Monday, December 3, 2012

Bow Making Party

Have you ever wondered how to make a fancy bow to dress up your present or holiday decoration?

Well, today we are going to learn! I was taught a year ago, and now I want all my gifts to have these darling bows.

First, pick up a spool of festive ribbon from your local craft store. Make sure the ribbon has a
wired edge.
Next, bend a section of the ribbon. I find that the size in the photo works great, but you can adjust it for smaller or larger bows.

Fold the ribbon 9 times. If the ribbon has a pattern on only one side, make sure the pattern is facing right-side-up. Then, cut it off from the remaining ribbon.

Bend the bunch of ribbon in half and cut a very small v in the middle on each side.

Use some extra wire from one edge of the remaining ribbon to twist a tight knot in between the v's. Later, you can use the wire ends to tie the bow to a package or basket. 

Starting on one side, pull out the inner-most loop, twist it clockwise, and open it up.

Repeat this step until all loops are pulled out and opened up on both sides.

And there you have created a fanciful bow to dress up any holiday gift, basket, or decor.

Happy bow making!


Vintage Jane said...

Thanks Sheri ... I will definitely give this a try and hopefully some of my pressies will have lovely bows on them now! M x

Lucy@heart and hearth said...

Thank-you so much... I was making a bow the ordinary way this morning and thought I really need to learn the fancy one!! Talk about timely!

Susie said...

Jess, You have helped many of us with this lesson, I have done the notching thing for years. With wire ribbon, it is so easy to puff the bow up. Love your musical ribbon.:):) Smiles, Susie said...

This is such a clever way to make a bow for a gift.. I will certainly remember Jess.
Thank you for sharing

Teresa said...

I love this. And I love more your music inspired ribbon.
I love wired ribbons. They make all the work more pratical and less prone to "accidents". Red and Music - what a fabulous combo.
Enjoy the Season!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THANK YOU JESS! I could never figure out how these are done!

Happy December all of you dears! Anita

It's me said...

Lovely !!!....happy first advent week

andrea@townandprairie said...

I always want to do these and justnever sit down to do it. The sheet music print makes these classic, not just for Christmas but after, too! Very pretty!

Celestina Marie said...

Thank you for sharing bow making. I took a little class years ago and they did not show the V cut. I think this really helps a lot.
Great tutorial Jess.

Hi Sheri, hope you are doing well. Thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful week.
hugs, Celestina Marie

Draffin Bears said...

Thank you Jess for sharing the wonderful tutorial of bow making.

Have a great week

magie said...

Such beautiful bows! I like the musical note ribbon as well. Thanks for sharing how to make them..I will have to try and make some :)
Have a lovely week.
Magie x

Galina Hristova said...

Beautifully!I like this bow on the gift.I like to make these beauties!Thank you!

NanaDiana said...

Love it, Jess. That does make a nice, easy bow, doesn't it? I also use the twist and turn method sometimes- xo Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Jess!!! SHERI DARLING......wherever you are...thank you for coming to visit my CUBAN SUGAR POST! teeheee....I knew I had to do something with that music when my cousin introduced me to it this summer!

I am so happy that you received the package. ENJOY all of the contents inside. Love from my heart, Anita

Bluebirds and Roses said...

how neat...

Erica said...

I've never known how to make my own bows like this before. So lovely. I love how big and full they are. I bet they would look stunning on a wreath too!

Deborah said...

Jess this is wonderful! I love your bows!
Thanks for taking the time to show and tell!

Deborah xo

Ricki Treleaven said...

Jess, I'd like to thank you for this wonderful bow tutorial. I love wired makes the prettiest bows! I think that a ribbon making party is a great idea. How much fun!


Beauty Follower said...

Thanks for the demonstration!

Rebeca Mello said...

Dear, thanks for your lovelly comment on my blog!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

These bows are stunnng - thanks for the demo.
I'm going to give them a try - I know I have some wired ribbon - somewhere!
Caroline xxx

Sarah said...

I'm going to Michaels right now and getting bows! Thanks for the tip!

Happy@Home said...

I can't wait to try this. They are so pretty and I've always wondered how to do it. Thanks so much for the lesson.