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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!