How to Make a Multilayered, Houndstooth Patterened Bow with Tail

Welcome back to RibbonBazaar.com’s weekly web series that features how to make a variety of bows and other creatives.

In our second episode, we create a multilayered bow with a small loop in its center and a traditional-cut tail. It features an inner layer of four smaller loops and an outer layer of six larger loops. We use some scissors, 2-1/2″ wired houndstooth ribbon and floral wire to tie it in place.

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• Welcome back to RibbonBazaar.com’s weekly webseries on how to make bows!
• In this episode, we use a wired taffeta houndstooth-patterned ribbon to make a multi-layered bow.
• Just like last week, we need some florist wires to tie the bow, scissors to cut the ribbon, and a ruler to craft the bow to the desired size.
• We begin by measuring and cutting a yard of the ribbon to make the bow’s tail.
• Next, fold the ribbon in half length-wise and then half again width-wise.
• And then cut the ribbon diagonally as shown, to get the classic look for a bow’s tail.
• We can start crafting the bow’s loops by rolling a small amount of ribbon for the bow’s center.
• In our last episode, we showed this technique where our crafter turns the ribbon 180 degrees after each loop.
• To be honest, it wasn’t really necessary for that ribbon because it looked the same on both sides.
• But the importance of twisting the ribbon becomes apparent with this ribbon, because the houndstooth pattern is more visible on one side as compared to the other.
• So after each loop of the bow, we twist it to the opposite side so that the side we actually want to show is on the outside of each loop in the bow.
• Now that we’ve made the four smaller loops in the inner layer, we can move on to the six larger loops that will make up the outer layer.
• And as we speed this up, you can see how she tries her best to keep all these loops roughly the same length.
• We then cut the ribbon,
• And bring together the tail and the bow in one hand as shown.
• Then taking two florist wires, we run them through the center loop and wrap them around the bow and tail until taught, twisting until secure.
• Now, we take the flattened bow and, starting with the inner layer, we pull apart the smaller loops in four directions around the center loop.
• We then continue with the outer layer by pulling apart the larger loops in a symmetric fashion so that it all fits together.
• We’ll speed this up as our crafter finishes aligning all the loops and using the wire in the houndstooth ribbon’s edge to fluff up and given shape to the bow.
• And there you have it!
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How to Make an 8 Loop Bow with Tail

Welcome to RibbonBazaar.com’s weekly web series that features how to make a variety of bows and other creatives.

In this first episode, we create a classic 8-looped bow with a small loop in its center and a traditional-cut tail. We use some scissors, 1-1/2″ multicolored wired taffeta ribbon and floral wire to tie the ribbon in place.

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• Welcome to RibbonBazaar.com’s weekly webseries on how to make bows!
• In this first episode, we show you how to make a classic 8 looped plus one bow with tail.
• As you can see, we have some florist wires to tie the bow with and, of course, scissors to cut the ribbon with.
• We start by unrolling some ribbon to make the tail of the bow. We do this first since we will need both hands to make the bow.
• Next, we cut the ribbon to 18 inches but you may adjust it to how long you want the tail.
• Now, line up the tail section together to fold it in half.
• Then take the ends of the tail and fold them together as shown.
• We can now finish off the tail of the bow by cutting diagonally to get the classic ribbon look.
• Now, for the bow, start by unrolling a bit of ribbon, and make a small loop that can be crimped together with your thumb and forefinger as shown.
• This will make the small loop at the center of the bow.
• Next, we enter a series of repeating steps of twisting the ribbon 180°, flattening it on one side, twisting another 180°, flattening it on the opposite side, and keep repeating until you have four flattened loops on each side.
• Let’s have a look at two more loops to get a better feel for it.
• In fact, let’s speed things up a bit here.
• Now that the flattened bow is complete, hold the center of the tail underneath the center of the bow and crimp it in place.
• Holding the bow plus tail in one hand, grab two florist wires with the other and run them through the center loop.
• Then bring it down across the folded tail, tying everything together.
• Finish off by twisting the wires until it’s all taut.
• Finally, separate each loop of the bow until it forms a circle.
• And taking advantage of the ribbon’s wire, go through each loop to puff up and give shape to the bow’s loops.
• We’ll speed things up for you here but you get the idea.
• And there you have it!
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