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How to Make Dance Ribbons for Praise Dancers

Praise dance may be choreographed or impromptu.

Praise dance is dance that gives praise to the Lord. Many Christian faiths encourage dance as a form of worship, as the Bible associates dance with expressions of praise. For instance, Psalm 150:4 says, “Praise him with tambourine and dance.” Praise dance often incorporates ribbons and streamers. Make your own ribbons for praise dance by hemming fabric and attaching it to a dowel rod.

Cut fabric to desired length for the ribbon. Cut 3 to 4 yards of fabric for a child dancer; cut 6 yards for an adult dancer. Cut the fabric to 10 inches in width.

Hem all four sides of the fabric to prevent fraying. Fold the fabric along each side by approximately ¼ inch. Pin the folds. Stitch by hand or with a sewing machine, removing pins as you stitch.

Drill a 1/8-inch drill bit through one end of the dowel rod. Attach a split ring to the dowel rod by hooking it through this hole.

Taper one short end of the fabric to a point to attach to the dowel rod. To taper one end, apply four eyelets along a short end using eyelet setting pliers. Apply the eyelets at 2, 4, 6 and 8 inches of the now 9 1/2-inch wide fabric.

Open the split ring and place the ring through each of the eyelets. This will gather the fabric together at the top of the baton. Close the split ring. Hold the dowel ring at the other end to use for dance routines.

Tip

Use stiff, crisp fabric, such as taffeta, for ribbons.

About the Author

Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.