Fabric ribbon can be wrapped around dowel rods and baked in the oven for 25 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. The ribbon can also be soaked in water and sprayed with starch before cooking to form more permanent curls.
It takes only a few steps in order to curl ribbon in the oven.
- Prepare the ribbon
- Cook the ribbon
- Finish the ends
Cut the ribbon to the desired length and wrap tightly around the dowel rod. The more tightly the ribbon is wound, the tighter the finished curls. Secure the ends of the ribbon to the dowel rod with the wood clothespins.
Preheat the oven to 275 F. Place the ribbon wrapped dowel rods on flat cooking sheets covered in aluminum foil. Heat the ribbon in the oven for 25 minutes. Keep an eye on it to ensure that it does not scorch.
Remove the ribbon from the oven and allow to cool enough to touch. Gently, unclip the clothespins and pull the ribbon from the dowel rods. The ribbon should remain tightly coiled with plenty of bounce. Check the ends for any fraying. If they are frayed, use a daub of clear nail polish to seal. Synthetic fabric can also be sealed by quickly passing a lit flame over the ends. It melts the ends together. The ribbon is now ready to use in craft projects.