What Do Pink Ribbons Symbolize?


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Pink ribbons symbolize breast cancer awareness. The ribbons show support for breast cancer survivors, for the fight against breast cancer and to memorialize its victims. People may wear the ribbons at any time of year, but they commonly do so during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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To make a pink ribbon, use a strip of pink ribbon that is 3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. Cut each ribbon end at an angle. Lay the ribbon horizontally with the short edge on top.

Holding it down at its midpoint, fold over the left end so it crosses the midpoint and points slightly downward. The fold can be a curved loop or a crisp fold. Fold the right end the same way, so that the ribbon sides meet about half an inch below the fold. Pin the meeting point from behind to hold it in place.

A couple of stitches with some pink thread can hold the ribbon together, or the pin can both hold the ribbon and attach it to clothing.

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