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How To Make A Ribbon Bow — 3 Ways

10.14.13

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

A guest blogger! On Jade and Fern! Somebody pinch me!

Daria of Kittenhood is a super talented, super stylish, super creative gal who blogs about fashion, personal style, and crafts. Her blog is in my “must read” section on Bloglovin’, and she never fails to share something beautiful and inspiring. Plus, she loves cats!! (One of my qualifications for being an awesome person. Cat people understand.)

Please welcome Daria to Jade and Fern as she shows us how to make a ribbon bow in three adorable ways:

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I’ve always loved bows – they seem to prettify everything! In time, I experimented with many ways of making bows, so I thought I’d bring some of them together in this post. Using ribbon is easy – especially since it comes in so many prints and widths – just remember to burn the ends with a lighter or a candle, so they don’t fray. I like using stitches for mine, but if you’re in a hurry or would just rather keep away from a needle, you can use glue instead. And now let’s get to work, shall we?

Bow Tie:

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Materials:

  • 10 cm (4″) of wide ribbon + 2 more cm (3/4″)
  • scissors
  • matching thread + needle

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Fold your ribbon in half, and stitch the ends on the wrong side of the fabric. When you’re done, turn it around. Make sure the stitch is on the back of your future bow, and bring it to the middle of the rectangle you now have. Pucker it together with a stitch.

Next, you will use the smaller piece of ribbon. Fold it in three, vertically, then use it to cover the previous stitch and form the middle of the bow. Stitch it together on the back of the bow, then stitch or glue it to a brooch pin, hair pin, or even a headband.

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Double Bow:

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Materials: 

  • two pieces of ribbon, one slightly longer (any length)
  • a 2 cm piece of ribbon (3/4″)
  • scissors
  • matching thread & needle

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Start by stitching each of the two long ribbons on the wrong side of the fabric. Turn them on the right side, and stitch them together at the middle, no puckering this time. The one at the bottom should be a little bigger than the one on top.

Finish by using the small piece of ribbon to cover the stitches, by stitching its ends together on the side that won’t be visible. You can use this on a hair pin, headband or brooch, but it would also look nice on a gift box!

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Classic Bow:

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Materials:

  • thin ribbon (any length) + 2 more cm (3/4″)
  • scissors
  • matching thread + needle

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

Fold one part of the ribbon towards the middle of the whole piece, forming a loop. Do the same with the other part of the ribbon, and make a stitch at the middle.

To cover the stitch, use the smaller piece of ribbon, and make sure no thread is visible on the front. Use this type of bow to embellish a pair of socks, to make shoe clips or a classic hair pin.

How To Make a Ribbon Bow - 3 Ways || by Kittenhood via Jade and Fern

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Thank you so much, Daria, for this wonderful DIY trio! Readers, don’t forget to swing by Kittenhood blog and show her some love. Which bow is your favorite? How awesome is Daria’s gorgeous photography?

Author: Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Maker, baker, cat momma, total nerd, perpetually covered in glitter/sawdust/paint. Blogging DIY and design for modern creatives.

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