Today, I will feature part 2 of my 12-week a 12-week do-it-yourself series that focuses on making burlap bows. I am joining the Creative Corner Hop blog link-up at Cherished Treasures, as are many talented do-it-yourselfers; be sure to hop on over and visit a few other creative projects there today!
Today's project will focus on this bow...
I began with these materials. As I described last week, you want to include some type sturdy, wired ribbon to use in your base and as a connecting ribbon to hold it all together. I am using the shame sheer, white ribbon today that I included in last week's tutorial.You will need a base for your bow. I planned to attach this bow to a wreath, so the wire loop served as my base. Weave the wired ribbon under the bottom of your base. (If you want a free-standing bow, then the wired ribbon itself will serve as a base, and you can just lay it flat on the surface of your table/countertop.)
The base bow for this bow will be a fluffed, multi-loop bow. However, this begins with a technique similar to that of the shoe-string bow featured in last week's tutorial. Start with one fold over. Leave a "tail," and cinch the ribbon in the middle of the fold.
Fold the ribbon back again the opposite way to create the loop on the opposite side. Again, cinch the bow in the middle, just behind the previous fold.
Create two-three loops on each side of the bow. Be careful to make each loop close to the same length so it has a nice, proportional look. Lay the bow on top of the base (or the original wired ribbon if you are making a free-standing bow). Pull the wired ribbon around the sides and tie it tightly in the center.
I chose two different ribbon styles: red chevron burlap and red polka dot ribbon. Create several even folds with the ribbon, and then cut along the folds to make several strips that are close to the same length.Layer the strips of the first ribbon style in a criss-cross pattern. Cross the second style on top of those.
Then, cinch all of the strips in the middle.
For a finishing touch, I added two small holiday ball ornaments to the center of the bow.
Here are a few images of my full wreath, once the bow was finished.
As always, if you follow my tutorial, please share pictures of your bow. I always love to see how other projects turn out. I hope this was helpful!