The Twisted Boutique Bow
This is a VERY popular bow!
And there are tons of ways to make it.
Many of you may have learned how to make this bow through our Tricks of the Trade Hair Bow Instructions, where it gives you techniques for tons of bows! That’s where I learned how to make it.
This is a different technique to use, especially if you don’t want tails.
First you need to decide on how big you want your bow to be.
These bows look great huge or little, as a base for a big stacked bow, or as a center.
Once you know how big your bow is, you will use this formula to figure out how much ribbon to cut. For example, if you want a 3″ bow, you need to add 1 1/2″ to 3″ and then times it by 4. 3 + 1.5 = 4.5. Then times 4.5 x 4 = 18″. Using this formula, you will cut 18″ of ribbon for a 3″ bow.
Cut your ribbon and seal your ends.
Get your needle and thread ready.
Double your thread and make a knot on the end.
Fold your ribbon in half and mark the center.
Now lay your ribbon vertical.
Bring the top of the ribbon down and turn it so the right side is facing down (or the wrong side.)
Repeat with the other end of the ribbon.
Bring this end up in the opposite direction you used with the top end.
For this tutorial, I used ribbon adhesive so I could show what the technique looks like.
You can do the same thing just by putting adhesive on the end of the ribbon.
Just know, this does limit how much you can move the bow around at the end.
Now take the top part of the loop and bring it to the center.
Make sure both loops are even.
Repeat with the bottom loop.
Next we are going to secure the bow with your needle and thread.
Put your needle in the center of the bow.
Pick up the bow and bring the needle halfway through the bow.
Here is where you will do a little more straightening of the bow.
Pull the loops to the shape that you like.
When you’ve got your shape (and make sure to hold it tight with your finger and thumb),
pull the needle and thread all the way through.
Bring the thread up and around and back up, tightening as you go.
When you tighten the thread (while holding your shape), create an accordion style crease
in the center of the bow.
Tighten the thread until there is no more give and then go around 1 – 2 more times.
Take a couple stitches in the back to secure the thread.
Now your bow is done and ready to be added to a clip or to a bigger bow.
For Beginners: This bow is a difficult bow.
It takes a lot, and I mean A LOT, of practice so don’t get discouraged.
I have made many bows using this technique, and I still struggle.
The bows you see on this blog are most likely not my first attempt.
For this bow (this was my second attempt), I hot glued some of the loops together in the back so they would hold their shape better. The picture below shows where I put my glue.
This bow is really fun and so popular!
I especially love this Houndstooth Ribbon.
I hope this tutorial was easy to follow, and please, let me know if you have any questions!