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Monday, May 25, 2015

So you want to make a bow? THE BASE BOW (Pt. 2)

Alrighty then, We discussed supplies. We also recognized the difference between a Stacked Boutique Bow and an OTT hair bow. Now we can move on to Part 2 of this series. We will be making a BASE BOW.

Let me first clarify something: A base bow is NOT something that you just HAVE to have. This is a preference and often a topic for debate. I have always preferred a base bow. Some don't. That is OK! No right or wrong way here, folks! Don't EVER let anyone tell you different either. Your bow....your rules.

However, back in the OLD days when the stacked bows started popping up on good ol' ebay (That's where we used to hang out way before facebook!) we just always included a base bow (Twisted Boutique Bow usually). So, that is how I am going to walk through this series . . . with a base bow ;)

I prefer to use a Twisted Boutique bow as my base. However, I have also used the pinwheel. Both work as they should. (They hold the rest of your bow giblets in place!)

Let's start off with the Twisted Boutique Bow (Figure 8 method).




Supplies used in this tutorial:

Ribbon (7/8") in the color creamsicle and also a coordinating ribbon in 3/8"
alligator pinch clips
upholstery thread
lighter for heat sealing
glue gun

7/8" ribbon vs 1.5" ribbon: I like using 7/8" for my base bows if I make Twisted Boutique Bows. I will use 1.5" for pinwheel base bows. Why? I like my TBB LOOPY if you will notice in my videos. I find that using 1.5" on a TBB makes the entire bow tall and somewhat awkward on Kennedy's head especially after I layer all bow parts on top. It becomes more of a TOP HAT than a bow.  7/8" is perfect, IMO and if you double up on the ribbon and spray with Quik Stiffen ALL IS GOOD ANYWAY. It will hold your bow "giblets" ;)


I'm going to be making a 3 1/2 inch bow *Meaning it measures 3 1/2 inches WIDE* so I trimmed off 26 inches of my ribbon.

If you want to make a wider bow just go up in length by a couple of inches. (smaller bow go down by 2 inches)  Just remember by going up 2 inches you will add 1/2 inch to your bow's width.

I am also going to be DOUBLE LAYERING the ribbon for my base bow. (I used 2 pieces of 26 inch ribbon.) Why do I double up on the ribbon? It just makes the bow more "sturdy". I also double up on the ribbon for my toppers too *but we will talk about that when the time comes. You definitely want to double up on your ribbon if your ribbon is only one sided (meaning: the other side has no print) It will just make your bow look better! Trust me ;)



 First step: Heat seal those ribbon ends, y'all!


 Now you can layer the two ribbons together. Make sure they are good and straight (even with each other in length).



 Now you are going to take the entire ribbon piece/ length of ribbon and fold it in half. So stretch your two ribbons out together (making sure they are even) and fold the piece in half so that you have a crease in the middle.


Crease it well enough where you can see it!
Now, this is the middle of the ribbon. This is where your loops will meet. We do this so everything on the bow is measured out and perfectly even in the end.


 Ok, now it's time to start forming some loops! I work with the top first. You will want to grab your ribbon like I have it in the photo and form a "U" shape. (The U is upside down here but you get the point, right?)

 Now you are going to flip that end over where it flattens itself out.
*Just twist your hand to the left and it will flatten your ribbon end. Bring the end to the crease.


 This will serve as your first two loops. It looks like an awareness type ribbon, right?

 Now, I don't know about YOU but my two hands can only do so much. I need help holding my ribbon down while I work on the next side. All I did was take one of my alligator clips and clip it in place. Ta Da! An extra hand :)

Now we can work on the opposite end.
We are going to do the same exact thing that we did above except we are going to bring our ribbon over to the OPPOSITE side when forming the big loop.
If you look at the first photo you will know what I am referring to. We went to the left side. Now we are going to the RIGHT side.


 Form the "U" and bring the ribbon end to the middle crease overlapping the first by a "tiny bit". I clipped it together with my first loop. (ali clip)


Now you can see why this is known as the FIGURE 8 METHOD! It looks like a race track if you ask me but anyway....

 It's a figure 8!
Ok, we are going to fold these two LARGE loops into our four smaller loops. Stay with me now.
I'll be working at the top hmm or maybe it's the LEFT? hehe


 Grab your loop and hold it up.


Don't twist it. Don't turn it. Don't do anything to it besides lifting it up!


Now bring it to the middle crease area. (Where those clips are)


 Remember, no flipping or turning! We are simply going to press this down in the middle.


 BOOM! Done! See those TWO LOOPS now?


 Grab another clip and secure it. (Extra hands are nice!)


Now we are going to do the EXACT same thing to the other side.


 Pull your loop straight up.


 Bring it down and flatten it next to the other loops.


 (This is the BACK of your bow)


 Now you can remove the ali clips and FLIP the bow to the other side. Adjust your loops or make them even because they may have shifted during the process.


This is the front of the bow. See? It resembles an actual bow now!


 Now it's time to crease the middle.


 Secure it with upholstery thread or sew.


 This is the back of your bow once it is secure.




 Now all you have to do is spray it down with some of your starch or fabric stiffener so that it holds it's shape and set it aside. We can now work on the rest of our bow parts.

Of course, if you aren't planning on using it as a base bow for a stacked boutique bow then you can go ahead and add it to your clip.


Go watch the video too!



Check out the entire bow making series:

Part 1: Supplies
Stacked Boutique Bow vs OTT bow (What's the difference?)

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1 comment:

  1. Hey!
    I've been binge watching your YouTube videos and I love them. Made an easier version of your 4th of July bow for my little girl and it turned out well. Going to try this one next. I can use this bow on it's own without stacking it, right?
    Thanks for all the info!! Keep cool! (We're in Texas and it's hot here too! 😉)

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