Vintage Modern - Ribbon Belts


  • Vintage belt buckles, brooches and earrings (such as mother of pearl)
  • Brocade ribbons (Dove of the East)
  • Silver findings (Jewelry Essentials): toggle clasps; jump rings, 7mm; ribbon clamps
  • Heat Set Crystal Stones (Crystal Elegance)


  • Liquid Fusion Adhesive (Duncan Enterprises)
  • Creative Jewel Tool (Walnut Hollow)
  • FrayBlock (June Tailor)
  • Button thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Pin backs
  • Pliers

Basic Supplies

large paper clip or small clamp


Ribbon Belts

  • 1. Cut one length of ribbon to fit around waist, adding 8". If needed, machine or hand stitch two ribbon lengths together to form one longer length.
  • 2. Apply fray block to ribbon ends; let dry.
  • 3. Use decorative-edge scissors to trim one end of ribbon.
  • 4. Place straight ribbon end through belt buckle, loop around to wrong side, and secure with Liquid Fusion. Hold ribbon together with paper clip or small clamp until dry.
  • 5. Adhere stones to buckle. Follow manufacturer's instructions to heat set stones, if desired.

Pin Variation

  • 1. Cut 12" length from ribbon. Apply Fray Block to ribbon ends.
  • 2. Gather one long side of ribbon edges with button thread. Pull gathers tight and knot. Trim thread.
  • 3. Pin or adhere jewelry onto gathered ribbon with Liquid Fusion.
  • 4. Adhere or hand sew pin closure to back of ribbon.

Ribbon Bracelets

  • 1. Cut ribbon to fit comfortably around wrist.
  • 2. Gather short end of each ribbon 1/8" from edge with button thread. Gently pull gathers tight; knot.
  • 3. Place gathered end of ribbon into ribbon clamp. Use pliers to secure ribbon inside clamp. Repeat with remaining ribbon end.
  • 4. Open jump rings and attach to toggle clasps at each end of ribbon clamp. (Note: Add more jump rings for length and ease of fastening clasp, if needed.)
  • 5. Use pliers to remove back from vintage earrings or pin clasp from brooch. Center and adhere jewelry to ribbon bracelet with Liquid Fusion. Clamp earring in place until dry.

Jewelry Tips

  • 1. Don't pass up vintage pieces that are missing stones. Start a stash of stones from other sets and use them to replace the missing or "dead" stones.
  • 2. Soak pieces in jewelry cleaner and gently brush away any dirt or grime.
  • 3. Orphaned earrings make great embellishments. Clip them onto a ribbon for a simple headband.
by Rebekah Meier
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