Friday, July 24, 2015

HOW TO DIY mini loopy bow tutorial (GIVEAWAY)

We're going to learn how to make this simple but CUTE mini loopy puff bow! Even better, 
you have a chance to win this bow! See more details on how to enter to win at the end of 
this blog post. Now let's get started!
Supplies Needed:

Hot glue/hot glue gun
Needle and thread
Lighter for heat sealing
2 felt circles
1 lined alligator clip (I prefer to use double prong alligator clips for these bows.)
50 pieces of 3/8" grosgrain cut to 2" each (these measurements are for a mini 2" completed bow)
Take your first piece of ribbon, fold it in half, and stack it on your needle, with the two
ends stacked on top of each other.  At this point, I take my lighter and I heat seal the
two ends, while the ribbon is stacked on my needle.
You can stack one piece at a time, or do what I do, and stack multiple pieces at a time 
and then heat seal. Just stack the ribbon in whichever pattern you prefer and continue 
doing this until all pieces are on your needle and thread. As you put more and more pieces
on, you'll need to slide your ribbon down onto the thread.
Once you have all 50 pieces threaded onto your needle and thread, make sure you 
have enough thread on each end of your stack to be able to tie a knot. This is what 
your 50 pieces of ribbon look like after they are all on your thread.

Now, tie a knot in your thread.


Pull really tight when your are securing your knot so that there is no slack in your thread.
I like to knot mine several times to make sure it's secure. Once your knot it secure, cut off
your excess thread.

Flip your bow over, this is what the bottom of your bow will look like. You will need to 
arrange your ribbon until you have a nice little circle formed, that looks similar to this.
Once you've formed the circle on the bottom, flip your bow over. This is the top of your bow. 
Now you need to fluff your ribbon and separate any pieces that are too close together so
that you get a nice round puff.
Once you have fluffed your bow into the shape desired, flip it back over to the bottom 
of the bow. Take one of your felt circles, put hot glue on it, and then attach that to the bottom
of your bow.

Secure this by holding down firmly for about 15 seconds.

Now take your other felt circle and put a strip of glue on the center.
You will open your alligator clip and attach it to this strip of glue, press
firmly for about 15 seconds to secure.
Once your felt circle is attached to your alligator clip, line the felt circle and alligator 
clip with hot glue. Take that and with the lined side of your alligator clip down, attach that
to the existing felt circle that is already attached to your bow.

Now your alligator clip is firmly attached to your bow. You're almost done!

At this point, I do a final fluffing and then I spray my bow with Suave 10 hairspray to stiffen
my bow so it will hold its shape. You can also use a liquid starch, Stiffen Stuff, or some other
sort of stiffening solution. I then blow dry my bow, upside down so it remains fluffy, on the
cool setting. Once the bow is dry, you can add other fun little embellishments, like rhinestones,
to give your bow a little extra "wow" factor!
This is my completed mini loopy puff bow with some little rhinestones added! It's a nice,
fluffy, round circle and is ready for wearing! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing sweet girl .. gonna try this for a sweet little friend!!! Bets