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 (7/8″ ribbon)

Pinwheels with tails, made with 7/8″ ribbon for 4th of July

Date Created: 6/30/16
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete:
Pricing: $3.00
Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ ribbon
  • 1/4″ ribbon
  • 3/8″ ribbon
  • 1.75″ alligator clip
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • lighter or flame
  • needle and thread
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • bow: 11″ of 7/8″ navy ribbon
  • center wrap: a few inches of 1/4″ navy ribbon
  • clip liner: 3/8″ navy ribbon
 
Instructions:
  • Wrap the 7/8″ ribbon around a 2″ 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.

 

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.

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

Popsicle Hair Clip

Popsicle Hair Clip for the 4th of July

I had been wanting to make these all summer long and then finally she put on this shirt and I just had to make a popsicle bow to go with it for her.

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So I made 1 to match the shirt and then made 2 other pops with the 4th of July inspiration

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Here’s the measurements I used to make them.

  • 2″ of 1 1/2″ blue with white stars grosgrain
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ red with white polka dots grosgrain for mini decorative bow
  • 1″ 0f 1/8″ white for bow center of mini decorative bow
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ grosgrain for ribbon lined hair clip
  • 1/2″ of a  popsicle stick, score halfway with blade and then snap in half

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Here’s most of how I did it.  I left out details on repetitive bow making steps, but you can probably find tutorials on how to do those steps in my other blog posts.

  1. Cut rounded corners on blue with white stars ribbon. Cut the top corner a bit deeper in than on the bottom curves and then cut a “bite” shape into other top corner.  Use a lighter or candle as you seal it to adjust the shape of the “bite” to your liking.
  2. I cut felt for backing the popsicle to help hold it a bit more rigid so it wasn’t flopping around.  I got some very thin sturdier than normal, felt in a double sized sheet at the Hobby Lobby and that worked perfectly.  I cut it in about 1/4″ from all edges.  Adhere with hot glue.
  3. Line clip with a color similar to the popsicle stick, i used peach, it was the closest I had.
  4. Next, decide how long you want your stick to stick out the bottom and glue popsicle stick to pop.
  5. Be sure to line the clip (what I consider backwards) so that long flat side of the clip is fully lined with ribbon and bent side of clip is closer to the head.  Then glue ribbon lined clip to the back of the popsicle stick.
  6. Finally, make a mini decorative bow and add that to the front.  You don’t have to have that bow, but I think they look way cuter that way.

Wear the bow alone, or clip onto another bigger bow 🙂

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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. 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.

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Materials:
18mm rhinestone
2.25″ flat toothed alligator clip
Non slip grip
Felt
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

NOTE: another note I found shows the following different measurements
  • red uses 3 1/2″ flower
  • white uses 3″ flower
  • blue with stars uses 2 1/4″ flower
 I cut out a strip of red material 3 5/8 inches wide using the 3 5/8 inches 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 shabby. The longer you roll the shabbier they look.

Second layer, which is the white layer, I used the two and three quarters 2 3/4″ inch flower template.

When folding the bigger 2 layers of petals, hold two petals up to up to meet in the middle of one pedal and then folded 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 inch template. Try to make these petals exactly 90° when folded since they are the top player. 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.

When comparing the old flower clip to the new flower clip it appears that maybe the biggest layer was a bit smaller than three and a half inches, maybe three and a quarter inches and the white layer may have been two and a half inches. But the 2-inch Center looks appropriate.

Layer beginning with felt circle on bottom