DIY Ribbon bows tutorial #9

How much we love having ribbon bows on our headbands, dresses and gifts but at the same time how much do we know how to make a perfect one! Ribbon bows are an integral part of parties gifts and accessories. There are like many many different ways and styles in which you can make a bow and each of them would still look so simple yet elegant.

ribbon bow tutorial 2

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Im on this headband making spree for my lil one G and i made like 5 different types of ribbon bows and ribbon flowers ( Tutorials for all of them will be up soon but sneaky peaky pictures first!) and turned them all into headbands (yes already!). Im sharing the tutorial for making a simple pinwheel ribbon bow.


ribbon bow tutorial 1

 Don’t you agree that the ribbon bow headbands are ssssoooo cute? I cant wait to see my lil princess wearing them ( hopefully she doesn’t pull em out :P).

Materials required for making ribbon bow :

  1. Satin ribbon/ribbon (bought from itsybitsy- citrus chades)
  2. Needle and thread
  3. Hot glue/Fabric glue (itsybitsy-glue gun)
  4. Scissors

Step by step tutorial for making ribbon bows:

  • Approximate the size of your ribbon bow depending on the ribbon width and make a fold as in picture 2.

ribbon bow tutorial steps 1

  •  Fold it again in a make-a-roll fashion and bring it back again so that you have a ribbon roll with 2 runs as in picture 4 above. Cut out the ribbon so that finally you have 4 layers of folds as in above picture.

ribbon bow tutorial step 2

  • The idea is to stitch right throught the middle of the roll if you can handle it straight away else a lil trick to follow would be next step.
  • Try to overlap a lil part of the ribbon rolls over each other and put a stitch or glue up so that you have a steady stuff to sticth through as in picture 3.
  • Now you can stictch through the middle and pull the stitch tight to make frills and tie it up together!
  • Also use some embellishemts/ribbon to hide the stitch part.

ribbon bow tutorial

 Tips and Tricks in making a Ribbon bow:

  • The golden thumb-rule to while working with satin is to always always have a lighter besides you and seal the cut ends by slightly heating over the flame.
  • While stitching, if your ribbon width is more (1 inch or more), instead of making a running stitch, it would be a lot better if you fold the whole pattern like how you make a paper butterfly ( or like this VVVVV ).
  • A contrast colour bead/button/small ribbon adds a great deal of beauty when placed at the bow center.

Here are the ribbon flowers I did and i promise to come up with tutorials soon 🙂 So watch out!

blue bow 3 layer green flower

xoxo Angela  




Angela jose is an engineer by profession and crafter by hobby. She resides in India with her husband and daughter. TheCraftyAngels is her brainchild which is a platform to share craft tutorials.

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  1. Priya Prithviraj says:

    Can you tell us how you made that yellow star-like flower? 🙂

    1. angela says:

      Hey priya! yeah i will be coming up with a tutorial soon 🙂 subscribe to my blog and u will get it in your e-mail 🙂 And i am still to give you quilling project tutorial right? Im so stuck up with work and grace tht i hardly find time 🙁 will do soon 🙂

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