Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fish Extender Gifts Part II - Bow Making

I'm a bow girl. I always have been and always will. In case you don't know, I have a bow collection that can rival any little girls'. That's normal right?!

When it came time to brainstorm for the Fish Extender gifts, there was no doubt in my mind what I would be giving all the girls on my list: BOWS!

Until now, I have not dabbled in bow making because I could never get them to look like the ones I would buy. However, for this project, I was working on a tight budget and needed to make 13 (ok I made 14 so I could have one, don't judge). Off to Pinterest I went! I was bound to find an easy tutorial right?! Wrong! I wanted easy, no sew, flat but full bows. After hours of scouring Pinterest, I was out of luck. Good news! I finally found a tutorial (unfortunately I can't find that link now because I had dug so deep into the interwebz).

Once I practiced and figured out the most efficient way of making my bow, I decided to share with you my very own bow tutorial!

Supplies Needed:
2 9 inch pieces of 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon
2 9 inch pieces of 3/4 inch wide ribbon (optional)
2 inch piece of 7/8 inch wide ribbon
Hot glue gun
Hair clip
1. Take the wide ribbon and fold in half. At the halfway mark, line with glue. Fold the outer edge to the center. Do the same to the other end.

2. Take your thinner (optional) ribbon and lay it under the first piece. You will fold it over and glue the same way you did the black ribbon.

3. Now pinch the bow from center and add a glue dot to help keep it together. You will then fold back the edges and glue them to the back to help clean up the center.

4. Follow steps 1-3 with your other two pieces of ribbon and you will end up with two identical bows.

5. Combine the two bows at the center and wrap the skinny black fabric around to join the two bows and glue.

 And there you have it. A symmetrical bow made with just a little bit of ribbon and glue. Simply add whatever kind of barrette to the back and it's ready to wear!

Linking up with Steph and Katie for Saw it. Pinned it. Did it!


  1. Hi, I'm a new follower. Love this post! This is probably one of the easiest bow making tutorials I've seen (and with a little girl, I've seen a lot. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Ami
    a champagne dream

  2. so stinkin cute! you are so creative!

  3. I LOVE the mickey mouse ears! precious! I never know how to make bows. I'm NOT good with that at all. But you are :)

    Thank you for linking up with us!!

  4. I LOVE these! Easy yet Awesome! Great Tutorial!!!

  5. These are adorable. After seeing your photo step by step, I feel like I could do this! Thanks for sharing with non-crafting people like me! Stopping by from SPD linkup and pinning this one!

  6. That is SO cute! Where on earth did you find the amazing DCL ribbon???

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