener! ;)

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    1. Sorry ipad changing words! Also good when you've ironed on stabiliser and then later realise you've a loose edge...

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  7. Great idea, much remember this
    Judy

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  8. You always come up with the most clever ideas! This one is a winner.

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  9. I don't have a straightener as I always had the opposite problem :). But a smooth curling iron is also great for ironing ribbon and all those other little pesky things.

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  10. I keep an curling iron that I bought just for ribbon ironing....handy tool!

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  11. I'll have to share that with my daughter. She straightens her hair all the time. It would do me no good to straighten mine. It would just curl right back up as soon as I step out the door in this southern humidity. Lol

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  12. Very clever. I do not use mine any longer for my hair ! Merci from France.
    Anne

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  13. Great tip! I have a large and small version of these hair 'irons'. I'll have to give it a try!

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  14. I've heard of using hair irons to quickly and easily iron shirt collars before. I should have realized that it would be great for ribbons and straps too!

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  15. I also used my curling iron and straightener to iron ribbons, laces and other things, are great tools!!

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  16. I, too, have my old flat iron with my sewing supplies! I use it to press open seams on smaller projects and press folds into ribbon for "taggy blankets". It's also great for those pesky collars on my husband's golf shirts and the forever wrinkly cuffs on the bottom of my favorite jean capris!

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  17. Wow! This would come in so handy for bias binding as well! :o

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  18. I'm so glad to see using a flat iron to bind ribbons together works! I've been toying with the idea for making headbands. Thanks!

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