I wanted to make a bow on the bottom of my cake and have it look like ribbon done in fondant, but the band would have to be 26 inches long for an 8 inch cake how do most of you do it. Do you roll out a huge strip and then cut it, and if so what do you use to cut it so its even, or do you just do it in sections and cover up where they meet with something. I was just having a hard time rolling what I had left 26 inches long so I gave up and just put real ribbon around the bottom.
I do it in sections, and I use the Wilton ribbon cutter to make sure the width is even. I try to position the seams toward the "back" if possible, and then try to blend the 2 sections together.
I've done it one go before...I rolled my fondant into long sausage shape before I rolled it so I knew it'd be long enough, I used a long piece of card the right width as a template for cutting. I dusted it lightly with icing sugar and rolled it up loosely. This made it easy to go round the cake without ripping.
Could you roll two strips 13" long?
It is perfectly acceptable to leave a seam in the back of the cake, and if you have a bow to cover the seam in the front, no one will know it's there.
I typically roll out a snake as well and then flatten it out. I run a pizza cutter down both sides of a yard stick. If your yardstick isn't wide enough, you can "eyeball" the other side so you get the desired width. Or like another poster suggested, cut two strips. I use one of these when making multiple strips that have to be the same width....it is a life saver!!!!
I use the Wilton roller thingy to make sure it's even. I've done both, made one long piece and done two pieces. I have to say using two pieces makes it easier to handle and covering up the ends is easy. I've also had luck blending the edges when it's still pliable.
i also use the wilton cutter thingy to with all the edges, there are different way's to make bows you might want to see a video on u-tube, i tried different way's until i found the one i liked, i do lay the loops on their side. by the way your cakes are really nice
A pasta machine is very helpful for getting fondant rolled out to a uniform thickness. Then I use a pizza wheel and a ruler, or the Wilton cutter set, or the pasta cutters .... basically whatever seems to work best at that moment!