Tying a bow

by Heather Jensen

Learn how to tie a bow around card layers.


  • Ribbon (satin ribbon used here)

  • Scissors

  • Card layer


  1. Step 1

    Place the spool of ribbon under and to the right side of the card layer. You should have the spool on the right and the cut end to the left of your card.

  2. Step 2

    Take the left end across and over the right side of the ribbon.

  3. Step 3

    The left side should cross over and then under the ribbon coming from the right side. The right side that is attached to the spool comes up and the cut end of the ribbon is pointed down.

  4. Step 4

    Make a loop with the ribbon in your left hand, shiny side up and take the other piece in your right hand.

    Make sure that the piece that is in your right hand has the shiny side going in the correct direction so that when you go around the loop it will be shiny side up on booth loops.

  5. Step 5

    Take the piece in your right hand and go around the loop in your left hand from the bottom and around to the right.

  6. Step 6

    This step makes a big difference in how your bow will look in the end!

    Make sure that you twist the ribbon before you go through the knot to make your second loop.

  7. Step 7

    Pull the loop through so you have two shiny sides of the bow showing. Pull the knot tight so my bow doesn't move after you are finished.


    Add little bit of glue under the knot to make sure it stays secure.

  8. Step 8

    Cut the end that is still attached to the spool.

  9. Adhere the layers to your card base to finish your card.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Excellent tutorial, you made it look so easy! Thanks!
Janet Wegner  |  Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 8:09 AM
I am so glad to see this tutorial. I would like to ask an unrelated question...the stitching on the card...how did you do the stitching? Was it with a sewing machine? I would like a tutorial on that technique. Thanks!
Caroline M.  |  Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM
Love your video...very helpful...still trying to learn how to make bows...I have arthritis in my fingers but I am going to get it...have a good day...
MaryAnn  |  Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM
Great to review what I took for granted. Now I will be sure to feel confident that I am tweaking my process. Nice.
Elizabeth  |  Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 6:27 AM
Caroline: I stitched on the card with my sewing machine. Very easy and it gives it a very finished look that I am totally addicted to. smile
Heather Jensen  |  Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM
Thanks for sharing your excellent tutorial I am sure it will help me with tying my bows.
jogrybali  |  Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM
A tip on bow put a tiny glue dot on the step 3
spot then the ribbon will not shift or come apart
just make sure you have it placed where you want
It works great.
HELGA ADSHEAD  |  Mon Apr 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM
Helga, I actually use glue under the knot of the bow once I am totally satisfied with the result. I used glue dots in the past and they don't stay. This way it is there forever!
Heather Jensen  |  Thu Apr 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM
Great information and tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Loved it.
Ella  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM
thank you ...I have been trying to make my bows...each time they are getting better....
MaryAnn  |  Sat May 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM
Thank you for making bow tying look so easy. I always forget if it's left over right or right over left!
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Sun Jul 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM
Great technique!
Shirley N  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I love the preetty bow of course! I needed to see this too, but now I'm wondering, how do you mail such a card? The bow will be smashed, even in a bubble envelope, guess I'll have to hand deliver these ones, cause i love the bow, I'll still make some. Thanks.
Louella  |  Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM
Thank you for your tutorials, they are easy to follow. Your cards are very lovely.
Karen Geislinger  |  Mon Oct 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

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