I wanted to share two ways I color rayon seam binding – I bought the 100 yard roll of white seam binding on etsy so I could customize the color using my own inks and dyes (if you're not into dyeing, it does come in a bunch of other solid colors, too). I use about 2-1/2″ feet of ribbon for a triple bow.
For the first method of coloring, I swipe my inkpad(s) directly onto the ribbon, then spritz the ribbon with water and squish it around in my hand several times until the colors blend the way I like. While the ribbon is still damp, I tie it and shape it, then let it dry. It will stay in the same form that you give it when it’s damp. I've used chalk inks on this piece, but you could use any other ink that's water soluble with this method.
After I have the color and coverage that I want, I spritz the ribbon with rubbing alcohol until the colors blend.
I usually give it a good squish with my hand - you can probably tell that wearing gloves would be a good idea for this step!Here's my final product. The colors will fade slightly (but again, that could be from them bleeding onto my hand...?!) The alcohol stiffens the ribbon a little, which helps it hold its shape.Here's the card where I used this ribbon:You can read about it HERE.
Seam binding ribbon can also be colored using dye ink mists… I also like to drip several drops of reinker into a wet sink, then drop the ribbon into them until the colors look blended. I tend to like a variegated look, rather than a solid color. With 100 yards in a roll… there’s plenty of ribbon to experiment with!