How To Make A Twisted Boutique Bow

How To Make A Twisted Boutique Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}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.

All you need is ribbon and a needle and thread.
To finish it off, you will need matching ribbon, a clip, and a hot glue gun.

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 finished my bow with 3/8″ White Solid Grosgrain Ribbon to wrap around the center, and then tied a knot in 5/8″ Island Blue Solid Grosgrain Ribbon and added spikes and glued it down.

I hope this tutorial was easy to follow, and please, let me know if you have any questions! :)

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36 Comments

  1. Posted September 25, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Cute! I love the houndstooth ribbon. So adorable!

  2. Stephanie
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I am relatively new to bow making and I have the TOTT instructions, but this way to make the twisted boutique bow is so much easier! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much!

  3. Jamie J.
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I don’t know how many differ ways I have tried to make this bow and haven’t it hasn’t some out. I tried it this was once and I got it. =0)

  4. Amanda
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    This is how I started making bows even before I had directions for anything. I find this the simplest of the bows to make.

  5. Posted September 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU!!!! These instructions look SO much easier that the TOTT instructions. I can’t tell you how much time, ribbon and frustration I’ve put into trying to make this bow (without success!) I can’t wait to try this out :) The TOTT instructions should be updated to include this method.

  6. amy
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I am going to give this a try tonight! And you are right. You need a lot of patience and practice to get the bow just right. I still have not mastered the technique but I am getting there. Also would like to ask if anyone out there has ever ordered anything off a website called Sweetbabybowtique.com?

  7. Emilyh
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Awesome easy directions. My bows turned out really good. Thanks for such a wonderful site

  8. Sara
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I have used this method too, but I have figured out how make tails using this method. It is really simple. You just need to put one end of the ribbon on top of the center and the other end of the ribbon under the center. Measure down the ends of the ribbon the length that you want your tails and line that measurement up with the center. I use a stick pin in the center to keep everything in place and to make adjusting the loops simpler. Then you just finish the bow following the rest of the steps. Love this method!

  9. Deborah
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial!

  10. Stephanie
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I have tried to make this bow a million times and I always end up with one side loopy and the other side straight. Anyone ever had this problem and learned how to fit it? I would love some pointers.

    • Shirley
      Posted September 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Stephanie! Take a picture of your final bow and send it to me at shirley@theribbonretreat.com so I can see what you mean. Then I will try my best to give some suggestions on how to fix it. Thanks!

  11. Alejandra
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    Hi,love it!! thank you very much

  12. Berg the bow maker
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much! I really love how you just layer the know on top of the bow istead of wrapping it! Good Idea!

    • Shirley
      Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Berg! I really felt weird not wrapping it, but I love how it turned out. :)

  13. Berg the bow maker
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I meant layer the knot on top of the bow

  14. Crystal
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    This tutorial is amazing. Thank you so much for posting it!! Going to try it out tonight!

  15. Posted April 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    The bow is gorgeous! It’s perfect for gift wrapping or decorating. Love the print on the ribbon as well.

  16. Holly
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    How would I do this with bigger ribbon for a bigger bow plus a tail?

  17. Hannah
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I love your site! It looks clean, fresh and it is a useful source for fellow bow makers:)

  18. Janet
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    First time I’ve been able to make a twisted boutique bow come out right! Being from Alabama, houndstooth is almost our signature pattern (a la Bear Bryant). I have to get me some houndstooth ribbon and embellish it with crimson! I’d like directions on making this bow with tails?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Janet! I haven’t tried it, and honestly, I would probably just cut a spike and layer it in there lol, but one of our commenters on this post said “I have used this method too, but I have figured out how make tails using this method. It is really simple. You just need to put one end of the ribbon on top of the center and the other end of the ribbon under the center. Measure down the ends of the ribbon the length that you want your tails and line that measurement up with the center. I use a stick pin in the center to keep everything in place and to make adjusting the loops simpler. Then you just finish the bow following the rest of the steps. Love this method!” Let me know if you have troubles and I’ll try tackling it. – Shirley :)

  19. marcee
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I made it! And it looks great!! Thank you so much :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      I am so happy to hear that Marcee! Thanks for your comment! – Shirley :)

  20. Krystal
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    What size was the houndstooth ribbon that you used? You mentioned the size of the white and blue, but not the houndstooth! Thank you!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Krystal! Sorry about that! 7/8″. – Shirley :)

  21. Krystal
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I figured that it was, but just wanted to be sure!

  22. Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been making bows for some time and for some reason the twisted bow videos never made sense to me but this did! Thank you so much! I did figure out how to make tails with this type as well.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Hi! Yay! I am so glad this video was helpful for you! These bows are so fun to make! Thank you for your comment! Michelle :)

  23. Gelicia
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    hi, i havent started making bows yet but i will these are very helpful. i’m a hairstylist with a child based clientele and i can’t wait to spruce my little ones up. thank you !

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Gelicia! Thank you for your comment, and we are so happy that this tutorial has been helping you begin your bow making journey. Good luck with your bows and thank you again Gelicia! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  24. ANA
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I love these website its a lot information. thanks you.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ana! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  25. Linda
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I was wondering if the blue ribbon is 7/8 or 5/8? Thanks in advance :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much for your question. The ribbon used was Blue Island in 5/8″. Thank you and good luck making your bow. Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  26. Linda
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I noticed another lady meantioned that one side of her bow would always turn out twisted and the other side would’nt. I was wondering if you ever figured out what she was doing wrong because I seem to have the same problem with mine. I also want to thank you for all of your wonderful tutorials!

  27. Posted March 19, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    I wanted to thank you for this wonderful read!! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it.

    I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

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