Monday, December 12, 2011

How to Make a Bow {Video Tutorial}

Good Monday morning, friends!  Hope that you all enjoyed your weekend.  We attended a couple of fantastic concerts, Christmas parties, and spent Saturday morning partaking of doughnuts and the Muppet Movie.  Manamana!

Today I wanted to show you how to make a bow for a wreath, swag, package, outdoor decor, or wherever you need one.  It really is simple once you get the hang of it, just takes a little practice.

I started off taking lots of pictures of the process, but decided it would be easier to demonstrate in real life.  So, I made my first video...please excuse  all of the "um"s, "but"s, and "anyway"s!

(Note to time figure out how to edit the freeze frame before uploading video!)

A few things I forgot to mention...  PLEASE trim the ends of your ribbon tails!  Either cut the end diagonally or make the swallowtail "V" cut.  Nothing ruins a beautiful bow like unfinished edges!  Also, if the ribbon you are working with only has the pattern on one side, just twist it over each time you bring it to the middle and pinch, so that the pretty side is always on the outside.  Lastly, I think I used about 4 yards for this bow.  Your yardage will vary depending on how large your bow is.

And here is the finished product-

Linking up to The Inspired Room.


  1. I loved it!! You are so darn cute, I don't know why but I thought you'd have a southern accent! You guys were quite the team!! And, the bow was great, too. :)

  2. So, you should know that when I realized I had stumbled upon a VIDEO of you, I went and grabbed a piece of key lime pie in the fridge that I'd been craving...and I ran back, flopped back on the couch to sit and enjoy "meeting" you. Lol!!!

    You should ALSO are adorable and your voice is juuuuuust fine. (But I am the SAME way...can't stand my voice on tape. I think it's because we all hear ourselves differently than we actually are. Weird.) I was expecting a Southern accent (and laughing b/c the girl above said the same thing)...but nope...not so much! ;)

    And finally, you should know...I think you need your own craft channel. :)

  3. Jennifer thank you so much for making this video and linking to it today! Just yesterday I shopped Michael's 60% off sale and came home with a boatload of ribbon. I haven't made a bow in years and needed a refresher!! And I loved hearing your voice - it was like being in the same room as you! You are so articulate - you should do more videos on the blog!


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