Curled lengths of ribbon are used for everything from hair clips to gift embellishments. No matter how you plan to use them, you do not have to search for ready-made varieties. Even if they were readily available, you would not find them in every color and design imaginable. For truly unique finished items that will coordinate with your projects, it is best to make your own. Use one of these easy ways to curl fabric ribbon, and give your crafts and decorations unique designer appeal. You will not believe how easy it is to create perfect coils, spirals and swirls.
Use a Curling Iron
Curling irons are good for more than just styling hair. It is a good idea to keep one on hand just for craft purposes. It can be used to quickly iron out wrinkles in fabric and paper, and it will work to beautifully curl ribbon that can withstand high temperatures. Slightly dampen the ribbon before wrapping it around the barrel of the curling iron, and leave it in place for about five seconds or until the fabric stops steaming. You will end up with a perfect ringlet, and it will indefinitely remain curled.
Apply Spray Starch
Heat is not required to curl fabric ribbon, especially synthetic varieties that could ripple or burn. Consider using spray starch. Wrap a length of ribbon around a pencil, a dowel rod, a broom handle or something similar. Secure both ends to whatever mold you choose using tiny pieces of masking tape. Generously coat the fabric with spray starch. After the spray starch dries completely, remove it from the form. It will be beautifully curled and ready to use for crafting, gift embellishments and more.
If you do not have spray starch, satisfactory results can be achieved with hairspray. Attach the ribbon as directed above, and evenly coat it with a generous amount of hairspray. Let the fabric fully dry before removing it from the mold. It will turn out beautifully curled and as springy as ribbons that are already curled and available in stores. However, yours will cost a lot less, and you will have exactly what you want for your crafts and decorating projects.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience