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How to Make Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

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Written by Dawn Herrera

It is sad how cancer has become a great menace all over the world. In the US alone, an approximate of 268,600 of invasive breast cancer cases are estimated to be diagnosed in 2019. Such huge numbers require intensive awareness about breast cancer. So, how do you go about with such an initiative? Well, this has been a bone of contention over time, which cannot make one ignore the idea on how to make breast cancer awareness ribbon.

The idea might seem insignificant, but it goes a long way in selling out the message about breast cancer awareness. Typically, the ribbon is usually pink in color, which makes it unique compared with other ribbons used in other types of consciousness. Making one is not as hard as you would expect, and everyone willing to try can do it without too much hassle. Here is a detailed approach on making the breast cancer awareness ribbon of your choice.

Requirements for Making the Ribbon

Before moving too far, it is essential to know what you need to handle this process. You need simple supplies to make the ribbon which includes:


• A pink ribbon preferably that is enough to meet your needs
• A ruler
• Scissors or craft knife depending on your desire
• Pins or string and a needle

At this point, you can proceed to make the ribbon. Remember, you need to be careful while using the craft knife or scissors to avoid harming yourself.

Step 1: Choose the Material for Your Ribbons


You have to be economic-minded if you want to create a breast cancer awareness ribbon. Furthermore, you only have to use the ribbons once and dispose then off. Therefore, the last thing you expect to do is waste a lot of money buying an expensive ribbon that will not have a reasonable ROI. You can choose to use card stock if you intend to make large and many ribbons. The essence of selecting paper stock for large awareness ribbons is their stiffness, which makes them maintain their shape even after making them.

Step 2: Measure the Ribbons to the Desired Length


Your decision of the size depends on the needs that you have at hand. However, the standard size used in most ribbons is ¼ inch thick. With this length, you can choose between a 2.5X and 3X length compared with the length of the complete ribbon.

Step 3: Cut the Ribbon


Once you have marked the measurements of your ribbon, you need to start cutting them to the right size. You can decide to use the craft knife or the scissors depending on what feels to be comfortable. Ensure that the cuts meet the desired perfection by using a ruler to trace along the marks. It is recommendable to leave a small allowance that you will use to adjust the ribbon to the desired size once you check whether it matches your expectations.

Step 4: Fold the Ribbon


Hold one end of the ribbon and cross it over the other to leave an eye in the middle. The ribbon should make a figure 8 that seems without the lower end. Check whether both ends are even before you choose to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Pin the Ribbon in the Middle


You need to pin the ribbon at the position where both halves meet to maintain its shape. You can choose to pin the halves using pins or sew it if you find it to be much easier. If you prefer sewing, you should use a pink thread to conceal the thread with the ribbon’s pink color.

Step 6: Display the Ribbon


The step might seem insignificant, but it is worth mentioning all the same. The main idea behind making the ribbon is to give awareness about breast cancer. The best position to set the ribbon is on your left upper chest area, where everyone can see.

It is your sole responsibility to sensitize people over the spread and risks of breast cancer. However, you need to acquaint yourself with relevant information about such menace to be resourceful enough despite the kind of awareness you put up. All the same, breast cancer awareness ribbons are remarkable in sensitizing people and can be much effective if used in large masses.

About the author

Dawn Herrera

Dawn is an extremely passionate ribbon designer and blogger. She's written hoards of articles on the importance of using ribbons to raise the awareness of deadly diseases all around us.