I really needed to come up with a way to store them and for years just kept them in a jumbled mess in a zip locked bag. Bits of satin, lengths of organdy, ric rac rickety racked and lace so tied in knots, I wasn't sure what the pattern was anymore. So I came up with a plan-thanks to Costco.
I snipped off the alphabet letters at the top of each index divider so that it was flat across the top for me to wind each ribbon on. I tried to divide all my ribbons by season event or holiday. Hence I have fallish looking ribbons on one card and Valentines Day ones on another. I am able to fit between three and four complete covered index dividers in each photo case. I wind up to three yards of each ribbon-giving any extra to others or trading with them-and I fasten it with a quilting pin.
Here are some of the cases so you can see my themes. Fourth of July, feminine valentines and very summer oranges. The case itself will hold up to 36 photo cases and each individual case holds three to four index cards filled with related colors. I had thought about cutting off the top of each case to better expose the colors but as you can see, you can very much discern the colors thru the opaque cases. Each case is also labeled on one side for how I think they would be used. Baby, Halloween, Wedding, Easter, etc. I have a few I haven't quite pigeon holed yet. I did turn all the cases upside down so you can see the colors. The labels came with the cases by the way.
Here is a closeup of the Fourth of July case. I actually have two of them but this one was the most varied in texture and color. I am constantly adding to my collection and have started and half filled a second one of these cases. They are sold at Costco in the Office supply section for 22.00, while the case by itself is 30.00 at Micheal's. Cropper Hopper are some of the best organizers on the market . The only other organizers I use are Iris Carts-also from Costco. I have bought extra locking trays for the carts at Micheal's when I can't figure out what to do with my coupon each week. I use those cases for clothing, storing just about anything. My goal this year is to get organized and I am on my way.
ETA-April 2010. I am now into my third case for ribbon and fibers. One thing I am not longer doing is using the photo cases inside the larger holder. I have them slipped easily in and out of the slots inside the large holder. Still by theme or color, I am promising myself I am on my last ribbon case for sure as Costco no longer has them locally. I also plan on giving away some of the extra ribbon I own, as I now only save 3 yards max of any color or texture. Watch for a giveaway sometime in the summer of 2010.