Threading My Big, Fat Ribbon in a Small Round Hole

  OR… Unruly Twine Through a Bunch of Holes!

Necessity may be the mother of invention. But for me, creative solutions are often born from desperation.

Problem – albeit a happy one: So many chalk cloth banners to make and ship, so few hours in the day.

I needed a quick way to thread jute cord through the grommets of a stack of banners waiting to ship. Think, think, think … my mother would use a little wire needle threader. What I needed was one of those on steroids! Or perhaps a giant needle with a crazy huge cyclops-ic eye. Desperation was setting in – time to flex my creative problem solving muscle.Banner Threading Trio
Yep, that’s any ordinary twist tie. Fold it in half and twist ends. Then feed the ends into the grommet or hole. Trash bag size twist ties will easily handle a whole stack of banners (well, in my case) or perhaps a whole stack of scrap book pages for you.Banner Threading Trio 2

Feed a couple of inches of your twine-yarn-ribbon through the loop of your twist tie – your new indispensable mega threader. Pull through the hole. As you pull, the twist tie will collapse around the twine holding it tight. Then proceed to the next hole, and the next and the next.

And not just for stacks of banners waiting for jute twine. I use this same “invention” to thread crazy wide ribbon through impossibly small holes.

IMG_2581_2So here’s the Houdini Act in progress:

Red dot Ribbon Threading 4I now use this every single day. Who would have thought that all I needed was a twist tie from the kitchen “junk drawer” to simplify my life?

Keep this tip handy if you have some of my banners or labels. Next time you want to hang them, just head to your kitchen junk drawer for the perfect aid. And yes, this will come in handy in so many other creative pursuits.


5 Responses to “Threading My Big, Fat Ribbon in a Small Round Hole”

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  1. Alison says:

    Brilliant!! What a resourceful way to solve this problem!

  2. Fran Symes says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I was struggling to thread small holed beads onto ribbon, your tip worked perfectly and saved me many hours work.

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