Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday School - Bows, bows, and a knot!

Good morning CraftyStealers!

Last week, on National Scrapbooking Day, many of you took part in our challenges on Facebook. One of them called for projects with ribbon - and boy did you all show us some creative ways to use ribbon! We wanted to make sure all of you ribbon lovers have stocked supplies, so today's CraftySteal is an American Crafts ribbon box!

Looking over all of your beautiful ribbon projects, I thought it might be fun to have some bow and knot tutorials for Sunday School today. Especially since (don't laugh) I actually had to RESEARCH how to tie a bow (well, how to tie a pretty bow!) when I first started scrapbooking. It's harder to get those perfect bows than you would think!

So let's start out with the basic bow:

Take a length of ribbon and make two loops (aka "bunny ears").
Cross one loop over and under the other (just like tying a shoe).
Pull through and straighten out, adjusting the middle.
Now you can trim the ends to make sure the length is to your liking. Trim at and angle to make sure they don't fray.  Now you can glue the bow to anything!
Next up, are two ways to tie ribbon directly on your paper - one is a knot, the other takes the knot up a notch and makes it a bow.

For the knot, first you punch your paper using a ribbon or rectangle punch (or cut two slits in the paper if you don't have a punch).
Thread each end into a hole, coming from the front to the back.
Cross one side over the other, and thread the ribbon through the opposite hole, feeding it from back to front.
This is your knot, and you can trim the edges to your desired length.
This next bow, is a little more complicated, but I personally think it looks much more neat than a bow I tie myself and glue on.

First, punch your paper using a ribbon or rectangle punch.
Take a length of ribbon and put each end of the ribbon through one hole, going from front to back. This will become the middle of your bow.
Now, turn your paper over and cross the ribbons in the back.
Bring each ribbon end up through the opposite end it went down through.
Each of these ends will now become the loops of the bow. Take each end back through the holes (going back through the same hole, but don't pull it all the way back out - leave some sticking out - as long or as short as you would like your loops to be).
Now turn the paper over and cross the ribbon ends one more time.
Pull the ribbon ends up through the opposite holes. These will become the tails. You can cut these as long or as short as you would like them to be!
 Pretty, isn't it? So what about you, what is your favorite bow to make? Feel free to share here or on our Facebook wall, we love to learn new techniques!

Also, if you are looking for some inspiration for what to do with all of the ribbon you will get in today's steal, take a look at our Facebook photo album and see the entries for the ribbon challenge - there were a ton of beautiful cards and pages shared! In fact, the first card I posted today, was inspired by this card that Melissa D. posted on our wall (except mine doesn't do hers justice!).

Have a great Sunday, and happy crafting!


  1. omg i flipping looooove this. i love ribbon and love bows but mine never come out good. i'm trying these asap, especially the bottom one. now all i need is that punch lol. this was my first blog read as a new customer and i am impressed. i'll be sticking around for sure! :)

  2. Actually really, really useful, Thank You! <> You are not the only 'bow' challenged person out there!

  3. I have so much trouble tying bows! Thank you for this. I'm adding this post to my "favorites."

  4. thank you so much for this tutorial,I was looking for something to send to my sister,who is having trouble with making bows.This is perfect.I think I will also link to my blog if this is ok?

  5. Thank you so much for this helpful information. In the past I've always strayed from bows on my projects ~ not any more!

  6. Ooohhh I love this....thank you so much for sharing!


  7. LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for the help!!

  8. I'm happy to know I'm not the only person who has been had bow making issues :) I'm happy it's helpful!

    Welcome to the new blog readers!

    Oh, and yes, Magpie, feel free to link to the blog! :)

  9. Thanks for such a great tutorial. I think there's a lot of us who don't like our bow making skills.