This is a good time to try it on, and determine how much you need to gather the ribbon, around the shrug. I used straight pins to stick the ribbon end, where I want them to stay. I used the sewing machine to run back and forth, over the point where the ribbon comes out of the shrug casing. I did this because I didn’t want a mile long piece of ribbon hanging down from the shrug. This way I could cut the ribbon to the length that I wanted it. So, cut your ribbon to the length you want it.