- An easy fix to tidy up ribbons is to raid your stationary draw for bull dog clips to hold large ribbons and paper-clips to hold small. For small pieces of paper roll up and secure with an elastic band store with the ribbons on a tray or in a basket. If you have a lot of ribbons on spools you can use a wire coat hanger – use padded pliers to unravel, and then thread spools on to hanger. Re Close gently and hang in a closet. For rolls of paper, store in a clean waste paper basket or any tall container, Store in same closet. If you have any pieces of material that are not big enough to use for dressmaking or soft furnishings take the time now to sew up the sides to make gift bags to use later.