The Crafter’s Companion - Creating Bows

by Beate Johns

Tie a perfect bow every time with The Crafter's Companion.


  1. Step 1

    Place two pegs from the storage area of The Crafter's Companion into holes on the side with the Envelope Maker.

    The wider the ribbon, the further apart the pegs should be placed.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap ribbon around pegs.

  3. Step 3

    Cross the right end of the ribbon over the left.

  4. Step 4

    Fold the same piece back under to the right hand side.

  5. Step 5

    Take that end of the ribbon and thread it underneath the ribbon that is supported by the pegs.

  6. Step 6

    Fold the ribbon back over to the front.

  7. Step 7

    Tie a knot to hold your bow in place.

  8. Step 8

    Take your bow off the pegs and cut the ends. Your bow is done.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for The Crafter’s Companion - Creating Bows. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Beate, Whow...thanks for your tutes. I was having a bit of difficulty with the cd that comes with the UCC. The host was going too fast for my poor slow brain. BTW, I thought my "Bow Easy" was the cat's meow, but this bow maker is much easier. I love making the envies too.
Could you demo the star and/or the heart cards? I have wasted more paper than I care to admit trying to figure it out.
Erica Fields  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 3:10 AM
SWEET ACTION! I just tried the bow maker.... I LOVE IT!
Lori Craig  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Is there a guideline you can give us on how many inches of ribbon it takes to make a perfect bow, with short tails (for example, with different widths of ribbon)?

Thanks so much,

Jennifer Partridge  |  Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 2:51 AM
This is a great tool. These bows used to be called Christmas Bows. They lay beautifully, with both tails behind the two bow. I love this tool. Thanks for the tutorial and the video. I have printed it out and will make great use of it.
Sara Luecke  |  Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 10:28 PM
I just wanted to say thanks for all the gr8 tutorial's.. I just purchased this and their vido was confusing.. but with your group is always helpful.. thanks to you and your gr8 staff..
Rj  |  Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM
I would like to purchase the Crafter's Companion. I searched the web and found many different Crafter's Companion's, but none of them looked like they had the pegs for bow making on them. The prices varied from $15 to $60. If someone could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it very much.
Dian L. Moran  |  Sun Sep 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM
here is the link to their site:
Rj  |  Mon Sep 6, 2010 at 7:24 AM
I'm one of those unlucky crafters that does not have a designated room for the other day I happened on this little item that I had bought at some craft show and never used:(( although I'm not bad at tying bows this would sure help the out come of them. Now I just have to find those little pegs for the holes?!! Thanks for the
Margie  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM
When using ribbon that is only printed on one side how do you adjust to tie your ribbon?
Pam Kurtz  |  Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM
Occasionally a bow would turn out well for me but I could not remember what I did that particular time that was different. The demonstration with Crafter's Companion was great help. Thank you.
YuVonna Davis  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM
thank you for the bow. Must try it. With all boy's I don't get the chance to make bow's.
Veronica Roche  |  Sun May 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM
I had seen the tutorial and loved it! But then I forgot how I did it and I couldn't't find the site again. So imagine my joy when I stumbled upon the directions again. Thank you!
Brenda Heizman  |  Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

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