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Ribbon and Bow Accessory How-tos

This project uses a tuxedo bow.





  • Scissors
  • 4-inch-wide ribbon card envelopes
  • 9-mm-wide ribbon fabric glue
  • 20-gauge wire self-adhesive hook, for hanging


  1. Step 1


    The petal bow is similar to the medallion bow. For the petal bow, make 2 1/4-inch accordion folds in ribbon (ours is 5/8 inch wide and 45 inches long); end with the raw edges facing down. Pass needle and thread through bottom, about 1/4 inch from edge. Hold together, and pull taut; knot. Spread petals; tie silver twine around thread to hang.

  2. Step 2

    This is made with 15-inch-long, 3/8-inch-wide satin ribbon. Make three figure-eight bows, but start with the cut edge at back of bow instead of at front, and make two layers instead of three. Cross and glue two of the bows. Glue a loop of silver twine at the front center. Glue a third bow across the middle concealing twine.

  3. Step 3

    Make tail: Cut a 40-inch (or longer) length of wide ribbon. To make an even notch in the bottom, fold ribbon in half lengthwise and cut on an angle from outer edge to fold; unfold. Since you’ll likely be making this before holiday cards arrive, lay out five or six card envelopes along front of ribbon, some horizontally and others vertically, keeping 1/2 inch between them. Lay a narrow ribbon down each side (about 1/2 inch in from edge); trim ends to match angle of notch. With envelopes as your guide, glue narrow ribbons to the wide ribbon between envelopes. Slide envelopes out.

  4. Step 4


    With a 25-inch-long wide ribbon, make a 12-inch tuxedo bow; wrap center tightly to cinch bow. At back, knot narrow ribbon around center band, then rotate narrow ribbon so its knot is concealed inside. This will be the loop from which bow will hang.

  5. Step 5


    Cinch top of tail: Twist a piece of wire into a loop. Fold top corners under about 1 inch (top edges should be flush); at the same time, press the top center in with your thumbs, forming shape shown. Secure ribbon with dabs of glue, and glue wire to center. Using a removable self-adhesive hook, hang tail first, and then bow.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2004



Reviews (9)

  • UUjerri1 9 Dec, 2011

    I'm making the card holder. The bow is no big deal. It's the fabric glue that's not very friendly. Will use hot glue or an all purpose next time. Fabric glue takes too long to dry and can see the glue marks through the ribbon. How to attach the wire to the long strip is another trick, but just do the best you can. I used tourqoise ble ribbon with bright pink accent ribbon and it's very bright and pretty. Using snow flake to hide the glue marks and mark the entry points. Easier to see.

  • Niobi 29 Nov, 2009

    Go to the "bow how-tos, continued". Make the green one just like the medallion without flattening the middle.

  • OAJennings 21 Sep, 2009

    I cannot figure that green bow out either. I've gone through a spool so far. Is there a specific ribbon you use and how to you get the end to meet up in the circle? The "how to's" do not explain it.

  • abitofbec24 5 Sep, 2009

    Those are so wonderful!

  • JeninWI 11 Jul, 2009

    The Bow How-To's links are helpful. Would like to see some tips for making bows with wire ribbon. JeninWI

  • agthomas57 15 Dec, 2008

    See"Bow How-Tos"--the link is highlighted in green right above the "firs published" statement at the end.

  • madmadjudy 9 Dec, 2008

    I have the magazine from which the instructions for the Petal Bow were printed and it still doesn't make any sense. A very frustrating "tutorial".

  • HeidiSmith 11 Dec, 2007

    Click on "Bow How-Tos, Continued" right there at the bottom of the page. the tuxedo bow isn't a "tied bow" per say...

  • solomonmama 8 Dec, 2007

    neither my husband nor i could get the first green bow to work...and he's an engineer. this really needs more detailed instructions.