Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pinwheel Princess Bow

 I've made many a bow in the last few years as my friends started producing baby girls.  I decided to explore the cheerleaderish type bow.  This little pink mess is a pinwheel bow.  For the center I used these little crown buttons I found at Hobby Lobby.
All you need is ribbon (I used some that is about 3/4 inch thing), a thinner/matching piece for the center (if you aren't using a button, you tie a little knot and either glue it down or sew it down).  Wire/thread or glue for the middle to hold it together, and a match or fire to heat the edges of the ribbon so it won't fray, scissors, and glue.
 I decided on the side I wanted it to be and just took my ribbon, left a tail the size of the loop, and went back...
 ...and forth (to loops here)...
 ...and back and forth again so you now have two loops on each side, and two tails.  I overlapped it by about 2/3 of the ribbon so my pinwheel wouldn't be too wide.  You are actually looking at what is going to be the back of the bow here (the tails will be on the front).
 Pinch it in the middle (the tails should still be facing the back)....
 ...then accordion fold each side back up towards the pinched center.
 At this point you can tie it with wire, sew it (like I did), or glue it.
 I sewed the crown onto the front.  You could tie a knot in your thinner piece of ribbon, then glue it to the front, and wrap the ends around the back, overlapping your clip.
 Since I did a different center, I used my ribbon, slide it between the back of my alligator clip, glued it down, and wrapped it up to meet my crown at the front...
 Glued down...
 ...glued over the top towards the crown...
 ...ready to clip...
 I used the flame to sheer the edges of the ribbon tails so they won't fray....ready for a princess' head.

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