Its that time again!!!
Hi! This is Deanna from SewMcCool.com!
I'm so excited to write for Allie's blog today. I love to sew and work with ribbon, and my first book, "50 Ribbon Bows and Rosettes to Make" (affiliate link) will be published in early August.
I wanted to share with you a way to make a gift bow using only 1 1/2 yards of 7/8in-wide ribbon, four pins, a little bit of batting or an ironing board to pin on, a needle and thread (thread your needle first and knot it in advance - use this basic tip), and a pinch clip to help hold your work.
This method takes some getting used to! And you might feel like you're "all fingers," but you'll get the hang of it.
First, use your batting or ironing board as a surface to pin upon. Pin three pins in a triangle, 3 1/2in apart (shown in photo 1 below).
Next, pin one tail of the ribbon a few inches from the end with your fourth pin, below the pin triangle you just made, so the long remaining length of ribbon is up and away from you. You won't loop around this fourth pin - it's really just there to hold the short tail in place while you work.
Now let's get started!
Loop your ribbon up to the left and over the top pin, holding it in place with your finger (photo 2 below).
Now bring the ribbon under and over the left pin (photo 3 below).
And then over and under the right pin. Complete these steps three more times until you have three layers of ribbon around the three pins. Use your pinch clip to hold everything in place (photo 4 below).
This is the bottom of the bow - not the top - weird, I know....you're making it upside down, but it will make sense in a minute!
Now carefully - very carefully - pick up your bow with one hand and grab your needle and thread with the other. Turn the bow over and carefully stitch a small "x" in the center of the bow - just small enough to make sure the layers will rotate around it, but large enough to catch all of your loops and layers
(photos 1 and 2 below).
Roll up your remaining tail of ribbon onto the top, trimming it as needed, and sew it in place in the middle of the bow to make a tenth and final loop (photo 3 below).
Trim the bottom length of ribbon.
It's ready to tape onto a package
Your loops might not be even the first time you make this bow, but it becomes easier with practice. And if you like making these, you might want to make a permanent "jig" out of wood with dowels that are placed in a 3 1/2in equilateral triangle.
And if you enjoy working with ribbon, you might be interested in seeing how to print your own ribbon designs with this post on SewMcCool.com!
Thanks so much for letting me visit your blog, Allie!
I am not a good bow maker at all,
but I am for sure inspired now, yay! I am excited to see your new book too!
Thank you so much Deanna for coming on today,
and thank you all for tuning in!
Until Next Time...