Valentine’s Inspiration with Ribbons

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I wouldn’t admit this to just anyone, but one of the central inspirations for this blog was a trip to a ribbon factory outlet with my mother-in-law 3 years ago.  This particular ribbon factory, Berwick Offray, located in Hagerstown, Maryland and one of the largest in the nation, is, essentially, a blank space filled with tubs, and tubs, and tubs of thousands of ribbons of all colors, sizes, and textures.  And not only is it a ribbon factory, but it’s also an outlet–so nearly all of the ribbons are priced between $0.10-$4.

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My reaction to witnessing these tubs of ribbons organized by colors and in various patterns, sheers/sheens, wires, and holiday-themes was pure ectasy.

My observation of my own unbridled happiness at (1) being in the presence of all of those ribbons and (2) taking a dozen photos of the ribbons on my phone (I later went back with my DSLR) scared me, then amused me, then scared me again.  Why was I so excited by ribbons and photographing them?  (After all, I didn’t sew, I didn’t craft, and I spent my days in a black, blue, or grey pantsuit at a desk.) What, oh what, could I do with all. these. ribbons. Why had I never been ribbon-shopping before?


Shortly after that trip, this blog was born and, since then, I seem to have found endless uses for my vast ribbon supply, which my mother-in-law usually picks up for me seasonally.  I go through anywhere from 2-7 rolls of ribbon for 1 of my banners.  I’ve hung ribbons on chandeliers, wrapped them around vases, threaded them thru and around cards, and I am pleased to say they comprise an entire box in my crafting room.  Ironically, I rarely ever use my ribbons for wrapping presents.  Perhaps my favorite use for all my ribbons is tying ribbon upon ribbon.  Ahhhhh, bliss.

valentineThese particular ribbons, photographed in this post, my mother-in-law recently picked up for me for a slew of Valentine’s projects that are in the works, including a hot-air balloon-themed baby shower that I’m styling, some “I Love You Because” Valentine’s Day cards that I’m making, the Valentine’s banner and card-making class I’m teaching, and, of course, to replenish my consistently well-stocked ribbon box.


As an example of the range of ribbons Berwick Offray offers, my mother-in-law found these adorable footprint and “It’s a Girl!” ribbons for the upcoming hot-air balloon baby shower.  Aren’t they divine?


Wishing you your own Valentine’s Inspiration with Ribbons.

Signing off,

No longer ashamed by my ribbon fetish.



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January 27, 2014 - 5:10 am

Serena @ Thrift Diving - Okay, Hagerstown is my hometown and I go at least once a month. HOW could I not have heard of this ribbon factory?! Have I been living under a ROCK?? LOL Love the ribbon you chose! Lately I have been addicted to ribbons, too! Those baby shoes with ribbon are ADORABLE.

Serena @ Thrift Diving

January 27, 2014 - 6:48 am

Rachel - What a lovely collection of ribbon you have. I especially liked the different ways you display them. You have given me a few ideas!

January 27, 2014 - 11:13 am

Dude Mom - I’m rarely inspired by things I have to make with my hands that also won’t go in my belly, because I’m just not cool like that. But, I love all of your photos!

January 27, 2014 - 12:50 pm

gaellebythesea - If you were not creative then, you certainly are now. lovely pictures and contents and one of my favourite posts from you. I would go weak at the knees if I had a factory like this on my doorstep! I guess it is the array of textures, colours, the choice and the sheer wholesomeness of it, it gets you!
There are lots of wrapping ideas with ribbon that may change your mind on Pinterest! smiles

January 27, 2014 - 12:55 pm Support - Thanks Gaelle, I appreciate your feedback and you’re right, I probably should get around to wrapping.

January 27, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Tina Ashburn - If I found a ribbon factory like this, I would have died and gone to heaven! I spend hours and hours making bows for our floral arrangements and gift baskets. I don’t mind telling you the price of ribbon is very high, and a place like this would make me one very happy camper! Do you know if they have an online catalog? WOW! You made my day sharing this with me today.

January 27, 2014 - 1:35 pm Support - Tina, most of the ribbon are less than a dollar, it’s incredible!

January 27, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Kungphoo - That is some collection of ribbons.. mt wife and mother in law used to go shopping like this all the time..

January 27, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Deanna Heiliger - These ribbons are beautiful, and I think I would feel the same way as you. I would buy them because they are beautiful and have so much potential. I’m glad the ribbons brought out the creativity in you!

January 27, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Tina Ashburn - WOW! I “liked” their facebook page, but I don’t see a website. Do you know if they have one?

January 27, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Jeff Brand - You are extremely creative with finding many uses of these ribbons.

January 27, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Stephanie Clopton - I not only love love the way you display and use all these beautiful ribbons, but is that a wall in your home with those antique mirrors? I’d love to see an image of that entire wall!

January 27, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Marjory Johnson - I think I should get some and stream across my office for some Valentine’s festivities!

January 27, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Jim Striegel - Very nice post about the usage of these holiday ribbons. How do you store them all?

January 27, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Sue - Gorgeous pictures of ribbon! Makes me want to make something! Maybe I will make a wreath! I have wanted to do that for quite some time now. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!

January 27, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Roslyn - how wonderful to have this talent . you should teach classes

January 27, 2014 - 5:01 pm

luzivone - They all look so beautiful and help to Brighten Our Lives!

January 27, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Kelly - I love all the fabulous colors!

January 27, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Diana Foree - Oh my goodness. Ribbon Heaven! It would be like Christmas shopping there. Lovely!

January 27, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Meli Horowitz - There’s something about ribbon that I find so appealing. Just the thought of going to a ribbon factory brings a big smile to my face. I’d probably want to buy a piece of everything I see!

January 27, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Deborah - I only seem to use ribbons for presents during Christmas season. You’ve given me ideas for other ribbon uses. My 6-year old granddaughter loves crafts and ribbons. I’ll have to make something with her.

January 27, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Scott - Great tips with Valentine’s day coming…..gotta use some of these ideas to make something for my wife! Thanks!!!

January 27, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Teresa - Beautiful ribbons. I love pink:)

January 27, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families - This is a cute idea. In fact, it would make perfect decor for a baby shower too.

January 28, 2014 - 1:22 am

casavilorainteriors - Wow! I am loving these ribbons and al the wonderful things you can do with them. I wish there was a ribbon superstore here where I live. We get along fine enough with Michael’s

January 28, 2014 - 2:21 am

Yvonne Brown - It is incredible where we get our inspiration from! I am a sucker for some good ribbon too!

Yvonne B.

January 28, 2014 - 2:26 am

casavilorainteriors - Those little baby shoes are so adorable too!

January 28, 2014 - 4:40 am

Tom's Foodie Blog - I didn’t know there was a whole ribbon sub-culture out there. I actually liked the broad ribbon with the heart silhouettes.

January 28, 2014 - 5:44 am

Barbara Loraine - While you have found many creative ways to enjoy your ribbons, I suspect you will find many, many more.

January 28, 2014 - 5:46 am

Daniele Holmberg - Those are some gorgeous ribbons! What gorgeous decor for a baby shower:)

January 28, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Jennifer Clay - That is some really pretty ribbons. I like the wrapping a vase in ribbon idea.

January 28, 2014 - 8:41 pm

jo casey - Those ribbons are gorgeous – your photographs are always so beautiful – you’ve got a great eye.

January 29, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Denise Patton - Wow … I just love ribbons … what a great write up and some gorgeous images xxx

January 29, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Marilyn - Loving those ribbons, I love the unique ones you don’t see anywhere else.

January 30, 2014 - 3:53 am

Ana Maria Batista Verrusio - I love ribbons. I collect them because I sew, knit and crochet. However, I have never seen a ribbon like the white one with the cut-outs. It’s gorgeous. I would use it in a quilt with a very colorful fabric underneath…so the color shows up like a windowpane.
There used to be an Offray place in Chester, NJ. I think it was only offices, it was not open to the public. I guess they must have merged with Berwick.

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