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How to Make a Perfect Double Bow

Last holiday season I posted a tutorial on how to make glitter ornaments. The questions about that tutorial keep on coming - and it's now about the ornaments so much as the bow on top!

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So today we're talking all about how to make the perfect (double) bow.  Silhouette School weekly contributors Becky and Glenna from My Paper Craze are here to share their expertise in the bow making department!

What's an ornament without a cute little bow for flair? Today, we'll show you how to make an easy double bow in less than a minute with nothing but your fingers and some ribbon. It's not exactly a Silhouette tutorial, but it is definitely need-to-know for crafters!

First, you need some thin ribbon, preferably double-sided. I specifically chose not to use double-sided ribbon, just in case you were wondering what the big deal is. Measure out about 32 inches, give or take a little. You can always trim the excess.

Now grab your ribbon and follow along! 

Pinch the ribbon about one-fourth of the way down and drape it over you fingers.

Take the longer piece of ribbon and loop it back around your two fingers. Pay close attention to the photos and how the ribbon is looped around each finger. 

On the second time down, you'll come back to the front of your fingers instead underneath.

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Loop back up around the tip of your finger and loop to the left.

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Now tuck the end of your loose piece of ribbon through your two fingers, where they come together at your hand.

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Pull the loose ribbon end around the back and tuck it under where the ribbon crosses (kind of like tying your shoes).

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At this point, you can cinch it up and pull the loops together to make the bow.

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Now just slide it off your fingers and fluff your loops until you're satisfied. If it doesn't come out the first time, don't despair, you can actually untie this and try again with the same piece of ribbon!

Can you see the difference with not using the double-sided ribbon? It's not a huge difference, it's more personal preference, but double-sided ribbon is recommended for consistency in the design. Now on to more crafting, you have to make ornaments to put all these bows on!

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  1. Did you really mean 32 inches, or 12? Looks like a quick way to tie bows. Thanks.

  2. Any chance you can make a video? I follow but don't get a bow. LOL

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    2. the final tie through comes from the bottom & not the top like the picture showed.

  3. Agreed - mine isn't coming out as a bow either. A video would be awesome! :)

  4. This piece of writing gives clear idea designed for the new viewers of blogging, that actually how to do blogging.

  5. What size is the design on the glitter ornaments? Thank you!

  6. It's good until here. "At this point, you can cinch it up and pull the loops together to make the bow." I am unable to figure out the missing step. Never made a bow before.

  7. I thought it was me, I'm like, no, I know theres a missing step!

  8. take the one at her thumb "aka the starting point" and feed it around the one that just came through and up through thr same way the other one just came down through to cinch it.


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