Bows that are Perfectly Symmetrical, Perfectly Easy, Every Time!
Bows are a great way to decorate stationery and other paper crafts, but tying dozens of perfect, symmetrical bows can be frustrating, time consuming, and downright annoying. You know the drill - uneven loops and tails, twisted ribbon, crooked bows, tie, after retie, after retie. . . no fun!
Thanks to Bow-Easy, the days of bow-tying frustration are over! Bow-Easy is a simple, lightweight tool that allows you to make perfectly symmetrical bows time and again using ribbon, string, twine, or even cloth. Single, double, triple loop or more, whatever you choose, it can be created in a snap with Bow-Easy!
Intrigued? Well then read on! Below, we'll tell you more about Bow-Easy and show you just how it works!
Make Seven Different Size Bows with Bow-Easy
With Bow-Easy, you can make bows with seven different loop sizes, as represented by purple banding in the diagram.
- 3/4 inch
- 1 inch
- 1 1/4 inch
- 1 3/8 inch
- 1 3/4 inch
- 2 3/8 inch
- 2 3/4 inch
Pick the size or sizes that are best for your creative project, and let's get started!
Step 1. Hold Bow-Easy with Thumb + Forefinger
Hold Bow-Easy on the side that corresponds to the bow size you wish to make with your thumb on top and your forefinger below.
Your thumb will be used to catch the ribbon each time it is wrapped around.
Step 2. Hold Ribbon in Place with Thumb + Wrap Around Bow-Easy
Leaving an adequate ribbon tail to start, hold one end of your ribbon under your thumb and wrap around as may times as you want loops on your bow, catching ribbon with your thumb each time it is wrapped.
Be sure to leave an opening at the top, as you will thread ribbon down through this opening later.
Step 3. Cut off End of Ribbon
Cut the end of the ribbon, leaving adequate room for tying and a tail, typically about 4 extra inches from the end of the Bow-Easy.
Step 4. Pull End of Ribbon Down Through Center Opening, Leaving Loop at Top
Sticking to the same direction of wrapping, guide the loose end of your ribbon down through the center opening, leaving a loop at the top
Note: If you guide the ribbon through the center opening from the direction opposite your wrapping, you will not make a symmetrical bow.
Step 5. Bring End Back Through Loop into a Loose Knot
Again, sticking to the same wrapping direction, thread your ribbon end through the loop you just created to make a loose knot.
Step 6. Pull Down Through Center Again to Make Tight Knot
Same direction, thread ribbon through loop one more time to make a tight knot. Your bow is now secure, symmetrical, and is ready to be removed from the Bow-Easy!
Step 7. Remove From Bow Easy, Fluff Bow Ends
Slide your bow off the Bow-Easy, fluff the ends, and cut the tails as you see fit.
Step 8. Attach to Project
You're now ready to embellish your creative project with the perfect bow you just made! There are two ways to do this.
Attach Bow Directly to Project Using your craft adhesive of choice, attach your bow directly to your project.
Attach Bow to Ribbon First for a Tied Look For a tied look, attach your bow to matching ribbon first, then onto the project. You can either glue the ribbon and bow together or thread the ribbon through the loop in the center of your bow.