Every good crafter knows that there are some things that are essential to his/her toolbox. Most crafters have a variety of scissors, glue guns, beads, and other materials. No toolbox is complete; however, without at least one spool of grosgrain ribbon.

Grosgrain ribbon is one of the most versatile items a crafter can work with. It is made in a wide variety of widths, colors and patterns. Commonly made from nylon or silk, and tightly woven, it holds up to whatever a crafter throws at it. This ribbon is most commonly used as a trim, but it does not have to be. There are a wide variety of ways to decorate, trim, or create with it.

Besides being versatile, grosgrain ribbon is a widely accessible material. Most craft stores carry it, as well as fabric stores. Depending on the store, it can be purchased either by the yard or by the spool. Most internet craft stores also carry it, but in the case of these stores, one would have to buy it by the spool.

Scrapbookers use this sturdy, pliable ribbon to trim pages as well as decorate scrapbooks on the covers. Crocheters like to take a very narrow gauge ribbon and crochet with it. This ribbon can edge a picture frame, or decorate a flower pot for a loved one. Because of its versatility, it can also be used to make a decorative border on a little girl's dress up table.

Decorating a home on a tight budget? Grosgrain ribbon is excellent for that purpose. It can be used with fabric to wrap around a pedestal sink or inexpensive night table. It can also be used in making message boards, edging curtains, or decorating other window treatments. Although it is most commonly used in projects with feminine appeal, the variety of colors and patterns allow for use in more masculine spaces as well.

Grosgrain ribbon is an essential part of any crafter's toolbox. With its variety of colors and patterns, ease of use, and durability, you'll want to keep spools of it on hand to coordinate with and spice up all kinds of projects in your crafting endeavors!