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This is not a tutorial for how to tie a bow, instead it’s for how to sew one in place so you can reuse it. It will create a bow with a visible looping effect, rather than the flat look of many other types of faux bows. This method works great for ribbons and narrower strips of fabric. The thicker your ribbon and fabric, the less this will work and you’ll want to use a different method instead.
All you need to get started with this type of (fake) bow is some ribbon and thread.
- Cut a length of ribbon that is twice as long as you want your final bow to be. Place your finger in the very center of the ribbon and bend it a bit to create a small gather.
- Take one end of the ribbon and stack it on top of the center. Create a small gather in this end of the ribbon too. Then sew it in place.
- Take the other end of the ribbon and repeat step 2.
- Add the center ribbon or fabric. Cut a small piece of ribbon and wrap it around the center, creating a little twist for a more realistic look. Sew it in place.
- Sew the bow tails if desired. If you would like to add tails to your bow, slide a length of ribbon through the center tie.
- Add a hair clip or pin. Sew your clip or pin to the back of the bow and attach it to your hair or clothing.