It is no secret that I love ribbon and have played a lot with different ways to add color to white ribbon. Last week I shared how to color only the center part of a bow. After making that bow, I wondered about how it would look to use the same technique to color the loops while leaving the center white. I used that bow on the anniversary tag I shared yesterday and am sharing the tutorial today on how to make a loop dyed bow.
How to make a loop dyed bow:
Begin by creating a fluffy bow. My Fluffy Bow template will make it really easy to create a bow that isn’t attached to anything.
Mist the bow generously with water until it is completely wet. Wring gently in a dry cloth.
Hold the bow so that the bow loops are all pointing down. The center of the bow and the beginning edges of the loops near the center should be be between your fingers.
Note- be sure your fingers are clean of other inks and paints. The wet ribbon will absorb any inky finger residue.
Mist Distress Spray Stain (or other ink spray) onto your craft sheet. Dab the ribbon into the Distress Spray Stain by dragging the loops of the bow through the ink. (In this example I used the excess stain left from dying the muslin I used on the anniversary tag.)
The wet ribbon will wick the color through the ribbon which will be fairly intense at this point. If you love it, dry the ribbon. If the color is too intense, mist the bow generously with water to soften the color and wick the color out even more.
Dry the bow with a heat tool.
Use the tie from the bow to fasten the bow to your project. This bow had a long tie which allowed me to wrap it around my tag. I love how the tie also had color at the ends!
Isn’t it so pretty? I love the way the loop dyed bow turned out! What a great use of left over stain!