Ribbon Gift Bow

I have a new tutorial for you today as a part of the Ribbon Jar blog hop!

The Ribbon Jar is an online shop that carries a variety of gorgeous ribbon and trims.

Julie, the owner,  has amazing taste and her selection shows it.   The shop has classic grosgrain, pom pom trims and fancy jacquard ribbons.   You’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t like!

From our studio in Salem, Oregon, we hand-pick the finest ribbons and trims from around the world to bring you fresh designs, funky retro patterns, lovely vintage trim, and of course the classic staples. Whether you are sewing, scrapping or wrapping, our woven ribbons will add a special touch to your latest project.

Julie sent me a sampling of ribbon and also gave me the chance to pick some to try.    I made several projects this week to show you ways you can use ribbons to add a special touch to your project!  (She’s also offering you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to her shop, so be sure to enter at the end of the post).

When making clothing, ribbons can be used lots of ways.    I used a jacquard from Anna Maria Horner to add a pop of color at the waist seam of a Washi tunic.    This is a more expensive ribbon and you don’t need much to use it in this way.

For the drawstring bag I used a whimsical measuring tape ribbon instead of sewn fabric ties.    This is one of my favorite ribbons!

I also made a simple key chain by sewing the ribbon right on to a piece of fabric.

I will share each project in more detail this week, but I wanted to give you a little bit of inspiration.   On to the tutorial!

:: Ribbon Gift Bow Tutorial ::

Supplies: 

  • 2 yards ribbon (makes one 5″ bow)
  • covered button (I used 3/4″)
  • fabric scrap
  • glue gun + sticks
  • scissors

Step 1:

Begin by cutting your ribbon.   You will need (6) pieces measuring 7.5″ and (3) measuring 5″


Step 2:

Fold your  ribbon to create a loop as shown below.   For the large (7.5″ pieces) you will overlap your ribbon by 1/2″, for the small (5″ pieces) you will overlap by 1/4″.  Use a drop of hot glue to secure.  Repeat for all 9 pieces.

Step 3:

Take your largest loops and place as shown, securing with glue as you add each piece.

Step 4:

Repeat the process for your (3) smallest loops, placing as shown below.

Step 5:

Place your small loop piece inside of the larger one, line up the smaller loops so that they each rest in between (2) larger loops as shown.  Secure with hot glue.

Step 6:

After making a covered button with your fabric scrap, glue to the center of your bow.   You can then attach a small piece of ribbon to the back so that your bow is easy to secure to your package.

Pop on your package and you’re done.  So much better then a store bought bow!

You can experiment with the size of your ribbons to create different finished bow sizes.   I’m looking forward to Holiday wrapping so that I can make some more!

I hope you enjoy!

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To help you get started making some bows or whatever your heart desires, Julie has offered you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to  The Ribbon Jar.

Leave a comment below for a chance to win.   I will draw a winner using random.org on Wed, Nov 14th.   Open to all readers both domestic and international!

For more chances to win please visit the other blogs on our hop, each is giving away a $25 gift certificate.  Good luck and thanks for visiting!

Amber @ Life in Color Wednesday, November 7th,

Ashley @ Cherished Bliss Thursday, November 8th

Lindsey @ LRstitched Friday, November 9th

Christina @ The Sometimes Crafter Saturday, November 10

Jen @ Betty Crocker Ass Sunday, November 11

Katy @ no big dill Monday, November 12

Melissa @ all buttoned up Tuesday, November 13

Julie @ Color Chic Wednesday, November 14

disclosure: I was provided the ribbon for this tutorial as part of this blog hop promotion

Linked up to : Dear Creatives & Simple Home Life

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