Simple Homemade Bow Tutorial

MacSuzie | Simple Homemade Bow - Whether you are decking your halls or tackling holiday gift wrapping, this simple and elegant fabric bow will come in handy :)

This type of bow is so versatile – wreaths, presents, crafts, etc. – and you can reuse each one! I make these often, especially at Christmas, as I did for this homemade wreath. Click the photo for the wreath instructions.

MacSuzie | Simple Homemade Bow - Whether you are decking your halls or tackling holiday gift wrapping, this simple and elegant fabric bow will come in handy :)

You’ll Need:

* wired ribbon – my favorite it 1.5 inches wide
* florist wire, a piece about 8-10 inches long
* strong scissors or wire clippers

Notes on Materials:

The best ribbon to use is wired, but the width and pattern are completely up to you. You can use non-wired ribbon, but you won’t really be able to fluff or shape the loops.

The length you’ll need depends on the size of the bow. To give you an idea, I used about 2.5 yards on this medium-large double looped bow. To stay on the safe side, I usually don’t cut the ribbon from the spool until the very end, just to make sure I have enough.

The piece of florist wire should be about 8-10 inches long, but that really depends on to what project you plan to tie your ribbon. Adjust the length as needed, or clip the extra at the end. *TIP – If you don’t have florist wire on hand, try using an old fashioned twist tie from your bread bag!

To cut the wire, I don’t recommend using fabric shears since the wire in the ribbon might damage them. Strong kitchen shears, or wire clippers are best.

 

Instructions:

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Start by laying the ribbon flat and placing your fingers so you have the desired “tail” length. This point will also be your middle point. You’ll keep your hand here until almost the very end.

 

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Next, form your first loop, placing your hand back over that middle spot.

 

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Form another loop in the other direction. If you want just a two loop bow, skip the next two steps and move on to tying up the middle. For a four loop bow like the one I’ve made, keep on to the very next step.

 

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Now, make a third loop by crossing back over like you did at the start, still holding that middle spot.

 

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Make your fourth and final loop. If you want a “loopier” bow, just keep going until you have the number of loops you want, the same number on each side.

 

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Next, bring the end underneath and up behind the loops you’ve created, still keeping your loops gathered in the middle.

 

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Bring that end back down directly over the middle.

 

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Wrap it underneath and up once more, turning the entire bow over so the back now faces up. I put my fingers through the loop I just created when I wrapped the ribbon around the middle.

 

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Tie your piece of wire like a bread tie through that middle loop where your fingers just were, leaving the ends free. This will be what you use to secure the bow to whatever you are decorating.

Now that the bow is tied in the middle, match up your first “tail” with the end of the ribbon still attached to the spool and cut the matching one.

 

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To get decorative v-point ends, fold the tip of the ribbon in half like this, with the folded edge on the right.

 

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Cut up at a diagonal towards the right.

 

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The result should look like this.

 

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Now cut the other one.

 

MacSuzie | Simple Homemade Bow - Whether you are decking your halls or tackling holiday gift wrapping, this simple and elegant fabric bow will come in handy :)

Your finished bow!

 

MacSuzie | Simple Homemade Bow - Whether you are decking your halls or tackling holiday gift wrapping, this simple and elegant fabric bow will come in handy :)

Use the wire to attach your bow to your gift or project. Fluff and shape the loops and tails as desired.

 

 MacSuzie | Simple Homemade Bow - Whether you are decking your halls or tackling holiday gift wrapping, this simple and elegant fabric bow will come in handy :)

 I just love this one for my wreath!

 

Let me know what you think!

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