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Making bows out of ribbons

Making bows out of ribbons

Most people think that ribbons and bows are only used for gift wrapping, but they can also be largely used for crafts, hair accessories and even dressmaking. Whatever you intend to use them for, you basically have two options when it comes to getting these items, either buy them separately or make the bows from the ribbons, which would be highly preferable because in this case you can make absolutely sure that they match. If you want to sew the bow to a garment you’re making, for instance, by making the bow out of ribbons, you can ensure that it matches the garment not just in colour, but also in texture, which means you need to carefully select the ribbons depending on what you need them for. Also, make sure you put quality above all if you want your project to turn out beautifully. Most people choose satin ribbons to make bows, but satin can be a little slippery if you don’t have any experience in making bows, so you might want to give grosgrain a chance. Other fabrics include cotton, velvet, organza or prints and if you are using the bow for flower bouquets or gift wrapping, you should buy ribbons with wire edges.

In order to make absolutely sure that the end result rises to your expectations and look fantastic, you should allow yourself the pleasure to experiment with different types of ribbons and bows. Get different colours, different widths and different textures, as with today’s plethora of suppliers and wholesale prices, this won’t affect your budget too much. The most basic method of making a bow out of a ribbon is to cut a certain length of ribbon, make sure it’s long enough to make the bow and still have a tail, and lay it down a flat surface. Then, you should bring the ends of the tail to the middle of the ribbon and overlap them, so that you have two loops and two tails. After that, you need to fold the left loop over the right one and take it through the centre hole, from around the back, pulling tightly. All that’s left is to adjust the loops in order to make sure they are symmetric.

There are different types of ribbons and bows and the method shown above is just one, the simplest one in fact, from a large number of methods. If you want to make a bow from grosgrain ribbon for wrapping a gift, you might want to try a different type of bow and a whole different method, which may involve a glue gun or some double sided tape, and you can make a bow with multiple loops, all glued to the centre of the ribbon. Other types of bows include floral ribbon bows, double loop ribbon bows and wire bound bows and you can find plenty of information about how to make them online. Whether you need them for party decorations, hair accessories or floral arrangements, these hand made bows will look amazing if you just follow a couple of ground rules.