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Bow Making for Cards

Bow Making for Cards

Today’s card was actually inspired by the brand new Wired String w/ Raffia Bows that was recently released by May Arts Ribbon!  I wanted a nice, fluffy bow to complete the whimsical theme of this sweet card, so I set out to make my own.

Bow Making for Cards

To begin, leave a tail of ribbon before beginning your first loop.  Loop a section of the ribbon so that it measures approximately 1″ – 1.5″.

Bow Making for Cards

Using a needle and thread (I’ve used red for tutorial purposes only), make a running stitch at the base of the loop as shown above; do not cut the thread.

Bow Making for Cards

Next, gently pull the thread to make a gather.

Bow Making for Cards

Open the loop so that it is flat against the length of the ribbon as shown above.

Bow Making for Cards

With the needle and thread still attached, wrap the thread around the center of the loop and pull until it creates a gather.  Stitch the thread into place, knot and then cut.  Repeat with as many loops as you would like.  Attach to the front of your card with fabric glue or use a high-tac adhesive.

Bow Making for Cards

After stamping and watercoloring the image for the card, I die-cut around the motif with a circle die and then edged in Mini Pom Pom Trim.  

Bow Making for Cards

By Shellye McDaniel



Partners in Craft Supplies:

Other Supplies Used:

  • “Sweet Thing” Stamp- Penny Black
  • Watercolors Pencils- Faber Castell
  • Fabric Glue- Beacon
  • Mini Pom Poms- Misc.
  • Patterned Paper- Jillibean Soup
  • Cardstock- American Crafts
  • Circle & Scallop Border Dies- My Favorite Things


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  1. Dianne Crowe

    Thanks for sharing this neat idea for bow making. Cute card too.

  2. Judy Jung

    Love the Penny Black Mimi with her cupcake! The bows are adorable and the pom pons are perfect!!

    1. Shellye McDaniel

      Thanks, Judy! I love Mimi too <3

  3. Valerie Gee

    Super cute, and I love how your bows turned out! I can’t wait to try this on a future card or LO – it will be happening… SOON! Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Shellye McDaniel

      You are very welcome! Have fun with it!

  4. TracyM #6773

    SUPER cute image and DELIGHTFUL card Shellye!!!

    LOVE your pom pom frame and bow border – thank you for sharing this beautiful technique and your crafty inspiration!!!

    1. Shellye McDaniel

      Thanks so much, Tracy!


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