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Perfection Made Easy: Bows…

I can’t tell you how many times I have taught how to make that perfect little bow. Many of us get frustrated trying and tying,  to tie that perfect little embellishment, the bow. Here are a few tips and tricks for you to try.



On many of our cards we like to use a simple square knot and not a bow. This is true on most masculine cards.


Begin with your ribbon wrapped around your card or project with ends pointing away from you.

Cross the left end over the right end. Wrap the left end around through the center and pull through.

Make sure to pull gently to avoid twisting or wrinkling your ribbon.

Place you finger on the middle to hold the ribbon tight.

Cross right end over the left end, wrap it around and pull it through the center.

Pull knot gently.



This is a great way to make a bow if you don;t want to wrap it around anything. Once made, secure the bow with a Glue Dot.


Fold the ribbon to form two bunny ear shapes.

Tie the two bunny ears together, left over right.

Pull gently and don’t forget to trim those edges as desired.


Once you’ve mastered the Classic Bow you might want to experiment tying these two other bows. You may even come up with a few of your own. For these bows I used Regal Rose 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and Pretty-In-Pink 1/4″ Grosgrain.



Choose two different widths and colors of ribbon.

Cut the widest ribbon the longest and the narrowest ribbon shorter.

Trim ends as desired.

Layer the ribbons with the longest ribbon on the bottom and the shortest on top.

Tie the stacked ribbons, with another piece of ribbon, in the center.

If you want you can trim the tails or, if it’s long enough, use it to tie around your card or project.



Cut a piece of ribbon twice the desired length of the finished bow you want.

Form into a loop and secure ends together with a GLUE Dot. Place another Glue Dot in between top and bottom, and flatten together in the center.

Wrap another piece of ribbon around the center and adhere ends to the back of the bow.


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Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Technique Week, Monday: Perfect Bow Method…

Reef Knot Bow Detail

This is the beginning of Technique Week here at the Lakeside Stamper. Everyday this week a different technique will be featured. so, sit back, learn, take notes, print out directions and enjoy the process…

How many of you have trouble making a bow??? I know my class ladies always ask about how to make a bow. Here are written directions for you to print out and follow. You’ll get the perfect bow every time with this method, so go ahead and order all of those beautiful Stampin’ Up! ribbons.
This bow is different then the, “Granny Knot” bow where the knot and the bow are tied in the same direction. The directions for this bow are based on the, “Reef Knot,” where the knot and the bow are tied in the same directions. Because they are tied in the same directions, the bow will sit straight and stay secure, so you don’t have to worry about the bow coming un-done.
  Reef Knot Bow

 Start by tying a simple knot crossing the left side over the right.

Using the ribbon in your right hand, form a loop; hold the base between your thumb and middle finger.
Next, take the length on the left and bring it around the back of the loop in your right hand and around to the front.
Push that piece of ribbon, with your left hand, feeding a loop through the hole.
Grab the “new” loop with your right hand and grab the first loop with your left hand and pull in opposite directions.
You can adjust the bow by pulling on the loops or the tails.
Once you mastered this directions you’ll be able to make perfect bows every time!
EMAIL me any questions you might have for my Q & A column.
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