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Project

Bow How-tos Continued

Introduction

Medallion
As shown as ornaments. We started with 1 yard of wide grosgrain ribbon.

1. Make a series of accordion folds (our folds are 1 inch), holding the folds in place with your fingers as you work. Finish with both ends of the ribbon facing the same direction. Thread a needle and knot it, leaving a 1-inch tail. Pass the needle and thread through the layers, about 1/4 inch from the selvage edge.

2. Bring ends of thread together; knot, close to the ribbon. Cut off excess thread. Glue ends of ribbon together, covering the knot. Shift folds so they're evenly spaced.

3. Press the center of the bow to flatten, rotating the folds in one direction.

Sash
To make a triple-loop sash bow with extra-long tails, start with four pieces of satin ribbon: one 16 inches long, one 20 inches, one 24 inches, and one 4 yards (for the tails). For a double-loop sash bow, eliminate a layer of loops. For shorter tails, use a smaller length of ribbon. Notch if desired.

1. Make loops: For each of the three shortest ribbons, fold ends toward the center, overlapping them; secure with fabric glue. Stack loops. Lay the 4-yard piece across the center of the loops, and knot.

2. Rotate knot to back of bow. Trim ends of tails at an angle. Slide 20-gauge wire through knot at back for hanging.

Winged
As shown on the chandelier.

1. Cross left end of the ribbon over right.

2. Knot by passing left end behind right, under, and up through opening (make sure ribbon is not twisted or bunched).

3. Pull on the ends of the ribbon to create a tight, smooth knot.

4. Adjust to desired shape, and notch the ends.

Tuxedo
As shown on the ribbon card holder, the candy tray, and the votives.

1. Fold ends of a piece of ribbon in toward the center, overlapping them; secure with fabric glue. Flatten at center and glue to secure. Cover center with a second piece of ribbon, gluing at back of bow; for a cinched bow, wrap center more tightly.

2. Adjust to desired shape.

 

Materials

  • Ribbon (gosgrain, satin)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • 20-gauge wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    la101104_1204_accordst1finish.jpg

    We started with 1 yard of wide grosgrain ribbon. Make a series of accordion folds (our folds are 1 inch), holding the folds in place with your fingers as you work. Finish with both ends of the ribbon facing the same direction. Thread a needle and knot it, leaving a 1-inch tail. Pass the needle and thread through the layers, about 1/4 inch from the selvage edge.

  2. Step 2

    la101104_1204_accordst2finish.jpg

    Bring ends of thread together; knot, close to the ribbon. Cut off excess thread. Glue ends of ribbon together, covering the knot. Shift folds so they're evenly spaced.

  3. Step 3

    la101104_1204_accordst3finish.jpg

    Press the center of the bow to flatten, rotating the folds in one direction.

  4. Step 4

    To make a triple-loop sash bow with extra-long tails, start with four pieces of satin ribbon: one 16 inches long, one 20 inches, one 24 inches, and one 4 yards (for the tails). For a double-loop sash bow, eliminate a layer of loops. For shorter tails, use a smaller length of ribbon. Notch if desired.

  5. Step 5

    la101104_1204_sashbow1.jpg

    Make loops: For each of the three shortest ribbons, fold ends toward the center, overlapping them; secure with fabric glue. Stack loops. Lay the 4-yard piece across the center of the loops, and knot.

  6. Step 6

    la101104_1204_sashbow2b.jpg

    Rotate knot to back of bow. Trim ends of tails at an angle. Slide 20-gauge wire through knot at back for hanging.

  7. Step 7

    la101104_1204_ht3a.jpg

    Cross left end of the ribbon over right.

  8. Step 8

    la101104_1204_ht3b.jpg

    Knot by passing left end behind right, under, and up through opening (make sure ribbon is not twisted or bunched).

  9. Step 9

    la101104_1204_ht3c.jpg

    Pull on the ends of the ribbon to create a tight, smooth knot.

  10. Step 10

    la101104_1204_ht3d.jpg

    Adjust to desired shape, and notch the ends.

  11. Step 11

    la101104_1204_tuxbowsteps4.jpg

    Fold ends of a piece of ribbon in toward the center, overlapping them; secure with fabric glue. Flatten at center and glue to secure. Cover center with a second piece of ribbon, gluing at back of bow; for a cinched bow, wrap center more tightly.

  12. Step 12

    Adjust to desired shape.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2004

Reviews (2)

  • 2 Feb, 2008

    the tuxedo bow is so cute glued to small hair clips ! I make them for my girls to match every outfit.

  • 29 Nov, 2007

    I am using a version of this for my Christmas Tree this year!