4th of July Over the Top Bow, “Star Spangled Cutie”

4th of July Over the Top Bow with “Star Spangled Cutie” removable/changeable bottle cap

Date Created: 7/2016
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 30+ minutes
Pricing: $7.00
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ ribbon
    • red with white dots
    • navy& white lollipop stripes
  • 7/8″ ribbon
    • turquoise
    • white
    • navy
    • red & white stripe
  • 50-60cm french clip
  • 1.75″ alligator clip
  • 1″ bottle cap image
  • 1″ epoxy dot
  • 1″ bottle cap
  • E6000 glue
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • lighter or heat seal source
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 16″ of 7/8″ turquoise for boutique bow
  • 5″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for center
  • 4.5″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for clip liner
  • 6″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for center wrap
  • (2) 9″ of 3/8″ red with white dots for top bow surround
  • (2) 9.5″ of 3/8″ white & navy lollipop stripes for bottom bow surround
  • Spikes (all 4″, but I think 4.5″ would have worked better on this bow)
    • (2) 7/8″ turquoise
    • (2) 7/8″ white
    • (2) 7/8″ navy
    • (1) 7/8″ red & white stripe
Note:
After making boutique bow, it measured 3″ from corner to corner. So to measure the spikes I added 1″ and cut them at 4″.  However, these spikes ended up a bit too short and didn’t stick out under the bow at all.  I would try measuring spikes to be 1.5″ longer than longest length of the boutique bow.
Instructions:
Sorry, no tutorial available yet for this one.  Please add a comment below if you’d like to request to see instructions on how to make this bow.

Love Bug Butterfly

Date Created: 3/2/17
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Pricing: $7.00
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Materials Needed:
  • all 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • choose 3 different colors for the wings of your butterfly
  • choose a color for the antennae
  • pom poms
  • alligator clip
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • ruler or measuring tape
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • (4) 3″ for outer wings
  • (4) 2.5″ for middle wings
  • (4) 2″ for inner wings
  • (1) 4.5″ for clip liner
  • (1) 1″ cut into 2 for antennae
  • (3) large or (5) small pom poms for body
  • (1) 1.75″ alligator clip
 
Instructions:
  • Heat seal all pieces of ribbon.
  • There a are 4 pieces of each color, or 2 pairs.  1 pair is for each wing.  Glue each pair together with a dot of glue at the tips so they form a right angle.  Flip it around and do the same thing with the other ends so they form a rounded football shape.  Repeat for each pair of ribbons. You should have 6 pair, 2 of each color.
  • Next, 1 of the outer wings and 1 of the middle wings and glue the middle one on the back of the outer one, about halfway down from the point.  Do the same glueing the inner wings onto the middle wings.  Then we change our pattern.  Take the other tip of the inner wings and glue it just below the other inner wing that you just glued on.  Next glue on the middle wing and finally the other tip of the outer wing.
  • Repeat to make a second wing.
  • Bring the 2 wings together. I usually snip off the pointed tip, so the wings fit together better. Glue the tips together.
  • Glue the wings to the ribbon lined alligator clip.
  • Next, make the antennae and glue onto the clip.
  • Last, glue on the pom poms.

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Woven Heart for Valentine’s Day

This woven heart can is very versatile, as it can be made with ribbon as shown here, or even as a craft for kids with construction paper.  Once complete, it can be placed on a hair clip, or a pin or even a badge reel holder. Here we use 3/8″ wide saddle stitch grosgrain in white with red stitch and red with black stitch.

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White with red stitch:
4″ and 4.5″

Red with black stitch:
4″ and 4.5″

For saddle stitch ribbon, I find it easier to stack the layers first before heat sealing the ends.  Take the 4″ piece and place it on top of the 4.5″ piece of the same color and adhere together on one end with a dot of glue. Repeat with other color.  Then heat seal all ends.

Place glued end on one of the sets on top of the other set on the glued end at a 90 degree angle to each other.  Then begin weaving and gluing each step of the way.

I will need to include more detailed pictures later on for these steps.

Gingerbread Boy and Girl Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clips

Date Created: Winter 2015
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 1 hour
Pricing: $12
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Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ holiday print ribbon
  • 1/8″ green grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 3/4″ alligator clip
  • 4-6 mm rhinestones
  • thin black rope
  • needle and thread
  • 7/8″ red grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/4″ baby white ricrac
  • tiny googly eyes
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 1″ of 7/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon for head
  • (2) 3″ of 3/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon for arms
  • (2) 4″ of 3/8″ brown grosgrain ribbon for legs
  • 2″ of 3/8″ holiday print ribbon for tiny bow
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ holiday print ribbon for clip liner
  • 3/4″ of 1/8″ green grosgrain ribbon for bow center
  • (2) green 5-6 mm rhinestones for buttons
  • (2) pink 4-5mm pink rhinestones for cheeks
  • 3/4″-1″ of thin black rope for smile
  • needle and thread to make bow
  • 7/8″ red grosgrain ribbon for skirt if making a girl
  • (4) 3/4″ of 1/4″ baby white ricrac for icing on arms and legs
  • (2) approx 5mm tiny googly eyes
 
Gingerbread Tutorial Videos
Arms and legs (Coming very soon, working on the uploads)
Head and face (Coming very soon, working on the uploads)
Skirt (Coming very soon, working on the uploads)

Mini Clippies

Date Created: 12/15/14
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Time to Complete: 5-10 minutes
Pricing:  $1.50 for regular, $1.75 for 2 layer mini clippie
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Materials:
  • All 3/8″ ribbon, colors of choice
  • Single prong 1.75″ salon clip
  • Silly grip non-slip grip
  • Optional: rhinestone or embellishment, 10mm or less
  • Optional: knotted bow center wrap
Measurements:
  • Bow: 3″
  • Bow center wrap: 1″
  • Clip liner: 4.5″
  • Optional: for a double layer bow, use 2.5″ for the top loop and 3″ for the bottom loop

 

Mini Clippies with Knotted Centers

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Mini Clippies with 2 Layers and Knotted Center

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Patriotic 3 Layer Shabby Flower

This shabby layered flower is perfect for any patriotic holiday.  It is also one of my most popular bows I sell on Etsy.  It’s one of the flowers though, that I absolutely LOVED the first time I made it, and now I’m having a hard time getting it to be exactly the same again because I never wrote down the measurements the first time, ugh. There are some comparison photos so you can see, I got it as close as possible.  Also I ran out of my favorite material, that was a gift from my aunt, and is probably 20 years old, because I can’t find exactly the same kind anywhere.  I bought 3 very expensive similar yards instead.
Date Created: Summer 2014
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 20 minutes
Pricing: $5 +
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Materials Needed:
  • Red material
  • White material
  • Blue with stars
  • 18mm rhinestone
  • 2.25″ flat toothed alligator clip
  • Non slip grip
  • Felt
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • Red material: 4 flowers, 3.25″ diameter, 5 petals
  • White material: 4 flowers, 2.75″ diameter, 5 petals
  • Blue with stars: 4 flowers, 2″, 5 petals
  • Felt: 1.25″ circle
 
Instructions:
  • I cut out a strip of red material 3 5/8″ wide using the 3 5/8″ square template to fold it over. Then I traced the 3 1/2″ flower on, slid the template out and then cut out the flower.
  • First I roll all four colors in my hands to get them squished up a little bit. Then I roll one to time for a few seconds to get them a little shabbier. The longer you roll the shabbier they look.
  • Second layer, which is the white layer, I used the 2 3/4″ flower template.
  • When folding the bigger 2 layers of petals, hold two petals up to up to meet in the middle of one petal and then fold in together. However leave the side facing you slightly more towards the left so you have a flower petal bigger than 90 degrees. That will help close up any gaps.
  • For the blue with white stars later, I used the 2″template. Try to make these petals exactly 90° when folded since they are the top layer. Since they are smaller, petals they’re much easier to line up at 90 degrees.
  • Top with an 18 millimeter rhinestone, and choice of back mount.

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When comparing the old flower clip to the new flower clip, it appears that maybe the biggest layer was a bit smaller than 3 1/2″, maybe 3 1/4″ and the white layer may have been 2 1/2″. But the 2″ top layer looks appropriate.  New one on left, old one on right.Picture (10).jpg

Christmas Wreath Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 11/12/15
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
Price: $5 (only because once you get better at making the military braid, you can make them much more quickly)
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Materials Needed:
  • 1/4″ green grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ red grosgrain ribbon (or any color for bow on wreath)
  • 6mm red or colored jewels for embellishment
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 40″ of 1/4″ green
  • 5″ of red for bow
  • 4.5″ of red for clip liner
Instructions:
  • I followed my purchased instructions for Turtle Ribbon Sculpture by Ella Bella Bows for military braid.
Notes:
Make on hair clip, magnet, pin or ornament for tree.
10/9/16: Tried again with the shiny 1/4″ satin and measurements were perfect. Also used 6mm lighter red jewels and 4 1/2″ of the red polka dot ribbon for both the clip liner and bow.
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