Hey! Your absolutely going to love this bow! People will not believe that you made it. Don’t get intimidated by the long instructions. I just broke it down to as many steps as possible. It’s really quite simple. I bought the burlap ribbon at the DollarStore no less! However, you can find some all over the place now. Here are some links: at Amazon (affiliate) and Etsy. Hope you enjoy and please don’t forget to LIKE our page on Facebook. Thanks!
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DIY BURLAP BOW
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Burlap Ribbon (3 -3.5 inches wide).
- Sewing or darning needle (with a big enough eye to fit your string/yarn)
- Thin string or yarn
- Scissors and measuring tape or ruler
- Decorative gift wrapping ribbon (1/4 inch wide)
Cut the following from your burlap ribbon: 8 X 8 inches (pedals), 1 X 6.5 inches (middle), 2 X 12 inches (tails).
Construct the individual “petals” for the burlap bow: Grab one of the 8 inch pieces. Imagine the ends of your ribbon pieces are divided into three equal parts. Fold-in the right bottom corner to the middle left corner and then fold-in the left right corner over top of your first fold to join with the bottom right corner. Pin together (left picture below). Now repeat on the other end of the ribbon. Bring both ends together, folds facing out. Hold together for stitching (right picture below).
Stitch the ends together. You should end up with something that looks like the picture below.
Repeat above steps with the remaining seven 8 inch pieces.
Once you’ve created all 8 petals, sew the corners together of four petals. Use a simple stitch to sew the petals together but this time stitch the corners of the petals together instead of the middle (right picture below). Together these form the base of your burlap bow. Once all four pieces are sewn together, they should look like the left picture below.
Sew the remaining four petals onto your base: Stitch one petal between two petals of your base (see left picture below) and repeat with the other three remaining petals. You should end up with a bow that looks like the right picture below.
Add the finishing touches. We’ll start with making the middle loop (6 inch piece). You’re basically just going to form a loop with your ribbon with one end over the other and then stitch together with a long piece of string (left picture below). Don’t cut the ends off the string tails just yet, instead, thread your needle with one of the tails. Bring it through the front material of the petals (towards the middle), pull to fit the loop close to your bow and then bring the string back up through at the opposite end from where you started. Pull your string into the inside of the loop. Now, go back through at the opposite end and you should now be at the back of the bow. Pull slightly to secure your stitch. You won’t have two ends to tie together here so use the back fabric to tie a knot with your string. If your confused, refer to the right picture below, it should clear things up.
Making and attaching the tails: Measure 3 inches from one end of both remaining 12 inch pieces. Now find the centre of the width of the ribbon at this 3 inch mark and make a small mark with a pen. Cut from one corner (where you began to measure) to your pen mark. Repeat from the opposite corner. The tails should look like the one below.
Attach the tails to your bow. You can simply stitch the top of your tails to the back of your bow. Stitch using a bit of fabric from the back and tie ends together.
Attach the finished bow to your gift.When I used this bow as part of my gift wrapping, I simply attached it to the gift with some decorative ribbon but you can use yarn or string, whatever you like. Thread your needle with a long piece of decorative ribbon (long enough to wrap around your present a couple of times) and bring it through some fabric on the back of the bow. Try using some fabric that is close to the centre. This will force the centre of the bow down and will look better. Wrap the decorative ribbon around your gift a couple of times and tightly tie off. You could also tie off just under your bow and curl your ends with scissors to add a few decorative ringlets.
There are several ways that you can attach the bow if you don’t have decorative ribbon: velcro, double side tape, wire, etc.
And voilà! you’ve created a Burlap Bow!