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Old 03-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Talking Ribbon Flower Bow Tutorial

Here is my first ever bow tutorial I will hopefully have some more coming soon when I can find the time, but I really hope you enjoy this one.

I have been making these ribbon flower bows for our craft booth at our local market days event and they have always been really popular! I am so happy that I finally found time to create a tutorial to share with you all!



EDIT: To follow with the new rules, I will go ahead and post the entire tutorial here. Get ready for a very long post lol...

Materials Needed:

Glue gun
Glue Sticks,
Ribbon in various colors
Felt
Scissors
Toothpick
Craft Pompoms
Alligator Backing



Step 1: Cut your felt circle

This will be the backing to your bow. I cut mine to be around 1 and 3/4 inches around, but you can definitely eyeball it if you would like a larger bow.



Step 2: Cut Your Ribbon into strips

The amount you need depends on the size of your bow. For this bow I cut
about 7 strips of the blue grosgrain ribbon which will be my base,
and 3 of each of the organza ribbons (navy and white). Make sure they are
long enough to fold into loops so do not cut the ribbons to be less
than 5 inches. 5-6 inches is just about right.



Step 3: Fold Your Ribbon

You are going to be folding over each strip of ribbon into
small loops and gluing the ends together. You do not have to
heat seal your ends as they are all going to be covered
in the end anyway.



Step 4: Begin placing your ribbon

You will start placing your ribbon loops on the outer circle
of the felt forming a ring with an empty center like the following photos.
You will be placing the strips more towards the center with the
other two color strips. It is best to practice your placements
before you glue them down to know how you would best like
them arranged.



Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other ribbon strips

You will now create 2 more layers of ribbon using the next
2 colors. I started by placing down 3 white ribbon loops and then
placed three navy loops on top of the white.



Step 6: Decorate your center

I decided to place simple white pompom puff as the center to
my bow, but you can use just about anything
from bottle caps to charms, to silk flowers.
Be Creative! =)



Step 7: Create your backing

You can use any backing, but for this tutorial I am going to
use an alligator clip as my backing of choice. Start by cutting out
smaller felt circle.



Step 7: Create your backing (cont.)

Apply enough glue to cover your felt circle and then place
the circle between the alligator clip prongs. the place the
glue side of the felt onto the back of your bow. This should
leave one prong glue to the felt and the other free to place in hair.

Step 8: Create your backing (cont.)

Apply enough glue to cover your felt circle and then place
the circle between the alligator clip prongs. then place the
glue side of the felt onto the back of your bow. This should
leave one prong glue to the felt and the other free to place in hair.





Step 9: Wear your bow!

Your bow is now complete. Be sure to give enough time
to allow your glue to fully dry and set. Have fun wearing your
own custom made hair piece!


Here is the Tutorial Link: http://maryscraftynook.blogspot.com/...-tutorial.html

I have it in video format as well as text format! Enjoy making your own bows, I would definitely loved to see your finished projects if you make any!

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Well done!!! This is a great tutorial, easy to follow and understand. Thank you.
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fantastic tutorial....... this would work for gift bows as well wouldn't it?
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Ty and yes these would look lovely on gifts!
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Tutorial is very powerful. You used blue grosgrain ribbon. I love blue color ribbon. Why did you add the videos? If you add the videos, it will create more visits.
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