I love adding a fluffy bow to my projects. Crinkle Ribbon fluffy bows that I have dyed with inks are my favorite! Crinkle Ribbon is so easy to color using inks, stains, and mists. I have taught students in my store classes how I make my bows by wrapping my ribbon around their fingers. That technique is tricky so I wondered if I could create a tool that would make it a little easier… today I am sharing what I came up with you and showing you how to use it to create a perfect and easy fluffy bow!
How to make the Fluffy Bow Tool…
Begin with a heavy piece of mat or chipboard. Cut a 3″x3″ square. I will share later how to adjust this size for a smaller or larger bow, but to start, the 3″x3″ is a good size for a large bow on a card or tag.
Use a pencil and ruler to mark a straight line from top to bottom 1″ from the left side. Make two more pencil lines 5/8″ from the top and bottom edges.
Cut out the block in the middle of the “C” shape with scissors or a craft knife.
Don’t want to measure? Use the printable template in the Fluffy Bow download.
Making the Fluffy Bow…
Use about 1 yard of ribbon for a bow using the 3″ template. Place the tail end of the ribbon along the base of the template. Use a clothespin or clip to hold the ribbon in place.
Wrap the ribbon over the top arm of the template. Take the excess ribbon back to the bottom.
Wind the ribbon around the bottom arm of the template. Take the excess ribbon back to the top. The wrapping is like a figure 8.
Continue wrapping the ribbon around the template until you have the same number of loops around the top arm as the bottom arm. I usually do three or four loops. The excess ribbon will be at the top. Use a second clip to hold it in place.
Slide the ribbon to bunch it up in the middle. Cut a second piece of ribbon, a piece of string or embroidery floss, or thin wire to at least 4″ long. Feed the piece of ribbon (or other material) through the template so that it is under the bundle of ribbon on the template.
Tie the short piece of ribbon around the bundle of ribbon wrapped on the template.
Slide the ribbon off of the template.
Fluff the ribbon with your fingers.
If the blow looks flat, mist it with water. Shape the bow with your fingers.
Use a heat tool to dry the ribbon or allow to air dry.
Changing the tool size…
I included a smaller template on the template sheet also. It is easy to adjust the size of the template by changing the height. The width of 3″ seems to work just fine for taller or shorter templates. When you go smaller, you will probably want to make the arms a little shorter. On my smaller template I changed them to only 1/2″ tall.
When the arms get thinner, they become a little less stable. To make them stronger, simply cut two templates of the same size and adhere them together.
You can also do this for the larger template if your template material isn’t very strong. I used a really heavy mat board which was fine for the larger template but a bit weak for the smaller one.
Fluffy bows are so easy to make. Once you get the hang of them, you will probably be able to make them without a template at all. I feel like the template gives me an extra set of hands so I am going to experiment with more sizes. I am all about anything that makes making pretty things even easier to make!
PS. Would you like a printable version of this tutorial? You can download it for free in my stitchery pattern shop.