So I have another bow tutorial for you guys today. I really like bows. But this tutorial is a little different, because it uses a bow maker, instead of me trying to do it all by hand. About a week and a half ago I was given a mini Bowdabra bow making kit, and it pretty much changed the way I make bows. Once and a while I will probably still sew a bow or just try something new to see if I can, but for no-sew bows, a bow maker is the way to go. It’s fast, easy, and gives you a polished look that hot glue just doesn’t seem to do.
*Bowdabra did provide me with a mini bow making kit for this post, however all opinions and projects are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
For this post I made a pair of St. Patrick’s Day bows, because that is coming up fast (March 17th). I have a video for you guys today, or keep scrolling if you’d rather read the tutorial.
To make these bows you will need:
- Ribbon – I used ½” ribbon
- Tulle – Cut into a 1” strip (You could also use another ribbon)
- 2 Beads
- Bowdabra bow wire
- Bowdabra bow maker
To get started measure 12” of your Bowdabra wire. You can use the nifty ruler that attaches to the bow maker (I love this ruler because it also keeps your bows nice and even as you go). Once the ribbon is cut, fold it in half and tuck it into the bow maker lengthwise.
Start with your tulle or wide ribbon. Tuck it horizontally into the bow maker leaving a small tail. Then simply loop it over and tuck it in again. You can use the ruler to measure your bow loops. I choose 1 ½” loops.
Use your tulle to make a second set of loops, each only 1” long this time. Cut your left over tulle off and use the Bowdabra wand to scrunch down your fabric.
Tuck your second ribbon into the bow maker the same way as you did before. Make two loops on each side measuring 1” each. You may not be able to see the ruler anymore, but you can use your tulle loop as a guide.
Use the Bowdabra wand to scrunch down your ribbon again, and cut off the extra.
Take the wand out and pull the Bowdabra wire (this should be securely under your bow) up just a bit. Place the loose ends through a bead and then through the looped end of the wire. Carefully pull the bow out while tightening your wire.
Make sure your wire is in the center back of your bow. Tighten and tie a knot. Clip the excess wire and any ribbon tails, and fluff your bow.
Attach the bow to your dog and enjoy. For this step there are actually two ways to do it depending on your dog’s coat. If your dog has long fur and can wear normal bows without a problem you can just hot glue an alligator clip on the back and voila. But if you have a short haired dog like I do, Chihuahuas, Labs, Great Danes, Pit bulls…the answer is girlie glue. It’s an all-natural, non-toxic glue, which is actually made for babies, but it works great for short haired dogs too. Who knew; I am endlessly amazed at the amount of kid stuff and pet stuff that is interchangeable.
And that’s it; your bow is made. I know eight steps seem like a lot, but really, I just broke it way down. Once you make one bow with this thing, you’ll be an expert, it is really that easy. If you’re into fancier bows, the bow maker comes with a CD that is full of bow inspiration and more tutorials. Bowdabra can be found in most craft stores, and online. I looked for Girlie Glue in every store near me, but could not find it, you can find it on Amazon though.
How often does your dog wear bows? Would you use a bow maker to help accessorize her?