How to tie ribbon bows

May 29, 2011 by  

Having trouble tying that perfect bow?  We have all seen them, the cards and scrapbooking  layouts with a beautiful bow, that lays perfectly.  We all want to know, “how do they get it to look so perfect?”  Well stick around, by the end of this tutorial you will know how to tie ribbon bows that look beautiful!

How to tie ribbon bows

So to get started you are going to need your ribbon and project that your bow will be going on.  In this tutorial I am going to show you how to tie a bow on a card.

First I start with my card laying in front of me.  I measure out a piece of ribbon that will go all the way around the card and make a bow, I give a little extra ribbon for room to play.  Now you are going to start tying like you would any other bow.

Before you start making your loops you are going to turn your card one turn to the left so that your is now horizontal.  See picture below.

It may seem odd but at this point we are going to be tying our bow opposite of the way it is going to be laying once it’s finished.  When I tie my bows, I start with my left side.  Making the loop with the ribbon to my left and using the ribbon the my right to finish off the bow.

Once you finish tying your ribbon it’s going to be laying the wrong way, but don’t worry it will be laying perfect in just a few minute.

Now that you have tied your bow and it looks like this.

You are going to turn your card so it is facing you again.  Once your card is turned toward you it’s time to get it laying straight.  What I do is I hold the middle knot and I take the end of the ribbon on my left side that is going upwards and I pull it down towards me.  Then I do the same with the other side.  One thing to remember when you are pulling the ends of the ribbon you want to mainly pull the top part of the ribbon down towards you.  This is going to make them stay pointing down and help keep your bow laying nice and straight.

Once you have finished adjusting your bow it should be laying perfectly on your project.  I hope that you have found this tutorial on how to tie ribbon bows helpful, for more detailed instructions check out our video.


One Comment on "How to tie ribbon bows"

  1. Scrapbooking Ideas on Tue, 9th Aug 2011 8:15 am 

    I have been scrapbooking for years and I must say that one of the hardest thing to do is make the perfect ribbon way back when I started this hobby. I mastered the technique over the years and for newbies out there this is such a great tutorial! Thanks!

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