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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Basic Boutique Bow Tutorial

This contest is CLOSED!
The tutorial and instructions are still posted though!

Yes, it's finally here!!! My first tutorial! I went ahead and made a video for a basic bow tutorial. I'll be uploading the steps to turn it into a stacked layered boutique bow soon. This was my first time ever making a video, and it was scary! Ahh! I hate hearing myself, but oh well. If it helps you all learn how to make bows instead of having to spend a fortune then I'll be happy! Also don't forget to check out the giveaway for a bunch of fun ribbon to get you started located at the bottom of the post!

Here is a pic of the style bow you will be learning how to make. You can either make one single bow or layer them!

This bow was made using 7/8 ribbon.

This bow was made using 1 1/2 inch ribbon.

Supplies you will need:
  1. Ribbon- 1 1/2 inch ribbon for the bow & 3/8 ribbon for the knot (You can also use 7/8 ribbon for the bow) Note: you should use grosgrain ribbon. Satins or other types of materials do not hold their shape well!
  2. Glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Needle and thread
  4. Scissors
  5. Pen
  6. Double prong clips is what I used. You can use whatever clip works best in your girls hair.
  7. Something to measure your ribbon.

I noticed when I was marking my ribbon, that a little bit was cut out on the left bottom side. Sorry about that! I'm new to this video thing and I'll try to do better next time. :) Anyways, I wanted to make sure you know that after you mark in one inch, all I do is take that first mark and line it back up at 0. That way I can just measure 5,10,15,20 easily. Then that leaves me with a 1 inch in the beginning and the end of the ribbon.

{Also if you want to stack your bows make sure you put a smaller one on top of a bigger one. Example I used 2 inch (small) bows on top of 3 inch (med) bows. Do not put the same size bows on top of each other. Unless you like that look! :P Usually you can't see the bottom bow and it gives the bow a funny shape.}

Here is the measurement chart I use:
1. Bow size: 2inch small bow-Cut ribbon 18 inches-Mark in 1 inch then every 4 inches
2. Bow size: 3inch med bow-Cut ribbon 22 inches-Mark in 1 inch then every 5 inches
3. Bow size: 4 inch lg bow-Cut ribbon 26 inches-Mark in 1 inch then every 6 inches
4. Bow size: 5 inch xlg bow-Cut ribbon 30 inches-Mark in 1 inch then every 7 inches

I also figured I'd spill the beans on a few of my favorite wholesale supply stores. This is the places I get ribbons, tulle, hair clips, headbands, etc. It is way cheaper to order from these places. Plus they have way better selections then say, Michaels. These are just a couple of my favorite stores. I shop all over the web, including etsy. But I use these places the most. They have awesome customer service too!

Here's some cute pics of boutique stacked bows that you'll learn how to make soon! So get to practicing on your basic bow stat! :)

I hope you have a great time making some bows! Let me warn you, it's very addicting! I'll try to upload later this week a tutorial on making spikes, surround a loops, and embellishments to your bows. Thanks for watching and have fun!

{Ribbon Giveaway}

Would you love to win some fun ribbon to help get you started with bow making? I am giving away an assortment of 10 yards of ribbon. In different sizes & colors. If you live out of the local area and cannot pick up your prize I will ship it to you for free as long as you live in the United States. This giveaway is only available to people who live in the continental US. All you have to do is become a fan of my SupermomvsMe Facebook fan page. Once you do, please share a link to my fan page on your facebook, and leave a comment on this blog letting me know. Then you will be put in the drawing. I am using random.org to be fair and pick the winner. You have 1 week to enter. On July 14th at 12:00pm I will pick a winner. Once I announce the winner you will have 48 hours to claim your prize or I will pick a new winner. Good luck to everyone!

Also please note that these tutorials are to be used for your personal and small business use only. You are more then welcome to post links to my blog but please do not copy or redistribute my picture's or video's without my permission. Thank you! 


  1. I liked your Facebook Page :)
    Daphne Kiernan

  2. I posted you on facebook :) Please enter me

  3. I posted you on my facebook page. Please enter me! Calista

  4. I have a quick question for you, where do you get the soft elastic for the headbands? I have a Michaels and Joanns close to my house, but I can't seem to find anything other than the standard elastic....

  5. Jen- I order my headbands online. I usually get them at haloheaven.com They are way cheaper then any store you would find.

  6. Hello,

    Will you be making a video for the other bows? Will you email me a chollifield2009@hotmail.com Thank you. :)

  7. hi my name is dannielle misirian i just wanted to say thank you for the bow tutorial it really helps me alot!! and also i posted on your facebook to enter the contest :) i hope i win thanks alot!!

  8. Hi Jennifer, my name is Jennifer too.. I love your blog.. I make bows and try to do some craft fairs. I am so glad I found your page, because you make them in a different way. I love trying new bows!!!

  9. Hi! Found your video on youtube and it was very useful. That is what led me to your blog... which is what made me get a little giddy to see that little Gator Helmet in your heading pic! Not sure if you're in Gainesville but we are, and I just wanted to say Yay! To finding another Gator Blogger :)
    Again, thanks for the great tutorial! Now, I'm off to make some bows! Go Gators!

  10. Hey Jennifer. I love your blog your children are beautiful :) i used your video on youtube and loved how it turned out. thank you for the measurement chart. thank you so much!
    -Jahmia :)

  11. Ive looked all over fir a chart like this!!! I free hand my bows so sometimes i have to redo because of bigger loops on one side or something, but now ive got a bow recipe.

  12. Finally a video I can understand! Can you please post other videos soon?

  13. You shared your favorite ribbon supplier, so I figured I'd return the favor: www.bbcrafts.com. They are a wholesaler or open to the public for retail pricing. Their retail prices are still super low and you can buy in bulk. I prefer a 25yd-50yd spool to 3yd spools. I shop Hobby Lobby's 1/2 price ribbon sale for unique prints, but for the basic grosgrain in every color, with or without dots, I buy from BBCrafts. Thanks for the tutorial. I've been making 6 bows of one color, but none of them looked alike because I can't grip n fold them all the same way. Now I get it! I love the measurement marking method combined with the sew n fold. GREAT!!!!!

  14. Thanks :) Finally I found a tutorial I can diffently understand.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial and chart. I will definitely give it a try.