Well, I'll stick this in Winter Holidays, but only because it's winter now! In reality, these bows could be used throughout the year...
Over a year ago, I saw directions in my aunt's Threads
magazine on how to make fabric bows. They were essentially a fabric tube with a ribbon running through it and strategically placed tack stitches. When you pulled the interior ribbon, the outer fabric tube "scrunched up" into a bow. Lame explanation, I know.
Anyway, my aunt made me a copy of the directions, which I promptly misplaced. But, the more I thought about it, I realized that I didn't need the directions anyway. Somewhere, I had a magic bow made of gift wrap ribbon and I could just use that for my inspiration. Instead of gift wrap ribbon, I used regular ribbon.
So, here is my first attempt, and it was a pretty quick and easy project! Sorry for the poor picture quality. For some reason, my camera decided that today was one of its days to take lousy pictures...
Sorry, no action shot! You need two hands to pull the bow into shape
And now for the mini tutorial...Materials
- 40" (100 cm) each of two coordinating ribbons. One ribbon should be at least an inch wide, and the other should be no more than a half an inch. Depending on the size of the gift, you may also want to make the thinner ribbon longer than 40" so you have enough length to wrap around the package.
- Matching thread
- Tape measure
- Fray check
1. Trim the edges of the large ribbon at an angle (or cut a V-notch in each end). Apply fray check to the cut edges of each ribbon.
2. Fold each ribbon in half and mark the center.
3. Center the thin ribbon on top of the wide ribbon and pin in place.
4. Tack the thin ribbon in place at the center point.
5. Fold the ribbons in half, sandwiching the thin ribbon inside the wide ribbon.
6. Measuring from the fold, pin along the top edge at the following points (Note: Be careful that you don't catch the thin ribbon in the pins. The thin ribbon must be able to move freely!):2 5/8" (6.8 cm), 6 1/2 (16.5 cm), 10 1/4" (26 cm), 15 3/4" (40 cm)
7. Measuring from the fold, pin along the bottom edge at the following points (Again, keep the thin ribbon clear):2 3/4" (7 cm), 6 1/8" (15.5 cm), 10 3/4" (27.2 cm), 15" (38 cm)
8. Tack along the edge (I used a zig-zag stitch in the same spot), at each marked point.
9. Holding onto the ends of the thin ribbon, slide the wide ribbon up the length of the the thin ribbon to "scrunch" it into a bow.
10. Tie it onto your package and you are finished!