Monday, December 30, 2013

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

Good morning! This post will feature the final part of a 12-week DIY series that focuses on making burlap bows. As usual, 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
You will need the following items to create this bow. Please note that I decided to use a thinner version of the white ribbon when I actually began making the bow. You could use this size as well, but I decided that a thin ribbon would fit my design better. The wider ribbon (1 inch) will serve the same purpose, so if that's all you have, it is fine!
 My bow is going to be an embellishment on a wreath, so I began with a plain burlap wreath.
I targeted the area in which I wanted to attach the bow and pushed the burlap aside to reveal the floral wire frame on which the wreath is built. Then, I pulled one strip of white ribbon underneath the center wire, as seen below. As previously mentioned, you could also use the wider ribbon at this point as well.
Use the wide burlap to begin creating a basic shoestring bow. Start with one fold over to create a single loop. Cinch the burlap ribbon securely across the center, leaving a tail approximately 4-6 inches in length.
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 across the base, where you initially attached the white ribbon. Pull the ribbon around both sides of the bow, in the middle, and tie a secure knot.

 Trim the remaining ribbon to match the length of the first "tail."
Then, repeat this same process to make another shoestring bow with the chevron, wire-edge ribbon. Start with one fold over to create a single loop. Cinch the burlap ribbon securely across the center, leaving a tail approximately 4-6 inches in length.
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 first burlap bow. Pull the same white ribbon around both sides of the bow, in the middle, and tie a secure knot.

Now, cut a short length of the chevron, wire-edge ribbon. 8-10 inches should be plenty, but it's always better to have to much ribbon and trim a bit than to not have enough, so judge this part according to the size of the wreath or other base to which you are attaching the bow. 
 Lay the ribbon strip over the center of the bow, covering the white ribbon in the center. Wrap the ribbon around both sides, and pull it through the wire frame beneath the bow.
Tie a simple knot on the back, behind the bow, to secure this center strip of fabric. This is what the back side of my wreath looks like, where I pulled the strip through the top and bottom spaces of the wire frame.
 This is what the front view of the finished bow will look like! Make sure you trim the length of the "tails" on the chevron bow to be slightly shorter than the larger bow behind it.
Here are a couple of additional shots of my finished bow and the full wreath.

If my tutorial hasn't been quite helpful enough for you, and you would like to simply purchase this bow or the wreath, both are now available in The Tally Tales Etsy store!