All Solids and Hardware are 20% off right now. Woohoo! Excellent news for bowmakers! I always overshoot my ribbon photos and end up with TONS of pretty pictures with nowhere for them to go. I hope you guys don’t mind ribbonspam! Because …
Everyone’s favorite sale! Unless you count the “Free Shipping over $10!” sale… which may be tied for first place
Here we go!
You’ll need the following:
- 1 wreath (I’m using one that is 14 inches across, 8 inches in diameter)
- straight pins (5 will do)
- lighter or woodburner
- 4 yards (at least) of 2.5 – 3 in ribbon for wrapping the wreath
- ribbon in multiple widths and textures!
- Sparkle Tulle
1. Wrap your wreath with at least 4 yards of fabric. I’ve used a solid 2.5 inch Grosgrain in Red but a pattern base or Sparkle Tulle base would look neat.
2. Cut your ties between 20 – 17 inches for your thicker ribbon, 14 – 12 inches for your skinner ribbon. You can always trim your wreath down when you’re finished so you want to give yourself a little wiggle room with your ribbon length. TIP: Keep in mind that the amount of ribbon you need for each tie will depend on how thick your wreath is. I measured mine to be 8 inches so that’s 8 inches of wrapping + 2 inches for my double knot + 4 inches of tail on each side of my knot = 18 inch strips of thicker ribbon for my wreath
3. Start with the thicker ribbon ties and sparkle tulle. Double-knot each piece if you’re using un-starched grosgrain. I have not tried this using grosgrain treated with stiffener but I imagine that that may eliminate the need for a double knot and ALSO help you create a wreath with more loft and depth BUT PLEASE trim, pink and seal your edges before treating with stiffening spray. TIP: Overlap the edges of your thicker ribbons so you can get a LOT of ribbon on there.
4. Go back in and fill in the spaces between with thinner, sparkly ribbons and more Sparkle Tulle. NOTE: Once I finished my wreath, I went back in and just added about double the amount of Sparkle Tulle pieces over and in between my ties. You may want to even do a base of Sparkle Tulle or 2 to 3 pieces tied together between each larger piece of ribbon. It’s up to you! But it definitely helps the wreath “fill out.”
6. Pink, trim, and seal your ends!
All done! Spray with stiffening spray, should you like. Just make sure you do this AFTER you’ve sealed your ends… otherwise you will have a flaming ring of ribbon which will be glorious and exciting in its own way… but maybe less cost-effective than proper fireworks
The possibilities for ribbon wreaths are so endless! Holiday wreaths, monochromatic wreaths, 100% sparkle fabric wreaths, Ombré wreaths… whoa! This is a cool craft for kids, too, as it does not involve any hot glue (scary) or sewing (impossible). If we aren’t too bored of ribbon wreaths already, I think we’ll try an Ombré Summer Sunshine wreath for the next tutorial < That’s just what I’m calling it right now. You can see my inspiration for this on our Instagram.
Happy Tutorial Tuesday!
Here’s a cute synopsis of our Pinwheel Bow + Bowmaker Tutorial from this past Tuesday.
Personally, I needed about 10 videos and 3 lattes to make this bow but there’s going to be a genius on Pinterest who sees these photos and then makes 10 perfect pinwheels in a row. Then runs a 5k. This is for her <3
Happy Friday, Ribbonistas! What will you do with your weekend? I’m making World Cup Wreaths and possibly canoeing a.k.a. covering my house in Sparkle Tulle glitter then vacating it without cleaning :O
And it’s almost done! A no-glue, no-sew wreath is in the works right now. All you need are ribbons and a wreath of some sort and you’re good-to-go! Look for it in the form of a little tutorial on Tuesday Olé!
If ever Polka Dots made a great foundation for a bow, it’s now! But really, when do they not? Polka Dots are awesome, versatile, always cute, and … well, they’re Polka Dots!
I’m loving all the World Cup bows on Etsy. Maker Little Loves and Studs has a great US (or France!) bow, Cupcake Mama Boutique has a ton of teams to choose from and Kasey Boutique 123 makes a Brazil 2014 World Cup bow for the fan who maybe likes more than one team (:
Here’s some of our color matchups for two of our most popular teams, according to our Facebook Fans – USA and Mexico! Color matches for ALL teams would be great! Stay posted because it just may happen (Argentina has a dreamy color scheme – Light Blue and Yellow Gold!)
RABOM-exclusive World Cup Ribbon is in! And it’s so cool! We did a little recon to see what bowmakers and crafters were doing with World Cup Brazil 2014 and they’re doing SOME NEAT STUFF. We pinned some cute World Cup crafts to our World Cup Pinterest board so check it out and get ideas. ALSO: We have a Germany ribbon that did not make it into the picture!
SALE Heads-up: World Cup Ribbon is 20% off this week! And if all orders over $35 are getting FREE SHIPPING! Olé! Through Tuesday 6/3/14, midnight EST.
This tutorial shows the novice Ribbonista how to make a Pinwheel bow using a Bowmaker. The Bowmaker is incredibly handy for this task – it holds the folds of your ribbon at a perfectly equal space and angle so that when you cinch your thread, you have a beautiful, symmetrical bow! You can find bowmakers on Etsy for under $10 – we found a VERY handy one named Aaron’s Bow Maker that has suggested peg placements for the width of ribbon you are using! Great idea!
Let’s get started! You’re going to need the following:
- 1 yard 1.5 inch Grosgrain Ribbon
- 2 inches 3/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon (same color as 1.5 inch)
- alligator clips (at least 3)
- needle + thread (upholstery thread works great, although I did not use it here)
- lighter or woodburner (to seal grosgrain edge)
- glue gun
1. Thread your needle and set aside in your pincushion. Give yourself 18 inches of thread or more.
2. Starting behind the left peg of your Bowmaker, give yourself 2 inches of tail before you place your first alligator clip. This will give you more options for tail length when your bow is finalized. Position your ribbon at a slight upward angle and begin to wrap ribbon around the outtermost pegs. Wrap so that the loops stack but do not overlap.
3. It’s time to sew! The aim of sewing here is to make a cord along which you ‘bunch’ the ribbon! So keep your stitches widely spaced and few. In other words, use your typical running stitch (or straight stitch). Do not cut your thread – you’re going to need it for wrapping! TIP: make your stitch as straight as possible and keep it in the direct center of your bow. The stitches do not have to be perfectly spaced, but it IS helpful to keep them as vertical as possible. TIP: Three or four stitches makes beautiful folds in the center of the finished bow.
4. Remove your alligator clips and lift your bow off the Bowmaker. Holding your thread in one hand and your bow in the other, pull the thread so that begins to accordion-fold the center of the bow.
5. Already gorgeous! Now. It’s time to wrap your thread. Pinch your bow along the center but slightly off to the side so that you can wrap your thread along the direct center. When you pinch, make sure that the top and bottom edges of your bow are folding towards the back. This may take a little shifting and maneuvering to get your folds right! Don’t worry – you have a stitch in the center of your bow, it cannot unfurl, so scrunch and re-scrunch as often as you need to in order to get your top and bottom edges facing the back of the bow.
6. Once your edges are looking like you want them to, wrap the thread around the center a few good times and then tie off your thread on the backside of your bow.
7. You can now tug on the loops to get them in a better position and trim your thread.
8. Trim your tails however you desire and seal the edges with a woodburner or lighter.
9. Now for the center! Take your 3/8in ribbon, cut a 1.5 inch piece. Place a dollop of hot glue on the back of your bow at the center of the knot. Place the end of your 1.5 inch strip on the hot glue and wrap it around the front of your bow and hot glue down the loose end on the back. Trim if necessary. TIP: You can vary the tightness of the 3/8 inch “knot” – a looser fit around the center is usually preferable to one that is too tight. TIP: you can also fold the topmost edge of your 3/8 inch strip in and create a seamless-looking loop on the back. Instead of a flush edge of ribbon, you’ll see that the “knot” ribbon has been folded under.
There you go! True story – this bow was made by our lovely jack-of-all-trades Emily M. She had a cute manicure going on so we decided I’d shoot the photos and she’d follow my direction and – FIRST TIME BOWMAKER – she made this gorgeous pinwheel! So it really is that easy. Did I leave something out? Do you see anywhere where I could explain more? Feel free to share and ask questions!
So cute. Had to share pics of some of our favorite printed ribbon. ALL our printed ribbon is 25% off through tonight, 5/27 midnight EST. Stock up if you haven’t already!
Hey friends! I am going to post a tutorial soon but I realized before I do, we need to catch up! Let’s start with the biggest news first!
This is Laura – I’m the new Creative Director here at RABOM! Our former Creative Director and RABOM blogger extraordinaire, Logan, has set out to pursue her talents and dreams that lie outside of the wonderful world of Social Media and Crafting. A talented Yogi with a passion for helping people live their healthiest lives, she’s sure to improve lives and spread smiles in the Yoga Studio the same way she did while she was working here at RABOM.
My name is Laura – I’m a big fan of Social Media, flowers, my dog Lucy, and general creativity! I have a background in graphic design, photography and drawing and I make every opportunity to use all three here at RABOM. I love this job and couldn’t be happier than I am here with my coworkers and all this a w e s o m e ribbon! I think I’m most excited, however, about working on tutorials!
So towards that effort, what does everyone want to learn? What can we learn together? And when I say “together” I mean truly together – I just started making bows two weeks ago and it is HARD. I send my friends pictures of my bows and they reply “Oh those are beautiful!” but (and I tell them this) they aren’t bows. Not proper bows. Like, I can “fold” paper, but I wouldn’t call all the latte receipts in my pocket “origami” (: SO, I’m looking to you, expert Ribbonistas, for feedback!
Take care and for everyone in the US, have a great Memorial Day Weekend! (And for everyone outside the US, have a great weekend!)
p.s. here are some iphone photos from my first few weeks on the job!
Aren’t they glamorous? They’re so glamorous. We took a few photos to announce their arrival and wanted to share a few more on our blog because it hurts to let pretty product photos go to waste
As a note of interest – this Infinity Box (how we get that cool, entirely white background for our photos) is a pretty easy DIY! Would you guys like a tutorial on how to make your own? Let us know in the comments and we’ll set you up with a list of ingredients and some home-tested techniques for getting GREAT product photos!
Happy Friday, all!
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