Enjoy up to 80% off in the Jane Means 48hr Spring Sale

 

We are delighted to announce the 48hr Jane Means Spring sale with many ribbons and gift wrapping lines up to 80% off
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We’re making way for new lines and our sale will be a perfect time to stock up your gift wrapping, sewing or craft cupboard.

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Many designs are available and those of you who have a forthcoming wedding, party or event can benefit from this wonderful sale as many prices will be cheaper than wholesale.

If you are craft addicts or have a cottage industry, you can also benefit from our larger 50 and 100 metre rolls with huge discounts.

With Mothers Day around the corner, you could fill a hamper full of beautiful ribbons. This is the perfect gift for the lady who has everything, plus you can buy the tissue and tags to finish the wrapping!

Don’t forget our 48hour sale will end on Thursday at midnight

Happy Shopping!

 

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Make Ric Rac Flowers: DIY Craft Project

ric rac flower tutorial

I love the quirky look of ric rac and after lots of requests, I finally decided to stock it a couple of years ago. For me it is not an ideal ribbon choice in gift wrapping as I haven’t mastered how to tie a bow with it yet.

ric rac sets

With Valentines Day approaching I decided to try something new, and the great thing is that you can make these super cute flowers, just by using a small length of ric rac.

This was the first time I had a go at this and used approx. 80cm of trim

red ric rac copy

Ideally you will need a sewing machine, or you can hand sew instead.  You’ll also need a needle and thread.

 

With your 80cm length fold it in half in the centre

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Lay the ric rac like this and you will need to either hand stitch ot machine stitch all the way along one edge.  This will hold the 2 layers together.

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Start with the 2 rough ends (not the folded in half end) curling them very tight to form the centre of the flower.

ric rac idea

As you go along hand stitch underneath to keep the flower together (pins may help)

 

When you get to the end you may want to cover the base with a small piece of felt with a glue gun.

ric rac rose

You can them add it to a gift, headband, or piece of clothing with a safety pin

pink ric rac flower

Or how about adding it to a necklace or make it in to a funky ring?

Photo courtesy of thecraftingchicks

pastel ric rac

Photo courtesy of Craftgawker

If you have any other great uses for ric rac we would love to hear from you

Also don’t forget that I will be gift wrapping and doing lots of crafty projects live on Create on Craft TV (channel 36) on February 27th at 4pm

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Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to tie the perfect bow in gift wrapping

One of the most asked questions I get asked on our gift wrapping workshops is “How do you tie the perfect bow?”.  We all have our own way of tying a shoelace or a bow and through my experience of teaching gift wrapping, I’ve found it’s very hard to change your technique after tying the same bow all of your life

tying a bow

I did a day skipper sailing course several years ago and thought the knot tying part would be so easy.  To my horror I failed my knot exams and was all fingers and thumbs. Although I had to resit the exam, it gave me food for thought and made me realise that many people will struggle to tie the perfect bow.

 

I have seen so many ways of tying a bow and my advice is to use the same technique that you’ve used all of your life with a couple of changes that will help you enormously.  Many of us tie a loop at a time, however some will form 2 loops and tie them together (known as the bunny ears).  During my workshops I have seen many different techniques and everyone can tie the perfect bow.

the perfect bow

The ideal bow should resemble a perfect angled letter ‘X’ so it is a good idea to imagine this X and follow the outline as you are tying your bow.  The 2 loops should be at 10 and 2 o’clock and the 2 tails should sit at 8 and 4 o’clock.

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The critical point is the part just before you pull the bow tight. Take a pause and look at the outline of your bow.  This will give you a chance to re arrange the bow so the loops and tails are in the correct position. If your bow looks messy or out of proportion, if you rush ahead and pull the bow tight it will still look a mess and out of proportion.

Turquoise ribbon

Another helping hand is to choose a double sided ribbon that has the same finish on both sides. Many of my students say that tying a wired ribbon is a lot easier. If you are working with a printed ribbon like this turquoise spotty design, ensure that you twist the ribbon to the correct side as you tie your bow.

For lots more bow techniques and gift wrapping projects, grab a signed copy of my new book ‘giftwrapped

Happy bow tying!

 

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Join Jane Means at the Giftwrapped book launch

In a few weeks my new book giftwrapped will be launched to the world and going on sale worldwide.

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Many people have not wanted to wait until the end of November when it hits the shops, so I’ve had a busy couple of weeks signing copies and personally gift wrapping each one that has been ordered from our own website at Jane Means HQ.

Giftwrapped Christmas present

 

I have been overwhelmed with the orders and feedback from readers. On our first day of delivery a lady rang from Denmark to order, and the next call was someone wishing to order 6 signed copies of Giftwrapped…Incredible!

Giftwrapped book launch

Interviews, signing events and book launches are lined up in November so it’s a busy month ahead, plus we are doing our Christmas Fairs around the country, where I will be doing gift wrapping masterclasses and book signings.

giftwrapped country

 

Our book launch in London will be taking place in the fashionable Notting Hill and we are giving away 2 VIP tickets for you and a friend to attend on November 17th. We are also giving away a personally signed copy of the book to the lucky winner.  Just head over to our Facebook page with a chance to win this incredible prize that cannot be bought.

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I have loved putting together this book with many interesting and funny tales from behind the scenes. You can tune in to me chatting about my book launch to Nicola Gilroy on BBC Lincolnshire on November 19th at 2pm, as well as Gulf Radio and a few others in the pipeline.

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If you have read the book I would love to hear your comments and don’t forget you can grab a signed copy now with 10% discount.  Just enter promo code bkt14 at checkout at www.janemeans.com

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On a final note, I was recently on a new BBC1 television series called Home away from home. You will get an insight in to my personal life, bijou London home and pet hates. If you are in the UK you can view it on BBC iplayer until November 15th

 

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Creative Ribbon DIY Project: Covering a Stool

I’ve always had a love for upcycling and there’s nothing more I enjoy than doing up an old piece of furniture. Many years ago I did a furniture restoration course but sadly due to work commitments I have very little time nowadays to do these hobbies.
We have an old stool that we use for our exhibitions which you will find us perching on at the end of the day and I decided it needed some TLC
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I wanted to give it a creative finish and somehow incorporate ribbons, so I dusted down the sewing machine and got to work…
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I decided to cover the seat pad and back support using an old linen tea towel as a base and remnants of ribbon
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Firstly I unscrewed the seat pad (making sure that I didn’t lose any of the screws)
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I cut the tea towel in a slightly larger template.  I then arranged my ribbon remnants on top of it
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When I found a design that I liked, I took a photo of it (unless you pin the ribbons in place they will probably move whilst you are using the sewing machine)
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One by one I then stitched the ribbons on to the tea towel with my sewing machine, trying to keep my lines straight.
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I then unscrewed the back support and cut my tea towel into a slightly larger template
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This time to make it a bit more quirky I decided to use an alternative colour of ribbon.
I then stitched this on with the sewing machine
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To help with the covering process, I used double sided tape to keep the fabric in place
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Finally I screwed the pads back in place…and voila I have a creative ribbon stool.
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At the end of a long day on our feet, we can now perch on an elegant stool which reflects our brand and creativity.
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If you have used ribbon in any similar projects we would love to hear from you…
DIY ribbon stool
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Organising your craft room

Since a child I have loved messing around with crafts and materials and have always had a special place to store everything. Buttons in jars, paper in drawers and decorations in used boxes.

Jane Means in her studio

In my early days it was a plastic bucket that had been used for toys, Which I could easily rummage through when a good episode of Blue Peter came on

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When I bought my first home I made great use of my under stairs cupboard and soon filled it with paints, ribbons and papers. Space was tight so papers were neatly folded and stored in crates. Ribbons and embellishments were popped into baskets which were hung from the beamed ceiling.

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Over the years I have grown a business based on craft and gift wrapping. Through my work and extensive travelling, I have carried much of my craft materials away with me by the use of a rigid suitcase and gentle packing.  When I have flown to the US on holidays, every inch of my suitcase has been carefully packed so I can bring back lots of new craft materials.

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If you are lucky enough to designate a space in the home as a craft room, Here are some great storage ideas. Alternatively your craft room could be a garden shed or a designated corner of the garage or potting shed.

tissue storage

Rolls of wrapping paper can easily be stored in umbrella stands and planters. Sheets of paper and tissue can also be rolled in to scrolls and tied with string or ribbon. They look great in a pretty waste paper basket.

DIY gift wrap storage

Sheets of paper can be stored on a collapsible washing line and small pieces can easily be stored and decorate a vintage wooden ladder.  You can even make your own collapsible gift wrapping ladder using wooden poles and metal chains.

Tissue storage idea

When I buy prepacked tissue I always remove it from the packaging and roll it into scrolls. This is a great way to iron out the creases.

shelf ribbons

Rolls of ribbon can be kept in shoeboxes or baskets. For larger collections of ribbon buy an inexpensive bookcase and glue on some wooden edging to stop the ribbons from falling out (B&Q Offer a free wood cutting service and sell wood glue too). I have several of these which I take to courses around the UK and have painted them with a cream egg shell paint from Laura Ashley.

Ribbon storage box

I love to keep all remnants of ribbon and recycle wherever possible. Longer lengths can be wound around pretty wooden spools, or placed loose in a large storage jar.

ribbon remnants

Smaller ribbons can be wound around card or rigid gift tags and secured with a pin. I also love to use dollypegs, Which look very effective too.

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If you have string, raffia and twine in your collection, store the ball in a jar or used metal can (They make a tidy dispenser). Always keep bundles of loose raffia in a plastic carrier bag to avoid any mess.

gift boxes

Gift boxes are great for storing any embellishments, Loose decorations and gift tags. You then have some spares incase of a last minute gift.

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Utilise every space around you ensuring you don’t clutter your craft table. Boxes can be stored underneath and utilise your walls with plenty of shelves and hooks

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A product that I have just designed, is our brand new Ribbon storage dispenser set which holds 5 rolls of Jane Means ribbons. You simply thread through the ribbon and the dispenser box neatly stores them.

ribbon storage dispenser

To celebrate the launch, we are giving away a set to a lucky follower which includes 50 metres of ribbon and is worth £25.  Just leave a comment below and the winner will be picked at random next week.  Good luck everyone x

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Making a DIY Tissue Pom Pom

 

I have always loved these tissue pom poms and they immediately add colour and impact to a room.

They are brilliant for parties and charity events, and are easy to make in this DIY craft tutorial.

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You will need approx 8 sheets of tissue (cut square), scissors and a pre cut strip of wire…plus some time and patience

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Start folding all of the tissue layers over like a concertina, approximately 1″ wide, and continue until the whole length is pleated

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As you go along be quite firm so you have good crisp foldsJane Means pom pom 2

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When you reach the end, make sure that you use something as a paperweight so the concertina doesn’t come undone such as a pair of scissors.  Jane Means pom pom7

Add a strip of wire around the centre of the tissue.  You will need extra wire if you intend to hang it from a high ceiling or wanting it suspended to add depth.Jane Means pom pom8

Cut both ends of the tissue.  You can either cut a curve for a soft look or at an angle for a more spike effect.  As you will be cutting so many layers of tissue, it may be a good idea to do this in stages, by cutting in to 3-4 layers at a time.Jane Means pom pom9

Gently start pulling the laters of tissue apart

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Take your time as it is easy to rush this part, and you will only end up with holes and tears in the tissue

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Keep going until you have pulled all of the layers out

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You will then end up with a gorgeous tissue Pom Pom.  Make several of these and they will fill an empty room immediately

Jane Means with tissue pom pom

I will certainly be making some of these to decorate the marquee for my own wedding in September

Have a go, these are really good fun to make and it’s a great way to get the kids involved too!

Photography by Fiona Murray

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making a handy ribbon dispenser box

ribbon tidy

I’m always having trouble keeping my craft room tidy, and one thing I often struggle with is storing loose rolls of ribbon, which easily get tangled if you don’t pin them

 

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I’m going to show you a really inexpensive and neat idea for ribbon storage and show you how to make a ribbon dispenser box.  This DIY craft project will take you less than 10 minutes

cake box

 

 

You will need a box made of thin card. A good place to get these is from a cake shop or bakery, plus a ruler and hole punch (which I bought from Staples),  and a scrap piece of paper.  Calculate your measurements on your scrap paper and punch out the holes. This will ensure that your measurements are correct and you don’t punch unwanted holes straight in to the box.  Through the holes on the scrap paper, mark the cake box with pencil

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Punch the holes out of the cake box ensuring they are straight and measured correctly (Here I have done a straight line in pencil so it looks neat)

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Remove any pins from your rolls of ribbon, and one by one thread the ribbon ends through the holes. To make it easier cut your ribbon at angles

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Keep adding your ribbons until the box is full but don’t over fill it as the rolls won’t be able to rotate (your ribbons need to move easily inside the box)

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Close the box up and cut all of the ribbon ends at a slight angle (if you haven’t done so already) as this will stop them from fraying.  You could also have several boxes and colour coordinate them

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Boxes can also be stacked on top of each other in a cupboard and this makes great space saving storage.  It’s also a great way of recycling unwanted boxes, and a good way of supporting your local cake shop even if you’re on a diet!

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Making a Ribbon Lampshade

Being a ribbon designer, I am always dreaming up different ways of how to use this versatile product, and love nothing more than picking up some old junk and transforming it….with the help of ribbon!

I’ve put together this little tutorial to make this pretty pastel lampshade.  You can either leave it plain, or add some fun pom pom trim to accessorise it.

 

 

You will need your lampshade, glue and ribbon…I’ve used approximately 12 metres on this small 5″ lampshade (bear in mind you always need more than you think!).  In this project I have used our Peppermint and Pink Stripe Ribbon for the base.

 

I start off by taking all of the ribbon off the roll and stick the end inside the lampshade with glue. You may also find it helpful to leave a peg on the end for 10 minutes until the glue has dried.

 

 

You are then going to start threading the long ribbon around the base of the shade.  Make sure there is sufficient tension but don’t be too heavy handed.

 

 

Continue all the way round the shade, ensuring it doesn’t twist as you go along.  This does take some time so try and be patient!

 

 

When you have covered the whole of the shade, cut the ribbon and add a small amount of glue on the end, then pop a peg on it for 15 minutes.  You may have to do this several times if a multiple rolls of ribbon are involved.

 

 

You now have a classic looking lampshade which can easily be accessorised with brooches, feathers, buttons or trim.  For this project I going to add approx 50cm of pom pom trim to go around the base.

 

 

Add the trim with small amounts of glue, ensuring it is fairly straight around the base.  You can also add the trim to the top of the lampshade if you prefer.

 

Here’s the finished lampshade which will look fantastic in any room (including a children’s bedroom). You could do several in different colour ribbons and add them on to a chandelier… a favourite vintage look of mine.

 

 

In this project, I have used some Navy and Cream Stripe Ribbon which looks very nautical and fresh.  You can also add a zig zag of ribbon on the base as an alternative.  A small lampshade will take around 40-60 minutes to make including drying time, and is a wonderful addition to a home.

Here’s a handy little recap if you need some help on the way…………….Happy Crafting folks!…

Jane

 

 

 

 

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