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Decorative Ribbon Bows

how to make bows for gifts and home decoration

Choose from 3 easy-to-make decorative ribbon bows. Once you've mastered these basic steps, try your own variation to create a new style bow. In addition to ribbon, you will need medium gauge wire to secure assembly. Once completed, cut tail ends even following diagonal or chevron cut to prevent raveling.

Note:Twisting (Steps 1 & 2) required for any single face or wire edge ribbon. No twist required for double face ribbon.
twist ribbon: step 1 twist ribbon: step 2


Puffy Bow

Materials Needed:

4 yds. Wrights® 1 1/2" Ribbon (for bow 7" in diameter)



Instructions:
  1. With right side facing up, measure ribbon 6" from one end. Twist ribbon half turn and pinch between thumb and fingers.
  2. Measure 7" (3 1/2" loop) of ribbon, pinch and twist half turn.
  3. Measure 7" (3 1/2" loop) on opposite side, pinch and twist half turn.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating sides for a total of 10 loops.
  5. Measuring 6" (3" loop) repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating sides for a total of 4 loops. (See Figure 1)
  6. Measuring 5" (2 1/2" loop) repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating sides for a total of 4 loops.
  7. Slip wire through last loop and around the back of twisted ribbons. Twist wire to secure.
  8. Enjoy!


Door Bow

Materials Needed

3 yds. Wrights® 1 1/2" Ribbon (for bow 8" across)



Instructions:
  1. With right side facing up, measure ribbon 12" from one end. Twist ribbon half turn and pinch between thumb and fingers.
  2. Measure 8" (4" loop) of ribbon, pinch and twist half turn.
  3. Measure 8" (4" loop) on opposite side, pinch and twist half turn.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating sides for a total of 6 loops.
  5. Measure 6" of ribbon, pinch and twist half turn.
  6. Measure 6" of ribbon, on opposite side, pinch and twist half turn. (See Figure 2)
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6, alternating sides for a total of 4 loops.
  8. Measure 5" of ribbon, form a center loop, pinch and twist half turn.
  9. Slip wire through center loop and around the back of twisted ribbons. Twist wire to secure.
  10. Enjoy!


Layered Bow

Materials Needed

2 yds. Wrights® 1 1/2" Ribbon (for bow 8" across)



Instructions:
  1. With right side facing up, measure ribbon 12" from one end. Twist ribbon half turn and pinch between thumb and fingers.
  2. Measure 8" (4" loop) of ribbon, pinch and twist half turn.
  3. Measure 8" (4" loop) on opposite side, pinch and twist half turn.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 measuring 6" of ribbon on each side.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 measuring 4" of ribbon on each side.
  6. Measure 5" of ribbon, form a center loop, pinch and twist half turn.
  7. Slip wire through center loop and around the back of twisted ribbons. Twist wire to secure. (See Figure 3)
  8. Enjoy!


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