I am slowly but surely working my way to building up a new SUMMER bow wardrobe for Kennedy. It's been awhile since I have made a bow. Why? Well, I've been quite busy around here. (Which really means I've been sitting here pinning yummy recipes on pinterest while watching Law & Order reruns.) HEY, Pinterest is time consuming!
Actually, I've been in a craft SLUMP of sorts. I have the best of intentions. I DO! I start projects and then lose interest or move on to another. Anyone else feel me?
I love LOVE LOVE making the big beautiful OTT bows however....that darn "losing interest" thing kicks in. I haven't been finishing them plus I have a little secret : Kennedy doesn't really wear the OTT BOWS now days. Did I say that out loud? LOL! She wears simple styles now.
Of course, now I am getting off subject.
WE NEEDED BOWS. WE NEEDED SIMPLE BOWS and WE NEEDED SOLID COLORED BOWS.
So, here I sit....
This one? Well, it's so simple. I mean, REAL SIMPLE!
Can you make the TWISTER BOW?
If you can make a twister bow then you can make this bow because all it is ....
(3) Twister bows!
I'm going to be making a 3 1/2" (width) bow today using 7/8" ribbon.
To start you will need (2) pieces of 15" ribbon. The color I am using is Dark Orchid by Schiff. You can purchase your own at ribbonqueen.com :)
Layer the two ribbons together (one on top of the other)
Now you are going to form a loop. I start at the top of the ribbon on the RIGHT side (Like below) LOOP over the remaining piece.
You will now have a "tail".
Now just go to the other side and do the exact same thing. Make a loop and cross it over where the TAIL part points down.
You will need to crease the center and tie it off (Or sew)...whatever tickles your fancy ;)
I use a strong upholstery thread or embroidery floss.
Now you will trim up your tails. I like to clip mine as short as possible for this style bow. I want them to be somewhat hidden behind my other loops once it is pieced together.
Heat seal, OF COURSE :)
Now do this again for another TWISTER BOW. Same width and lengths as above.
Once your bows are finished. Take your fingers and pry the loops apart. (Just a gentle tug)
It should look like this. BOTH
Now here are the two pieces you are working with. You just need to take them and PIECE them together. Do not place them on top of each other. However, you will need the bottoms to touch each other there in the middle.
Tie them together with your thread.
Now you can take some of your fabric stiffener and spray that baby until it's good and stiff.
A few squirts will be fine, believe me :)
It resembles a DOUBLE STACKED Twisted Boutique bow, right? Without the hassle of those LOOPS!
Here's what the back looks like
Ok, now we are ready to add the third piece. This is called the TRIPLE TWISTER BOW afterall.
I used (2 pieces of 13" ribbon) I used the exact same ribbon as above.
I formed another TWISTER BOW *same instructions.
I took the loops apart....barely
Then I secured it to the middle of my bow and secured with MORE thread :)
Look at those LOOPS!!!!!
Now it's time to secure this bow to your clip.
I am using an aligator pinch clip today but you can use a french barrette too!
ADD a dab of hot glue (A DAB WILL DO!)
Attach your bow
Now using a coordinating 3/8" ribbon I am going to secure this bow to my clip.
I also find that going that extra step (or few steps) by securing with thread and then securing with ribbon will prevent my bow from shifting. NO ONE LIKES A WOBBLY BOW! I also try and make sure to TUG hard on that ribbon when securing my bows to clips. I am not a fan of a BIG BULKY CENTER.
Here is that the bow will look like if you DO NOT pull the loops apart. It's still cute, eh?
Here's what it looks like when you pry the loops apart. LOOPY!!! I love it.
Here it is in APPLE GREEN :)
Here is one that I did with TWO colors :)
This one is my favorite! (Loops are pulled apart on this one.) It's SO LOOPY! I COULD DIE.
I told you this was easy. Now go forth and MAKE A BOW!
Need the video? Here ya go ;)