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Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Our Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial is so easy! You can even use up scraps and make this bow for any holiday or season. It is crazy and over the top and overflowing with cuteness! Click to read more!


Hi, my name is Theresa, and I am the owner of Theresa’s Bows. Come check my Facebook business page out.

Today I am going to show you my Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial. I love this bow, because it is so versatile. You can use pretty much any print of ribbon, mix and match colors, add in fun stuff like korkers, tulle, and my favorite, marabou. The crazy loops bow looks complicated, but it is fairly easy to make.

For this bow you will need…

1 main piece of 7/8″ ribbon 28 inches long (I used Candy Canes printed ribbon)

1 main piece of 3/8″ ribbon 28 inches long (I used the White/Red/Green Swiss Fun Dots)

5 piles of 7/8″ ribbon spikes, 3/8″ ribbon spikes, tulle bows, Ric Rac, or Korkers – all need to be approx 5 inches long. You can use any combination of solids and printed ribbon, tulle, and Ric Rac. For this tutorial I used 5 inches of each ribbon, tulle color, and Ric Rac color listed:

1 of each – 7/8″ Red, Emerald and White Solid Grosgrain ribbon spikes

1 of each – 7/8″ Red and Emerald Zebra Printed Ribbon spikes

1 of each – 7/8″ Red and Emerald Polka Dot Ribbon spikes

1 of each – 7/8″ Red and Apple Chevron Ribbon spikes

2 – 7/8″ and 3/8″ Silver Metallic Ribbon spikes

2 – 7/8″ Candy Cane Printed Ribbon spikes

1 – 7/8″ Red Moonstitch Ribbon spike

1 – 7/8″ Red/White/Silver Christmas Stripe Ribbon spike

1 – 3/8″ Holiday Hot Traxx spike

1 – 3/8″ Christmas Candy Stripe Ribbon spike

1 – 3/8″ White/Green/Red Swiss Dots Ribbon spike

1 – 3/8″ Red/White/Emerald Stripes Ribbon spike

1 of each – 1/2″ Ric Rac spike in Emerald, Red, and White

5 Emerald Tulle bows

3 – Marabou pieces cut to 3 inches

1 French Barrette – I recommend the 60 mm length

Thread in your choice of color – I picked Spring Green because I thought it was fun

A needle

A lighter to seal your ribbon ends

A hot glue gun and glue sticks

Click the links to see all of the cute ribbon and products here at The Ribbon Retreat!

I know that list looks really long, but the beauty of this bow is you can use whatever you have laying around. This bow is especially good for left over ribbon scraps. Your imagination is really the only limit on this fun bow.

I like to start this bow by getting everything cut, sealed, made, and stacked. I cut the emerald tulle into 5 inch pieces then make tulle bows out of them by stitching your thread up the center of each tulle piece, tying, and securing.

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then I make my 5 piles of ribbon by randomly alternating the 7/8″ and 3/8″ ribbon pieces, Ric Rac, and tulle. You can choose how you want each stack to look, but make sure that all or your printed ribbon is printed side face down.

I suggest at least two 7/8″ ribbon spikes per stack. I use anywhere from two to four 7/8″ spikes, one to two 3/8″ ribbon spikes, one Ric Rac, and one tulle bow.

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then I take the 28″ candy cane and swiss dot ribbon, cut spikes in each end and heat seal them. Then I stack the 3/8″ ribbon on top of the 7/8″ ribbon and secure it to the barrette. (It may be helpful to pull out the center piece to the barrette while you are working).

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I make six 5 inch (approx.) loops across the barrette securing each loop with thread as I go along. Then I secure the ribbon at the end in the same manner that I secured at the beginning of the barrette.

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Next you will want to thread your needle once again with a good amount of thread. Take your 1st stack of ribbon, tulle, and Ric Rac and secure the needle through the center of the stack (making sure the printed side is face down towards your working surface). Then wrap the thread around the center of your stack a couple times and fold in half.

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Starting at one end go between your first set of loops and secure in your 1st ribbon stack by taking the thread and wrapping it around your barrette several times and then secure it with a knot.

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Repeat these step for the remaining stack and spaces between the loops. Once you are done getting each stack secured fan out your ribbon, tulle, and Ric Rac until you like the look of your bow. Once again with this bow ANYTHING goes.

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Once you have the bow the way you want it to look, take your 3 marabou puffs and choose where you want them to be and secure them into the bow with a dab of hot glue.

Re-attach your center clip into your French barrette and there you have it an adorable Crazy Loops Bow perfect for your sweet girl at Christmas (or any season!)

Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial - Use up ribbon scraps to create an over the top bow you will love! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I hope you enjoyed the Crazy Loops Bow Tutorial as much as I did making it.


Thank you so much Theresa!

This bow is so much fun to make and you really can go over the top, which is so fun for Christmas and the holidays!

The Ribbon Retreat carries a HUGE selection of ribbon, tulle, Ric Rac, and so many other products that will help make your Crazy Loops Bow absolutely adorable. Click the links to see all your options!

And if you love this bow, but just don’t want to make one of your own, visit Theresa’s Bows and see about getting one made for you!

For more Christmas tutorials click here and here… we have so much!

Happy Holiday Crafting!

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Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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10 Comments

  1. Shanna
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    If I use the lengths of ribbon suggested, what size bow will I end up with?
    Btw love the bow so Cute!!!
    Thanks

  2. Posted December 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Shanna my bow measures 5 inches across

  3. Michelle
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much!! This is so much easier than the way I do it!!

  4. diane L.
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    When U fold the stack IN HALF … I don’t see in what direction do U fold it??

  5. Posted December 27, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    You want to fold the stack wrong side facing in and prints facing outwards.

  6. Jessica
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Hi, how are you securing the ribbon to the barrette? With a needle and thread?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica, Yes, the ribbon is secured to the barrette by wrapping thread around it to the barrette. Hope this helps! – Shirley 🙂

  7. becky cook
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Do you ever hold classes to learn to make these beauty’s??

    • Michelle
      Posted March 9, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Becky. Thank you for your question. Yes, we do have classes to learn to make bows, sew super cute bags, skirts, etc. Go to our website and scroll to the bottom of the page and click the tab “Local Events.” You can also learn to make more adorable bows on our YouTube channel. Again go to our website and click on the YouTube tab at the top of the page on your right hand side. Thanks Becky!

  8. Rebeca
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Any chance you can share how to make something like this, maybe not so big, on an alligator clip?? or a shoe clip? I have a customer wanting something like this for her daughters shoes. I think I’ll need a shoe clip though.
    Thanks

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