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Monday, October 8, 2007

Easiest Bow Ever

Some people find tying bows really tricky. I came up with a super easy cheat method for making a bow. Here's how you do it.

You'll need:

  • Scissors
  • tape runner or double stick tape
  • stiff ribbon (fabric or seam binding 7/8 or 1 inch)
  • card base and a cardstock mat for your image.

Easy Bow Instructions

1) Cut a 3 inch piece of the ribbon and tape it to the top of the cardstock mat.

2) Make a loop by Add adhesive to the ribbon starting 1/4 inch down from the top of the cardstock piece. Continue to run your adhesive 1/2 inch past the bottom of the ribbon (about 1 1/2 inches down from the top of the cardstock. This is the backside.

3) Loop the ribbon over itself and adhere. This is the trickiest part. You want the loop above the cardstock to be slightly smaller than the width of your ribbon. You can test it by turning your cardstock piece over and laying your ribbon horizontally behind it.

4) Cover cardstock piece with adhesive, especially the part of the ribbon that covers the cardstock. (Don't put adhesive on the ribbon where it is above the cardstock piece.) Cut another strip of ribbon, about 2 1/2 inches long.

5) Mount your cardstock piece to your card base. Push your ribbon strip into the loop and center it.

6) Embellish your card and you are done! See my other example here.

Card base: Kaiser Card, Tree square, 3 circles and sentiment stickers: Creative Imaginations Tree Stamp: Papertreyink holiday treats Ribbon: fabric store Blue Cardstock: Prism

Thank you for visiting We Grow By Our Dreams. I have many more tutorials here and on my other blog, The Vintage Sheet Blog.


Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Great bow. TFS.

pescbrico said...

I will have to try this one! interesting way to do a bow!

Swamp Tulip said...

Thanks for posting this. I will be giving it a try.


Robyn said...

Hi Heather,

Can you e-mail me at with your address. I would love for you to play "pay it forward". I'll send you out some goodies asap!

Tami Bayer said...

You are so clever! Great tutorial.

*Beatriz Jennings* said...


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