I remember wishing as a child- and later as an adult- that I had half the crafting ability of our Great Aunt Martha. She made Martha Stewart look like an unimaginative slacker. And I LIKE Martha Stewart. (I also wish Aunt Martha had lived to see Pinterest–she would have LOVED it!)
In my twenties, I went on a wreath-decorating bender. Being flummoxed by the thought of making a fancy, foofy bow I almost gave up. I can’t cut a straight line. I can’t do origami. But that year, I found simple directions for a bow that changed my view of crafting forever. I have long-since lost those original directions (that were ON a roll of ribbon–genius!) but here’s the gist of it:
To make a bow that is approximately 5 & 1/2 inches wide and 5 & 1/2 inches long you will need:
46 inches of wide ribbon (with or without wire)
4 inch-long piece of craft wire or needle and thread (wish I’d thought of that sooner.)
PART ONE/ The Foofy Part:
First, cut 12, 10, and 8 inch pieces of ribbon. (This part is flexible; if you desire a larger bow, start bigger. Make three lengths that decrease in size by 2 and 4 inches. ie: 18, 16 &14 inches.)
Fold the ends of each piece to meet in the middle.
Part Two: The Constants
Cut a four-inch length of ribbon to use as a cover-up later, and a four-inch piece of craft wire
(OR use needle and thread. That’s what I should have done instead of the wire). It doesn’t matter what size bow you make; the wire and the cover-up are still 4 inches long each. You should have one 12-inch length of ribbon left. That will be the tail later.
Next, bend the wire like so:
Part Three: The Mechanics
Starting with the smallest loop, poke wire through.
Add medium and large loops to the wire. If you’re smart, you can sew all three together at once instead of messing with the %$@! wire.
Remember the other 4-inch piece of ribbon? The cover-up? Use it to hide the wire (or thread) by centering it over the wire on top of the bow and securing it on the back with the wires that are poking out.
Next, you should have a 12-inch section of ribbon remaining. Fold it like so (below) and trim triangles out of each tail.
Almost done! Attach the tail using the wire still sticking out the back of your bow. Twist said wire to secure it all together.
Fluff the bow to desired foofiness. TA-DAH!!
I swear, it took less than 10 minutes to make this bow. Writing this post took a lot longer. The moral of the story is:
Don’t assume only perfectionists can make cool stuff.
Another GREAT IDEA that’s fast, cheap, and easy…brought to you by the Pajari Girls. 🙂
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