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.
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Pinwheels with Tails (5/8″ ribbon) for 4th of July

Pinwheels with tails, made with 5/8″ ribbon for 4th of July

Date Created: 6/30/16
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete:
Pricing: $2.50
Materials Needed:
  • 5/8″ ribbon for bow
  • 1/4″ ribbon for center wrap
  • 3/8″ ribbon for clip liner
  • 1.75″ alligator clip
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • lighter or flame
  • needle and thread
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • bow: 9.5″ of 5/8″ red ribbon
  • center wrap: a few inches of 1/4″ navy ribbon
  • clip liner: 3/8″ white with red stripes ribbon
 
Instructions:
  • Wrap the 5/8″ ribbon around a 1.75″ template to form pinwheel shape with tails.
  • Run needle and thread through center line, 2 stitches per piece of ribbon.
  • Cinch, wrap tight, and tie off.
  • Wrap and glue on center wrap.
  • Glue to ribbon lined alligator clip.

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Pinwheel (5/8″ ribbon) Hair Bow for 4th of July

Date Created: 6/2016
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete:
Pricing: $2.50
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Materials Needed:
  • 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (blue with white stars)
  • 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (red)
  • 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (white)
  • small clip
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • top half of pinwheel: 4″ of 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (blue with white stars)
  • bottom half of pinwheel: 4″ of 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (red)
  • center wrap: 4″ of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (white)
 
Instructions:
  • Fold ribbon as if making a tuxedo bow, but add both ribbons to the needle and thread.  Cinch the thread, wrap and tie off, to make a pinwheel.

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)

Snail Ribbon Sculpture

Date Created: 5/13/16
Difficulty LevelAdvanced
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Materials Needed:
ALL 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon:
  • Outside 10″
  • Inside 7″
  • Clip liner 4.5″
  • Body 4″
  • Antennae 1″

Notes:

  • For a 5 loop snail shell, begin inside and end outside with same color, usually the darker color. Have at least 3 inches extra of that color.
  • To start, glue top of outside piece facing down or inside against the other piece.