November 16, 2008

Bow making

Okay, I'm going to try and demonstrate how to make a bow. The ribbon I am using is not very good for it because it's hard and papery. I prefer the softer ribbon, it's easier to fluff. This will give you the general idea though.

You start out by fan folding your ribbon back and forth. The length can be however long you want. The longer your ribbon, the more poof you will have in your bow. The bigger the folds, the larger your bow will be.

You should end of with something like this.
Now you are going to fold it over in a U shape.

Trim the top of your fold.

It should end up something like this. An "A" shape at the top of your fold.

Unfold the ribbon, but don't lose your grasp on it because you want it to stay together. The middle should look like the above.

I used a staple to secure the center of my bow. Last year I had clear twist ties and they worked much better. I forgot where I placed them, so for the time being I'll just use a staple.

Now you just want to pull your bow apart and fan it out. It would normally be fluffy, but because I am using old crappy ribbon today it's stiff. It still works though.

You should end of with a pretty bow at the end! It's a lot of fun and something a little personal you can do for your gifts. Just remember the ribbon makes ALL the difference! Happy bow making!!!


Suzanne said...

Thanks for the tutorial!!

Charity said...


a boy a girl and a pug said...

I'm loving that bow. Thanks so much for sharing it...I'm going to have to try that.

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the tutorial!!