Time for Presents Birthday Bow

Time for Presents Birthday Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}“Mom, I’m wearing my pink shirt tomorrow. Will you make me a new bow to match it? And, make it special so everyone knows it’s my birthday?”

Normally I don’t give in to her demands, but it was her birthday so I caved and made her a birthday headband, perfect for the little diva that she is.

I should tell you that I’m not always very organized when it comes to crafting.
I’m kind of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type crafter.

So, please bear with me if this tutorial is all over the place.
I started out with the intention of making a birthday bow, then in the middle of making it I decided to make a headband instead.

That being said, not all of the materials needed are pictured.

Time for Presents Birthday Bow

1 1/2″ Grosgrain Ribbon
7/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
a small square of foam
Needle and Thread
Rotary cutter
Glue gun and Glue sticks
Fray Check or a lighter

Start out by cutting the white (or whatever color you choose) 7/8″ ribbon.
You’ll need to cut three 5 1/2″ strips and four 3″ strips.

Seal your edges with Fray Check.

Or singe with a lighter.

As I began brainstorming about what kind of bow to make
(one that would let everyone know it was Daisey’s birthday, mind you)
it occurred to me to make a birthday present.

My first thought was to wrap a Jenga block in ribbon.
Then, I thought about her tripping and falling on her head.
A Jenga block would really hurt!

What would cushion her little blonde head in case of a fall?
Something soft and “pillow like”.
Foam, of course! Thank goodness I had some!

My dad laughed at me when I rescued the foam pieces from the trash after he made the mattresses for the girls’ doll beds. Who’s laughing now?

I’ll admit, I’m a pack rat. But, it often comes in handy, especially in crafting!

If you do not have any foam on hand you can find it at most stores
(craft stores, home improvement stores, etc.)

Begin gluing the end of the foam.

Don’t laugh at my glue gun! Old Blue is 12 years old and still truckin! Barely…

Glue down one of the four 3″ strips of ribbon.
You’re going to be gluing 2 strips down, so be sure to leave room by starting on the side.

Glue a second ribbon on to the foam.
Glue it next to and overlapping the first ribbon.

Turn the block over and repeat the gluing process.

Now that you have both ends glued down wrap the ribbon ends around the foam.

Using one of the 5″ strips of ribbon you want to cover the 3″ ribbon ends and all the way around the foam block. Add hot glue a little bit at a time, wrapping the ribbon as you go.

After you’ve wrapped the ribbon all the way around add more glue and hold tight to secure it.

Do the same on the other side of the foam block.
For instance, I started gluing on the left side of the block, so I will glue on the right side next.

Make sure to glue and pinch sides so there are no gaps between the ribbon and the foam.

Finish up the foam block by gluing the third piece of ribbon down the middle.

Now “wrap your present” using the black 3/8″ ribbon.
Attach the ribbon to the front of the present with a small dot of hot glue.

Repeat with a second strip of ribbon.

Make sure the ribbon is secure on the top and the bottom.

I thought about just tying the black ribbon into a bow.
Then, I decided that korkers were more fun! And, so cute!

When I make korkers I don’t just make a couple.
I get out all of my dowels and all of my clothespins so I can make a whole “batch” of korkers
for future bows and projects.

The Ribbon Retreat offers free instructions on how to make Korker bows.
Click the link to learn how to make them.

Make sure you’ve cut and sealed your korker ribbons so that they don’t fray.

There are a few different ways to secure the korkers.
I like to sew mine together with a needle and thread.

I didn’t count how many korker ribbons I used. It’s really up to you.

When you feel like your korker bow looks complete sew through all the layers of ribbon
2 or 3 times, then knot your thread and tie off.

After sewing the korker ribbons together I decided they were too big for the present.
So, I trimmed them down and re-sealed them.

Using a new strand of thread, knot and anchor it down to the present before you attach the korker.

Pinching the korker ribbon ends together (so they don’t get tangled in the thread as you’re sewing)
sew through the bottom of the korker.

Sew through the korker bow 2 or 3 more times to anchor it to the present. Tie off.

Oh! It’s so cute and tiny!

This is when I decided to make a headband instead of a bow.

Why? I really don’t know. Sometimes I just let my creative side take over
and throw the plan out the window. I’m trying to get better at this,
but remember there are no rules in crafting. Just be creative!

Gather together your headband and 1 1/2″ Pink/Black Polka Dots Ribbon.

Glue the ribbon down a little at a time, smoothing it as you go.
Leave a 2-3″ tail on both sides. You’re going to need it to fold under the headband.

Flip the headband over and begin gluing the ribbon down 2-3″ past the top ribbon.

Fill in the gaps with hot glue, smoothing the ribbon as you go.

I was going to just fold the top ribbon under but decided to trim the ribbon down in an angle instead.
Again, that creative side takes over and I go with it!

Make sure to seal the edges of the cut ribbon or they will fray.

Now, glue long top ribbon under the headband over the bottom ribbon.

Here I went a little crazy with the hot glue, but it’s a big piece of foam so we want it to stay.

You want to hold the foam present down for a long time
to make sure the glue is dry and the foam is secure.

Daisey would be mortified if her headband fell apart at school!

I used clothespins to hold it down because the glue was hot and my fingers didn’t like it.

I let it sit for a few minutes just to be sure it would stay.

Remove the clothespins. Tug at it a little bit.
If it feels loose at all you need more glue.

Otherwise it’s finished and ready for your birthday girl!

I think she likes it!

Time for Presents Birthday Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
You can totally customize this bow with different ribbons and colors.
I think it would make a super cute Christmas bow!

If you make a present bow I would love to see it!

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  1. Melanie
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    SOOOOOO cute!!!!! Love it!

  2. Sherrie
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Do you think it would work to cover the “package” with a piece of material and then use the ‘black’ ribbon on top of it just like you did? I love this idea and am making a 3 year old bow/headband today. They gave me carte blanche and I love this idea. If mine looks as good as yours I’ll send you a pic! Great timing, thanks so much can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Posted September 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sherrie!
      I’m sure you could use fabric in place of the ribbon. I’d love to see pictures if you make one! Happy crafting!

  3. Posted September 29, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    This is GREAT!!! My little girl is turning 4 on Saturday, and I will be bringing cupcakes to her preschool tomorrow! I know what I am making today!!!! This is PERFECT!! Thanks so much – I hope it comes out as cute as yours!!

    • Posted September 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Michele! Happy Birthday to your little girl! We’d love to see what you come up with!

  4. Posted October 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I made it!!! It turns out I did not have any craft foam, so I used styrofoam instead. My package was much thicker than I would have liked, but I was afraid the styrofoam would fall apart if I made it thinner. At any rate, I thought it was adorable – my newly 4-yr old LOVED it – she wore it to school yesterday, and then to the store this morning. One of my other daughters will be 7 next month and has already put in a request for one in purple!! Thank you SO much for the great idea!!! Here is a link to her in her whole b-day outfit!!!!/photo.php?fbid=256213021082966&set=a.166401676730768.28325.140639639306972&type=1&theater

    • Shirley
      Posted October 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Michele it is beautiful!!! And what a beautiful daughter you have! I bet she was absolutely thrilled to have such a cute bow for her birthday! 🙂

    • Posted October 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      Michele, your headband turned out absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
      Your daughter is such a cutie, you can tell she feels so pretty in her birthday headband. 🙂
      If you make one in purple we’d love to see that one too.

  5. Posted October 2, 2011 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Shirley!! She was very excited to have her special birthday headband!!

  6. Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Brittany!!! I absolutely LOVE the idea!!! She really did enjoy it! And I will definitely post when I make the purple headband!! Thank you thank you thank you!!

  7. Carmela
    Posted December 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    oh my goodness! what a wonderful and very creative idea! I love it. My baby girl is not born yet, but she has a birthday party to attend before she turns one month lol my baby nephew’s 1st year birthday and I told my sister I would be making this headband. She almost flipped cause she doesn’t want anyone stealing his thunder lol but she loved the idea. I will be back with a picture. Thank you for sharing!

    • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Carmela! I’m so glad you like it! I would love to see a pic of your little one wearing it!

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