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This bow is a cinch. It’s classic, it’s easy, and it looks like you spent way more time on it than you actually did. You can skip the needle/thread part and just hot-glue your folds together which is GREAT if you’re busy and don’t feel like digging for sewing material but if the bow ends up in the dirty clothes now and again, a bit of thread through the center will help it live a longer. Either way, this is a quick bow that doesn’t use a lot of material so it’s perfect for busy bowmakers!
You’ll need the following:
- 2.25 inch ribbon
- 5/8 inch ribbon of same or corresponding color
- hot glue gun
- needle + thread
- 2 alligator clips
1. Cut two strips of 2.25 in ribbon, 12.25+ inches long. Seal the ends with a lighter or wood burner.
2. Overlap the ends of each ribbon to create a loop and seal together with hot glue. You want an even, thin strip of hot glue that runs from the top edge to the bottom edge of your ribbon. This seam should be as solid and flat as you can make it. An excessive amount of glue will make a thick, unwieldy center to your bow.
3. Double-fold each loop in the center, creating 2 bowtie-bows whose top and bottom edges fold back towards the knot. Use your alligator clip to hold the center of your first bow-tie bow while you fold your second one.
4. Stack your bows on top of one another. You want the top and bottom bow to look as identical as possible in order to create the beautiful matching folds that radiate out from the center of your bow.
5. Place an alilgator clip on each side of the center of your stacked bow. Run a needle and thread through the direct center and wrap the thread around the center a few times then tie-off the thread on the back of the bow. *Important: You will not be able to tug and pull your loops into place, so this step is important! Carefully identify the center of your bow. You can use a ruler if helpful. Just make sure you are running your needle and thread through the direct center.
6. Place a dollop of glue on the back of your knot. Wrap your 7/8 inch “knot” from back to front. Place another dollop of glue on the back of the knot to secure your clip. Place your clip then wrap the remaining tail of your 7/8 inch “knot” over your clip. Replace hardware as needed. Tip: we wrapped the 7/8 inch strip TWICE around the hardware. We just made sure to keep ribbon perfectly aligned so that the “knot” didn’t appear to be two-ribbons-thick from the front view. This just added some security to our hardware.
Ta-da! So cute. And easy. And like any other craft, the more you practice, the more precise and beautiful your touch will be!
I plan to take tons of road trips this summer and I was looking for the perfect photo album to hold my pictures but just couldn’t find one. So, I decided to make my own using some of my favorite ribbon from RABOM.
For this craft you will need:
- Photo Album
- 1 Yard Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing
- Roughly 20 Yards Of Various Colored Ribbon (More colors = less yards per color)
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Start by placing your photo album on the Pellon Interfacing to get an accurate measurement. Leave at least a 2″ perimeter around all sides of the album.
2. Place ribbon horizontally over the interfacing. Once done, start weaving other colors in vertically to create a checkered pattern. Now would be a good time to plug in your iron.
3. Push ribbon close together so that there is no interfacing showing.
4. Iron away! Make sure to get the corner pieces.
5. Flip over and place the album on the back side of the interfacing. Cut a square piece of interfacing off of each corner and pieces off of center binding. Leave a little length on one side to accommodate ribbon movement when closing the album.
6. Take one end of your photo album and fold in and glue down all sides. Partially close album and then glue down all sides on the other end of the album.
7. Burn the ribbon edges to prevent fraying. All finished!
Optional: You can incorporate RABOM’s custom printing to make special wedding presents or team photo albums!
These make the perfect housewarming, wedding or birthday gifts! Have fun with yours and try all kinds of fun designs & patterns!
1. Baker’s Twine Ball
Perfect for outdoor parties or craft room lighting.
2. Burlap Journal
Take this on your spring road trips!
3. Washi Tape Clothespins
Hang your favorite photos & knickknacks from these bright clothespins.
This no sew apron is a quick, easy project for the busy spring months. It will take you no time at all to whip up one of these as a hostess gift or birthday present for your favorite cook. Let’s get started!
1. Measure your waist and add about 36 inches to determine your ribbon length. Cut the ribbon and seal the ends. I used 7/8″ ribbon, but 1.5″ would work as well.
2. Line up the middle of your ribbon piece with the middle of the dish towel. Secure your ribbon to the top of the dish towel using Liquid Stitch or iron on adhesive.
3. You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? These aprons are also great to make for your little helpers. I loved putting on my very own apron and helping my mom in the kitchen when I was a kid.
Enjoy making these cute and easy aprons!
Elizabeth – originally posted 1/20/12
With temperatures of 60+ degrees, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring around here. We thought it would be fun to make festive spring decorations for around the office so we gathered up some extra baker’s twine to make fun string balls. This project might be a little messy but it is totally worth it!
You will need:
1. Blow your balloon into the shape you want. We went with a medium sized ballon so that it was a little rounder. You can coat your balloon with Vaseline so the twine won’t stick to balloon once dry.
2. Pour Mod Podge into the container and soak your twine. This is when it starts to get messy so make sure you do this outside or over a towel.
3. Start wrapping your twine around the balloon. Wrap vertically, horizontally and diagonally. You can use multiple pieces of twine to avoid tangles. If so, cut out the tangle and tuck the loose string under a wrapped piece of twine.
4. Let your ball dry for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.
All finished! Just remove the shriveled up balloon and crusty Mod Podge.
You can make additional twine balls with our fun spring colored twine! These are perfect for parties or spring weddings! We’d love to hear how you use your twine balls.
I love dogs! I love ribbon, and I love crafting! So it’s only natural to make a personalized dog collar for my main man. With so many fun designs to choose from it’s easy to find a print or solid for your pup’s collar.
You will need:
For this project I suggest you work through the steps without sewing first. It can be very frustrating to have to take out triple stitches so put it together to get the feel of how it works.
1. Measure your dogs neck. You will take this number (my dog’s neck is 17”) and add 11” inches. For my dog that means I need 28” of webbing and ribbon. Easy!
2. Seal the ends of your ribbon and webbing with a lighter to prevent fraying.
3. Center and sew your ribbon to webbing.
4. Take one end and slide it through the strap adjuster – fold over about two inches and stitch this end down. Do two lines of stitching – go back and forth a few times with your reverse button. You can even do an hourglass stitch for a stronger hold.
5. Now, flip it upside down where the webbing shows.
6. Take the female buckle, curved side down, and thread onto the webbing on the opposite end of the strap adjuster.
7. Next, run the end you just threaded back through the strap adjuster. Then, add the D ring.
8. Now, attach the male buckle by threading it up through the end away from the prongs, and back down through the other.
9. Pull 2-3” inches through, keeping the D ring in the middle of the fold you just created. Sew either lines or hourglass stitches on each side of the D ring to secure the buckle.
Clip the threads off of the collar and you are done! Be sure to send us photos of your collars on your dogs!
I love handmade notebooks & journals! This fun sized notebook is the perfect gift for a journaling friend or significant other in your life. Write them a sweet note or a creative poem in the front flap in celebration of Valentine’s Day!
You will need:
1. Cut the burlap a little over half way down the center. Don’t worry about the extra, you will fold it into the book later.
2. Glue the card stock to the burlap. Make sure you have even edges along the top and bottom of the notebook. Then fold the extra burlap over the edge of the top and bottom sheets of your card stock and glue.
3. Grab the pages of your notebook and cut off a half inch from the edges. This way you won’t see the pages when your notebook is closed.
4. Weave the saddle stitch ribbon into the grand natural net ribbon. Then, hot glue the ribbon to the cover of the notebook.
Almost finished! Just snip off the rough edges and add your personal message in the front flap. We hope this tutorial puts you in the mood for Valentine’s Day as much as it did for us!
Seriously, how adorable are these? Washi tape hearts are perfect for any Valentine’s Day decorations. We decided to hang ours “bunting banner style” in the foyer but they also make perfect Valentine’s Day cards. We thought we would go ahead and make flowers as well since spring is right around the corner. At least for those of us in the south!
What I love most about decorating with washi tape is that you can make almost any design or object as long as your scissors can cut out the shape.
You will need:
1. Start by drawing your design. You will want to make sure you use a dark colored ink so that you can see the design through the other side of the card-stock.
2. Flip your card stock over and stick on the washi tape. You can alternate colors as much as you’d like. Make sure you cover your drawings on the back.
3. Cut out our designs.
4. If you choose to hang your cards, punch a whole in the top and string through a lengthy piece of ribbon.
How easy was that? Don’t you love how the colors and textures pop with washi tape? These card stock hearts and flowers are certain to brighten your day. Happy card making!
Learn how to make these adorable elastic headbands, perfect for the gym or yoga studio, just in time for a fitness related New Year’s resolution! Speaking of resolutions, what is yours?
You will need:
1. Cut your stretch glitterific or fold over elastic. Single headband – cut a 20” piece – do not stretch. Double headband – cut (2) 20” pieces – do not stretch.
2. Then you will stitch the end together with a 1” overlap.
3. For a double headband, sew each piece as you would for one headband then attach the first to the second headband. Double stitch using the reverse button on your machine. When stitching, you can either do two lines or a Figure 8 stitch.
* We used white thread to show stitching but we recommend using the same color thread and headband.
Let us know how your headband turns out!
Did the dog tear up your favorite tree skirt? Just now buying a Christmas tree? Prepping for next year? No worries, this fun and festive tree skirt takes no time at all!
You will need:
1. First you will want to place your ribbon evenly along the diameter of the felt circle. Pin ribbon to the felt to ensure stability until you are ready to glue. Speaking of glue, now is a good time to start heating up your glue gun.
2. Draw a circle in the center of your felt, making sure it is wide enough for the trunk of your tree to fit through. Then cut out the center.
3. Start gluing the ribbon to the felt from the center to the outside edge of the circle. We used two pairs of hands for this part but you can do it by yourself if needed.
4. Let your tree skirt dry and then set out your presents! All finished.
This makes a simply yet elegant tree skirt that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Option: You can sew the ribbon to the felt if you have the time to do so.
Happy Holidays Friends!
Wow! How adorable are these? If you haven’t noticed, we are slightly obsessed with baker’s twine art.
This easy baker’s twine art makes the best holiday gift! For this project we chose to make a freehand star – you can freehand any object or find a line drawing online to print!
You will need:
You need a piece of wood that will be larger than your drawing. You may paint or stain the wood or leave it as is. You want a piece that is at least .5” thick.
1. Sand the edges if necessary and paint or stain as you wish.
2. Place your drawing or print on top of the wood and secure with tape. Place nails, as needed, around the drawing.
3. Once you have your pattern, start wrapping Baker’s Twine around the nails. There is no right or wrong way. You can do a simple wrap or fill the entire inside of your pattern.
4. Remove the paper from underneath your twine art and tada, you’re all finished!
Alternately, you can add more nails around the pattern and leave the inside empty and wrap around the exterior to create a totally different look.
How cute and easy was this project? What objects are you going to make? Let us know!!
The other day, Lynda and I stumbled across some ugly belts with surprisingly great buckles at a local thrift store. Of course this sparked our creativity and we decided to recycle the old buckles and use them with glitterific ribbon to make fun holiday belts!
For this project you will need:
- Detach your thrift store buckles & paint them to spiff them up a bit. After painting, seal them with a clear gloss for extra protection. They sure look great after a facelift!
- Measure out equal parts webbing and ribbon around your waist – add several inches to your length to be certain it will fit with the buckle attached.
- Attach webbing to ribbon with coordinating thread on your sewing machine.
- Depending upon the type of buckle, attach as needed.
All finished! This is a great way to instantly change your outfit! Plus, it’s a super easy project you can do quickly. Even better, these belts make the perfect gift for the fashionista in your family!
* If you want to make an adjustable belt (in case you start to bust from all the holiday food) you have the option to use D-Rings.
This is my favorite DIY yet. Lynda and I had such a blast making the RABOM Thankful Tree. We had the whole company in on this one by asking everyone to write down what they are thankful for. What better way to start meaningful conversation?
You will need the following:
- Old Coffee Mug
- Gold Spray Paint
- Sticks, Twigs (whatever you can find on the ground)
- Card Stock or thick construction paper
- RABOM Washi Tape
- RABOM Baker’s Twine
- Hole punch (we used an adorable star hole punch)
Let’s Make This Thing:
1. Spray paint your mug and sticks. We used one coat on the sticks and two coats on the mug.
2. While your sticks and mug are drying, start to decorate your card stock with washi tape. Be sure to leave a spot for writing. (Some people are thankful for a whole lot!)
3. Punch holes in the top right or left corners of your tags.
4. Cut your baker’s twine into 8 inch snippets and thread it through your tags.
5. Here is the fun part. Pass out tags among friends, family and coworkers and have them write down what they are most thankful for this year.
6. Add marbles, rice or beans to your mug. Arrange your sticks and tie on tags.
That’s it! You have an adorable thankful tree that can be enjoyed all holiday season.
Tips: Spray paint outside and with the direction of the wind. Otherwise you’ll be “goldfinger” for the rest of the day.
I hope you have as much fun with this DIY as Lnyda and I! Let us know what you are thankful for this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving!!
How about mixing it up this year and wearing something festive instead of, or in addition to a classic holiday bow? Make a hair clip that will match any outfit. I bet you can’t make just one!
This tutorial uses RABOM’s double prong alligator clip, but can be adapted to use with any of the metal clips we carry.
You will need:
- 3/8″ Ribbon cut into 6″ strips.
- RABOM clips of your choice, however they should have smooth surface.
- Glue gun or double sided tape.
- Hair hugger for the center of the clip (optional).
1. Power up your glue gun while preparing your other supplies.
2. Open the clip and being attaching on the inside of the clip. The ribbon on the inside of the clip doesn’t have to reach all the way to the center of the clip.
3. Flip the clip over & add another small bead of glue and attach ribbon to the back side of the clip.
4. Place two small dots of glue on the inside of the hinge. Wrap the ribbon.
5. Now place another bead of glue, cover the top of the clip and finish by using the same technique to cover the inside of the top of the clip.
Accessorize as you wish! The possibilities are endless with these clips and you can’t go wrong! These look adorable in anyone’s hair. Happy clipping!
If you haven’t noticed, here at RABOM, we are obsessed with Washi Tape. We were recently inspired by our Washi Tape Product Spotlight so we decided to make some projects of our own. Check them out below.
Washi Tape Clothespins
You will need:
- Clothespins – If they are rough, the cheap ones can be, use a sanding block to smooth them out.
- An xacto knife
- Washi tape
- Disassemble the pins.
- Use around 8 inches of tape to cover one side. Flip it over and cut the excess along the edge. Continue to cover making sure the tape overlaps as this will help secure the tape. I also suggest a little Mod Podge before reassembling to seal it well.
3. Reassemble and you have super cute pins.
You can have so much fun with these. Hang your little one’s artwork, add a magnet for an adorable fridge decoration, and so much more. What are you going to do with your clothespins?
Washi Tape Votives
You will need:
- Choose your washi tape.
- Mark votive with sharpie to ensure that washi tape will go on evenly.
3. Apply washi tape. Pull tape tautly to minimize bubbles.
That’s it…You have adorable washi tape votives that can be used to brighten up any room.
We hope you have as much fun with these as we did!