Stacked St. Patrick’s Day Bow

Stacked St. Patrick's Day Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}
This is my first big bow!

I’ve made some before that I called big,
but I don’t think I knew what I was talking about. 🙂

I just went all out with this one and learned a lot.

First, I tried out the Inside Out Technique for the first layer. Click the link for the instructions. It was way more difficult than I thought it would be!

Thankfully, it is the bottom layer (which is generally where it is used unless it’s a half bow). It may not be as pretty, but it gives the bow a lot of volume.

I used Emerald Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in 1 1/2″ and it is a little over five inches.

For the second layer I tried out spikes again. This time I finally made them big enough! Yay!

I just did a bunch of different ribbons, trying to get that full boutique style bow.

I cut each ribbon to be 6 inches and cut off a little to make a V cut in the ends.

I used these ribbons-

Lemongrass Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in 1 1/2″
layered with Emerald Solid Grosgrain in 3/8″.
Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon in 7/8″
Apple Green/White Polka Dots Ribbon in 7/8″
Emerald Shamrocks Ribbon in 7/8″
White Solid Grosgrain in 7/8″ layered with Lime Stripes Ribbon in 3/8″

For the next layer, I did the Surround-A-Bow technique. Click the link for the instructions. These are super hard for me! I can get the shape and then completely lose it when I tie it off. It still ended up looking okay on the bow. Phew!

I used Lemongrass/White and Emerald/White Swiss Dots Ribbon in 3/8″.

The Lemongrass/White ribbon is 4 1/2″ and the Emerald/White ribbon is 4″.

I learned that I am not very good at the Twisted Boutique Technique. Click the link for the instructions. Ah! I can get it just fine until I am tying the thread around it. I have a really hard time keeping the bow intact while pulling it together. I know practice makes perfect, so I better get practicing. This bow didn’t turn out too badly.

I used Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon in 7/8″. This bow is 3 1/2″ wide.

I lined my French Barrette clip with Lime Stripes Ribbon.

I put all the layers together and finished off the bow with a flat center using Lemongrass/White Swiss Dots ribbon.

You can’t have a huge boutique bow without a resin, right?!

So I got this cute shamrock resin and hot glued it to the center.

It turned out so cute! It was a lot of work, and I really admire all of you who make these bows everyday.

Stacked St. Patrick's Day Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Speaking of which :), if you have some cute St. Patrick’s Day bows you want to show off, let me know by sending me an email with a picture at

For your information, I haven’t been writing down what setting of the bow maker I use to make all of the bows. In the future, as I make new bows, I will make sure to include what setting was used, as well as the finished size of the bow. I hope this will be more helpful. If you have any other requests or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks! 🙂

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  1. Lanae
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVE it!! You did a great job!

  2. becky
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Super cute, you did a great job!!

  3. becky
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Did you get the resin from the ribbon retreat too?

    • Shirley
      Posted March 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Yep! If you click resin in the post, or even on the picture, it will take you straight to the resins on TRR. 🙂

  4. Shannon
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! What do you use to tie the bows in the center? It looks thicker than regular thread.

    • Shirley
      Posted March 3, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      It was just regular thread. 🙂 I don’t know if this is normal for most bow makers, but I double my thread so that might be why it looks thicker.

  5. Jenny
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    How do you mske the inside out technique and also the twisted and surround a bow technique?? Or could you tell me where I could go to learn how to do those styles? Thanks

    • Shirley
      Posted July 11, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Jenny! All of the techniques we use can be found in our Tricks Of The Trade Hair Bow Instructions. Not only can you find how to make those techniques, but tons more! It’s awesome! It also gives lots and lots of examples.

  6. Posted August 10, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I don’t use a bow maker for my bows, so I’m not sure how that works. But if you sew your boutique bows through the middle accordion-style before tying the thread around, they don’t lose their shape. Hope this helps! 🙂

    LOVE all the free instructions on here! I’m very interested in trying this type of bow for my shop. I’ve never done the surrounding loops, so it should be interesting, lol. Thank you for providing a starting point for me! 🙂

    – Jessi
    (Princess Ribbit Bows)

  7. Posted August 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I finally got a chance to try this bow out. 🙂 This is what I came up with –

    And a pigtail version –

    I see a lot of possibilities for this bow. I think I’m going to try some other combinations if/when I get some free time, lol.

    Thanks again for the how to! 🙂

    – Jessi
    (Princess Ribbit Bows)

    • Shirley
      Posted August 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      Those turned out SO cute!!!! Great job!

  8. Verna Hebert
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I cannot get the inside-out or twisted bows to look right. It never looks like the one demostrated.

  9. Jennifer Daniels
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    I wanted to thank you for your bows. I have made a few and love them. Im enjoying the bow making hobby. If you are interested Ill share some pictures of my bows the next time I am online. If it wasnt for this one, then I prolly would not have even attempted this. Thank you again and I will try and get the pictures to you asap.

    • Shirley
      Posted September 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      You’re so welcome Jennifer! I would love to see your bows!

  10. Jennifer Daniels
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink here is where my bows are located! Let me know what you think of them please. Im very excited with this! Working on my next ones as we speak!

    • Shirley
      Posted September 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Very cute, Jennifer!! I love the last football one! They are all so much fun!

  11. Lynde
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Do you sell them?

    • Shirley
      Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Lynde! I am not sure if you are asking me or someone else who’s commented, but if you are asking me, no, I don’t sell bows. Although, maybe I should! 🙂

  12. Erin Sanders
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I love the bow its awesome!

  13. Jeanne
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Love it! I am making bows too and this one is adorable

    • Shirley
      Posted October 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jeanne!

  14. maria
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Do you sell bows. If you already told us that well im sorry i don’t have my glasses on right now.

    • Shirley
      Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Maria! I don’t sell bows. I really probably have only made about 25 in my life. There are lots and lots of bow makers that buy their supplies from us and they are amazing! Check out our Link Parties where a lot of them link up and see how wonderful they are. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  15. maria cisneros
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Do you sell bows?

  16. brandy
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Where did you find the Luck of the Irish ribbon? I cant find it on ribbon retreat.

    • Shirley
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Hi Brandy! This particular ribbon is now unavailable from the manufacturer. Sorry about that! We do have our new Leprechaun ribbon that is so cute!

  17. Yali
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I want to know the instructions to make the one that has a bunch of different ribbons, the second layer. Thanks!!

    • Shirley
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      The instructions are in our TOTT Hair Bow Instructions along with tons of other techniques. Basically you cut all your ribbons, layer them and move them into sort of an X. When you like it, stitch through the center. You can also crease the center if you’d like. Hope that helps! 🙂

  18. Shirley
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Great Job. Loved the help Thank You.

  19. Amy
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    While I’ve not made any bows yet (I have TONS of ribbon for it) I’ve seen the surround-a-bow technique simplified by hot gluing each loop in the center before moving to the next one. Maybe that would make it easier for you to make. 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

      Hi Amy, absolutely! This was a long time ago and now I even have a tutorial doing that! 🙂 Thanks for commenting! I should probably update this post with some of our fabulous tutorials! Have a great day! – Shirley 🙂

  20. The Ribbon Retreat
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Janet! This is a very old post, but we now offer our instructions for free. I have updated the post with links to the instructions for each technique. This should help. Thank you! – Shirley 🙂

  21. AMANDA
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    i have learned instead of using thread forthe middle its easier for me to use the very small wire ties to bring the bow together in the middle

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 2, 2014 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for your tip! Small wire is a great alternative to using thread! We love to hear our fabulous reader’s tips and tricks. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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