This is what is called a Champion Braid or some people call it a Texas Braid. This one is fairly simple, just tedious. The best thing I can tell you is to be patient. These things take a little time to make and if you rush through it they turn out poorly. Also PRACTICE!! Most of my braids took me making them over and over and over before they started to look right :-)
to make an 18" braid you will need:
- 3 - 18" pieces of #3 ribbon (I used navy for this)
- 1 - 90" piece of #3 ribbon (I used white for this)
to make a 36" braid you will need:
- 3 - 36" pieces of #3 ribbon
- 1 - 5 yard piece of #3 ribbon
Lets get started.................
First take your three ribbons and put them all next to each other side by side.
Now take the white piece and starting at one side, weave it through the 3 pieces. Then tape the loose starting end down as well.
Now, on the right side we are going to take that white ribbon and fold under and down - FLAT up against that outside navy ribbon on the right side. Make sure you crease the ribbon really well.
So now we take the white ribbon (note that the navy ribbons will not be moving - it is the white ribbon that will weave back and forth). Take the white ribbon and fold it over and to the left and weave over and under the navy ribbons opposite of how you wove them on the line above (in this case it was over the first and last navy ribbons and under the middle navy ribbon).
Do this on the left side now. Fold white ribbon under and straight down flush against the outside navy ribbon.
Then fold over and to the right - weaving through navy ribbon each time you go across.
Repeat back and forth - white ribbon - fold under and down, then over and across other ribbons until you get to the bottom. Once at the bottom staple across it and cut off any excess. Go back and staple the top also so it won't unravel. Then decorate with whatever you like!! **Added Tip - I sometimes use a ribbon iron (or regular iron on lowest setting - just BE CAREFUL) to go over the points to make them nice and super creased.
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