Monday, November 11, 2013

DIY: 12 Ways to Make a Burlap Bow, Part 5

Today, I will feature part 5 of a 12-week DIY 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…
Several of my previous bows were featured on larger items such as wreaths and a large gift. Like last week, I am wrapping a smaller present, so my bow is slightly simpler than some of the original styles. This bow is used on the outside of a bag-wrap gift. It is simple, but lovely and oh-so-easy to make. 

I am using these items...

I used tissue paper and a clear gift bag to wrap the smaller gift item. Then, I used a cloth, printed ribbon to tie around the outside of the bag. Tie the knot securely, since this ribbon will provide the base for your bow. This particular ribbon is not a wired-edge ribbon. If you are making a free-standing bow, or if you are not incredibly comfortable making your own bows at this point, I recommend using a wired-edge ribbon for your base; That type is just a bit more manageable.


This bow will be created around a basic shoe-string bow design. Start with one fold over. Leave a "tail," and cinch the ribbon in the middle.
Fold 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. 
Lay the bow on top of the base (or the original wired ribbon if you are making a free-standing bow). Pull the ribbon around both sides of the bow, and tie a knot securely in the center.
 As an accent, create another, smaller shoe-string bow using a patterned ribbon. You follow the same process to make this bow: Start with one fold over. Leave a "tail," and cinch the ribbon in the middle. Fold 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. 
Lay this bow on top of the first one, and once again, use the base ribbon to pull around both sides. Tie a knot securely in the center, and you are finished! Here are a few pictures of my finished package.