- 2 x 16-inch lengths of 2.25-inch Grosgrain, we used Shocking Pink.
- 2 x 16-inch of your favorite 1.5 inch printed ribbon, we used Christmas chevron.
- 4 - 8 inches of a matching color 3/8 inch ribbon for center
- Glue gun
- Small zip tie
- Covered alligator clip
Cut four 16-inch lengths of your ribbon, two of each color, making sure that they are the same length. Stack your 1.5" on top of your 2.25", making sure they are centered. We glued these layers down with a small, thin dot of glue on either end, but if you want to be extra secure, you can carefully place a third dot just off the center to keep the middle length of your layers stacked while folding. Do this to both sets of your ribbon.
Stack them together, making sure they’re even and trimming any excess on either ribbon, fold through the center to make your center mark.
Stack center mark to center mark, overlapping your top length by 90 degrees and making sure you are looking at the back, not front, of your ribbon.
Place a small, thin dot of glue between your layers to keep them in place.
Taking your ends, perfectly overlap them and place a small, thin dot of glue to hold them in place.
Repeat this step with the second set of loops, alternating which ribbon goes on top.
Once each set of ears is created, overlap these by 1 inch and, again, place small dot of glue to hold these moves together. So easy! So now it’s time to crease our center and place our zip tie.
Looking at your vertical and horizontal center of your bow, create a valley by pushing the center away from you. Create another peak and valley on either side so that your final bow has top and bottom edges folding towards the front of the bow.
Pinching tight, place your zip tie on the back of the bow - we find it easiest if the the mouth of the zip tie is resting just above the center. Feed your zip tie through and carefully cinch while still pinching your knot. Pull the zip tie tight enough to loosely hug your creases but do not tighten all the way.
The trick with this last step is to stop and look at your bow and make sure your zip tie is hugging the exact center. Because we often pinch our bow in the exact center, our zip tie will sometimes hug the bow a little too far to the right. So scoot your zip tie closer to center.
When you’re happy with the symmetry of your bow, insert your covered alligator clip, headband, or barrette between the zip tie and bow. Make sure you’re liking the look of your bow, then cinch tight!
And you’re all done! You can find all the solid grosgrain, polka, seasonal prints, glitter, tulle, velvet and satin AND bow-making hardware you need at ribbonandbowsohmy.com. Thank you guys so much for watching!
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