How to Make Mourning Badge Ribbons
Law enforcement officers and firefighters usually wear a black ribbon over the badge during the death of a comrade. They are also worn at annual memorial services. They are very easy and quick to make. Badges vary in size, but I’ve found that the bands I make fit almost any badge I’ve seen. To make mourning bands, I use 3/4-inch black, non-winding elastic. Other elastic may be used and width may vary. However, I’ve found that 3/4-inch generally looks best in front of the badge. Cut elastic strips 2-1/4 inches long. With right sides together, sew the edges into a 3/8-inch seam. Twist and the bar is complete. These strips will extend to approximately 3 inches in length. Different sizes of strips can be made by changing the length of the strips.
To reduce the hassle of sewing small strips of elastic like this, use a needle designed for knits. Make sure you start stitching from the edge with your threads towards the back of your work. Backstitch both at the beginning and end of the seam.
These simple strips mean a lot to law enforcement and firefighters. It is an outward sign of their grief and also provides a way to honor the one who has died. You may not be an accomplished seamstress, but this is a great project even for a beginner. It is also possible to sew them by hand with a few backstitches. However, machine sewing is faster and provides a more secure band.
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