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Bowmaking Instructions
This is the simplest way to make a bow of any kind. With much practice, this technique will lend itself to making many other types of bows, no matter the shape, size, or type of ribbon used. They can be used for an unthinkable number of things; whether you are making a simple pew bow or a bow for a Christmas wreath, this is the perfect bow for you! Below are instructions on how to make a basic bow, divided into two sections. The first is an estimate chart to give you an idea of how much ribbon yardage is needed per bow. The second are the instructions, which when learned, are the basis for every type, style, and size of bow (just adjust to size, shape, and style accordingly). Good luck in your bow making and feel free to contact me at any time for further help.

~ Angela

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Approximate Yardage Needed Basic Bows

Number of Loops Approximate Bow Size Length of Tails
Ribbon Width
Yards Needed
6 6 inches 12 inches Number 9 (1-1/2 inches) 3 yards
8 8 inches 18 inches Number 9 (1-1/2 inches) 4.5 yards
6 6 inches 12 inches Number 40 (2-3/4 inches) 3 yards
8 9 inches 18 inches Number 40 (2-3/4 inches) 5 yards
10 12 inches 18 inches Number 40 (2-3/4 inches) 8 yards

Basic Bow Making Instructions
This same technique can be used to make any size bow.

NOTE - If you intend on including tails on the bows you must first cut a length of ribbon twice the desired tail length. Refer to step six below.

Measure four inches to six inches of ribbon right side up, gather at this point and tightly twist exposing the wrong side.
Measure approximately four inches of ribbon and make a loop over your thumb.
Gather the ribbon between the thumb and forefinger and twist in order to put the right side up.
To make the remaining loops of the bow, fold the ribbon under, gathering tightly while twisting to re-expose the right side up.
Form the next loop, loop 2, in the same manner.
Next form the third loop.
In the same manner, form loop four. Continue making the desired bow forming all loops, regardless of size, in the same manner.
For tails, cut a piece of ribbon twice the desired tail length and gather under the center of the bow.
Thread a straight floral wire or chenille stem through the center loop of the bow, while holding it securely with your thumb.
Tightly secure all the loops in the center of the bow by twisting the wire. Holding the center of the bow securely shape the loops and form the bow into its desired position.

TIP: Making a lot of bows? Try pushing the wire of each finished bow through a small hole in a large piece of flat cardboard. Bend down the wire and add a small piece of masking tape to hold the wire down. You can put quite a few bows on the cardboard flat in this manner, allowing you to keep them wrinkle free and making them very portable.


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