Simple Figure 8 Bow

Isn't he a great model?! I guess this bow doesn't have the same "look" on him as it would some cute little girl. But you get the general idea, right?!

This one is pretty basic and looks harder than it really is.

First of all, you don't have to cut your ribbon from the spool until you get the bow tied how you want it. You could save a lot of ribbon that way.

So start the bow by making a loop like this - kind of like an Awareness Ribbon. I don't have a better word to describe it! Leave a long enough tail at the bottom so your bow has tails.

Then cross over and make the same kind of loop on the other side, making a Figure 8 shape. Do the same thing two more times, making a total of 4 loops.

This is what it should (sort of) look like. I need to adjust my bow here, but you get the general idea.

Using a piece of wire bent into a "U" shape and some needle-nose pliers, secure the wire around the bow nice and tight.

Like this.

For the center knot, cut yourself a medium length piece of ribbon - maybe 5 inches or so - and fold it over again in that same loop.

Draw one of the tails through the loop to get a knot in the middle.

Hot glue (if you want) the knot to the center of the bow and tie a knot in the back of the bow like you see here. Now you should have two sets of tails.

Adjust your bow how you want it, trim the tails the way you want, and glue it to your clip or baby elastic.


missliss5 said...

It amazes me how good you are at taking pictures of your projects in progress even if a normal person would need TWO hands just to keep the bow from coming undone. Nice job!

Marci said...

Love reading your blog. Can't even remember how I stumbled upon it, but I have recommended it to all of my friends. Great ideas - thanks for sharing.

Abby said...

WOW! Thanks, Marci!

thecardmaker said...

Hi, I'm Melissa's sister. She sent me a link to your site a long time ago. Lately I've really been wanting some cute bows for my girls. So, here I am looking at your bows with new "I am going to do this" eyes. Why did I think it looked hard before? I don't know. This looks very do-able. Now off to find a Michael's coupon! Thank you!

Sawyers Family said...

Your blog is GREAT! I have been wanting to learn how to make cute hairbows, but never had anyone to teach me. Your instructions seem rather simple! Thanks! Also, where would I find a baby elsatic? I have the cutest little bald girl!