You can adorn your Christmas tree with homemade bows during the holiday season and make a few extras to add to swags of garland to coordinate the decorations. Make an elegant-looking bow to top the tree and make smaller coordinating bows to intersperse with the other decorations on the tree. The bows are relatively easy to make and you can even use leftover pieces of ribbon from other craft projects to make a colorful mismatched bow.
Things You'll Need
- 2-inch-wide wired ribbon
- Sewing pins
- Sewing needle
- Floral wire
- 1-inch wide unwired ribbons (2 colors or patterns)
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Cut three pieces of 2-inch wide wired ribbon. Cut each piece to a length of 18 inches.
Find the center of one of the ribbons. Fold each ribbon end inward to the center and pin the ends in place. Do the same with the other two pieces of ribbon.
Stack the ribbons on top of each other with the centers together. Fan out the folded sections of ribbon and sew the layers together in the center. Shape the folded sections into loops.
Cut two pieces of 2-inch wide wired ribbon, each to a length of 10 inches. Find the centers of the ribbons, fold each ribbon end inward to the center and pin in place. Stack the ribbons on top of each other with centers together and fan out the folded sections.
Place the 10-inch ribbons on top of the 18-inch ribbons and pin together in the center. Sew the ribbon centers together.
Cut one piece of 2-inch wide wired ribbon to a length of 6 inches. Shape the ribbon into a loop and pin it in the center of the joined ribbons, with the loop ends facing downward. Sew the loop to the ribbon from the underside of the bow.
Cut two pieces of 2-inch wide wired ribbon, each to a length of 18 inches. Place one end of each ribbon against the center back of the bow and sew in place to make the bow’s streamers.
Fold a piece of 6-inch long floral wire in half. Sew the folded section of the wire to the back of the bow to attach the bow to the tree.
Cut an 8-inch long piece of 1-inch wide unwired ribbon. Cut a 4-inch long piece of floral wire.
Tie the ribbon into a bow but do not pull tightly just yet.
Slide the wire through the center of the bow and twist the wires to hold it to the bow.
Cut a 6-inch long piece of 1-inch wide unwired ribbon in a different color. Slide the ribbon through the center of the 8-inch bow. Pull the loops of the 8-inch bow to tighten.
Tie the 6-inch ribbon in a bow.