Ribbon and Yarn Wrapped Mats

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Ribbon and Yarn Wrapped Mats

I thought I’d do a couple quick craft tutorials today for ribbon and yarn wrapped mats. They’re two really quick, simple projects. Each one only took me a few minutes. For both projects, all you need is a picture frame mat, ribbon or yarn in any color(s) you choose, tape, and glue.

For the first project, all I did was cut a few pieces of ribbon long enough to wrap around the front of my mat. I taped one end to the back of my mat then wrapped it around the front and secured the other end to the back. You could do this in a symmetrical pattern or an asymmetrical pattern. Keep the ribbon parallel to the edges or place it at angles. Experiment to find what you like best. When you’re done, you can glue the ends down if you like. I didn’t because I wanted the option to change the ribbons around in the future.

View of Back

View of Back

View of Front

View of Front

For the next project, I used yarn. You’ll need to keep the yarn on the skein so you won’t run out. Tape the end of the yarn to the outside edge of the back of your mat. Then just start wrapping until you reach the inside edge.

yarn1

When you’re finished with one side, tape the end to the back and cut the yarn off the skein. Then start on a side adjacent to the one you just finished. Again, start on the outside and wrap until you reach the inside. Tape it on the back and cut the yarn. Repeat on the third side (the side adjacent to the last one you did and opposite of the first). Don’t put any sort of adhesive on the front side of the mat. You won’t be able to wrap the last side if you do.

You cannot do the last side with the yarn on the skein. So you first need to cut a piece of yarn that will be long enough to wrap the whole side. To do this, quickly wrap the yarn around the uncovered portion of the mat (don’t tape it, yet) until you’re confident you have enough. Then cut the yarn so you’ll have a very long piece. Pull it off the mat, then tape the end on the back on the outside edge of the mat. Wrap it around the front, over the top of the bottom rows of yarn and then weave it underneath the top rows of yarn. It should look like this:

Notice how the single strand of yarn is going over the horizontal the strands at the bottom of the mat and under the strands at the top of the mat.

Notice how the single strand of yarn is going over the horizontal the strands at the bottom of the mat and under the strands at the top of the mat.

Continue wrapping your yarn, weaving it under the same side, until your whole mat is covered. Once everything is covered, you can tack the yarn down with glue.

Here are a couple variations:

For this one, I wrapped both of the long sides first, then wrapped the short sides with the yarn going vertically.

wrap2

For this one, I wrapped the horizontal sides first, then wrapped the vertical sides. Don’t worry about doing any of the weaving.

wrap3

And there you have some really quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to transform a mat.

wrap1

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>