A: Well, I’d like to say it’s a natural ability, but that wouldn’t be
true! I’ve learned how to make a bunch of great bows through resources
from Stampin’ Up! and my fellow demonstrators. Here are 5 of my
favourite bows as well as tips for making them.
1. Two Coloured Double Bow: Layer two 18”
ribbons. Layer ribbons then tie a standard bow. Before pulling the bow
loops to tighten the bow, take a moment to twist the ribbon ends so they
lay straight. Pull bow loops to tighten, then fan the inside bow loops
out from behind the top loops.
2. Elegant Bow: Lay a 5” piece of ribbon out
flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to center of ribbon. Fold in right end and
adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Fold in left
end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Place
one end of 2” ribbon over center of ribbon, creating a “T” shape. Add a
dab of SNAIL on top of 2” ribbon end over folded ribbon. Wrap 2” ribbon
around folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull
ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight it causes the folded ribbon
to gather. Trim off excess ribbon. Press bow flat or push the ends
gently to puff it up a bit. Add to card or layer on top of a ribbon
3. Perfect Double Bow:
Select a brad and spread prongs out flat. Begin with 18” ribbon. Use a
ruler or estimate the lengths. Fold ribbon 3” from end with 3” section
on top. Hold finger over folded layers 1” from fold with loop to left.
Fold long end towards your finger to create 1” loop on right. Keep
finger over center to hold layers in place. Fold long end back to center
to make 1-1/2” loop on left. Fold ribbon back to center again creating
1-1/2” loop to right. Pinch ribbon at center and pick up layers. Set
layered ribbon on brad with opened prongs. Fold prongs over ribbon and
press flat. Trim ends.
4. Hole Bow: Punch a hole in card stock with
1/8” or 1/4” punch. Thread both ends of a 22” long ribbon up through
hole from bottom. Slide ribbon loop around card stock and tighten by
pulling ends. Keep ribbon ends the same length. Split ribbon ends so one
comes out above ribbon and one comes out below. Make sure ribbon isn’t
twisted. Tie a basic bow. Fluff and adjust bow as needed and then trim
5. Fork Bow: Begin with a standard dinner fork
with four tines and a 10” piece of ribbon. Place ribbon across front of
fork with 1/3” of ribbon to left of the fork. This end will stay
stationary. Wrap right end of the ribbon around behind the fork, around
left edge, over the top of the first end. Thread end down through space
between the center fork tines below where the first ribbon crosses. Pull
ribbon up behind the fork and through the space between center fork
tines. Knot the two ribbon ends firmly. Slide ribbon from fork and trim
Go Bow Crazy
Have fun practicing and experimenting with these bows and different
types of ribbon. Pretty soon your friends will be asking you how your
bows always look so great!
We have a number of ribbons retiring this month. Make sure to order your favourites before they are gone!