How to Make an Easy Bow from Ribbon Scraps!

by Kim on November 26, 2009

Simply put – I love ribbon. I use ribbon to embellish all kinds of things, except for one thing: bows for gift-wrapping. True story.  But here’s an idea for making a fancy-schmancy bow with any left-over ribbon scraps! You’ll WOW your friends with your bow-making abilities (or lack of). ;)   I created this same bow for the feauture in Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!


1 Jenny 11.27.09 at 5:33 pm

Super cute :) I love it! I am all thumbs when it comes to making bows and I have developed tremors in my hands for some reason. I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

2 Sonia 12.03.09 at 4:38 am

Loved it! I have lots of ribbon scraps that I use to give to my preschoolers to use, I think now i’m going to keep them for bows!! Thanks for reminding us that scraps matter!

3 Jean Lowenberger 12.03.09 at 4:47 am

Super idea, a project that my little granddaughters will just love! Can’t wait till they come to visit and they ask, “Grandma, what can we make today”?

4 Heather 12.03.09 at 5:23 am

SOO cute! To answer the question, you need wired ribbon. Can’t wait to use some of my scraps for this! Thank you for such great ideas!

5 Shawnna 12.03.09 at 6:16 am

Wire ribbon! Who knew scraps could be so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this, it is just the cutest thing…

6 Jen 12.03.09 at 7:03 am

Wire ribbon! I’m going to start saving my ribbon scraps!

7 Diana Frakes 12.03.09 at 7:17 am

I say use whatever ribbon scraps you have I think the ideas are endless.
Great ideas.. I love this website… Keep up the great work..

8 Kimberly 12.03.09 at 7:47 am

I need to go get some wire ribbon! What cute bows! I love all the projects… I will for sure have to make some of these bows to dress up my gifts!

9 Sara@HappyBrownHouse 12.03.09 at 7:54 am

Wire edged ribbon. Super cute and easy idea. I love being able to use all of my scraps

10 Laura Pearce 12.03.09 at 8:15 am

Adorable idea, love the bell in the middle of the package in the photo :) You need to use scraps of ribbon from other projects. Some should be wire edged so it is moldable. The others can be rick rack or other pretty bits. Love the twisty tie idea, I always use gardening wire for my bows and a twisty tie would be easier ;)

11 Robyn 12.03.09 at 8:17 am

I think they are both incredibly clever. What a great idea!

12 Tiffani 12.03.09 at 8:22 am

Wired ribbon! I am so grateful that you are showing ways to use my ribbon, Thank you!

13 Suz313 12.03.09 at 8:55 am

Wonderful and very easy way to to off your SWAK packages!

14 teri 12.03.09 at 8:59 am

Great idea! Been looking for an easy ribbon to make. Wired Ribbon perfect!

15 gramma grammie 12.03.09 at 9:32 am

I have the perfect tactful answer to the “who is better question”. It’s the same answer I always gave my kids when they were little. “You’re BOTH better”, lol!

16 Kerrie B. 12.03.09 at 11:07 am

You need wired ribbon. :) So cute.

17 Marilyn2222 12.03.09 at 11:10 am

Wow. You just need scraps of wired ribbon. Neat!

18 Dina 12.03.09 at 11:43 am

Wire trimmed ribbon and of course some rick-rack!

19 Sarah in MO 12.03.09 at 1:55 pm

Very cute!! I could do that. All you need is wire trimmed ribbon and you’re set!

20 Beth 12.03.09 at 2:10 pm

Wonderful! I have lots of wired ribbon so will be able to use it for this project.

21 Barb Hale 12.03.09 at 2:19 pm

Any kind of scrap ribbon, but if it has wire edges is easier to work with.

22 Pam 12.03.09 at 3:01 pm

I love to use tulle as ribbon – very forgiving!

23 Jenn @ FFP 12.03.09 at 3:22 pm

That is super cute and so very easy. I can’t toss any of my scrap ribbon, rick rack or fabric either!!! Great usage of it!

24 Becky 12.03.09 at 3:52 pm

I can finally get rid of some this ribbon taking over my drawer.

25 Becky 12.03.09 at 3:53 pm

To answer the question, it is wire ribbon.

26 Carolyn Hutchinson 12.03.09 at 5:02 pm

You need wired ribbon. What a great way to use up my scraps. I hate to throw anything away!

27 shelley cline 12.03.09 at 6:59 pm

wire ribbon is the answer. cute bow. I hate tieing bows. they are always uneven.

28 Connie T 12.03.09 at 9:11 pm

Well this is a fun way to make bows…love it…

Answer to the question is…Scraps of left overs…anything you have left any sizes and Wired would be perfect to hold the shape…but Ric Rac is perfect we love love love our Ric Rac…so then with the cool Trash Tie idea..the perfect bow!!

29 Rachel 12.04.09 at 9:32 am

You need scraps of wire ribbon to make this adorable bow.

30 Adena 12.04.09 at 7:08 pm

What a perfect idea for all those scrap pieces!! Wire edged ribbon works the best but also rick rack – which I also love.

31 Laura 12.04.09 at 10:13 pm

I guess wire edged ribbon works the best so you can get the fluff that is so cute.

32 Sheila C 12.05.09 at 10:50 am

You need wired ribbon to make these great bows!!

Great video



33 Kelly 12.05.09 at 10:50 am

Wire ribbon. Love the easy button!
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34 Karen 12.05.09 at 6:11 pm

Wired ribbon … and thanks for the easy way to make a pretty bow!

35 Marci 12.06.09 at 3:15 am

wired ribbon (along with other ribbon scraps). Cute and easy!

36 Jaime B. 12.06.09 at 9:46 am

I love stash busters. I can use up all my wire ribbon to make bows.

Stash Buster
Super Great Idea!

37 Jaime B. 12.06.09 at 9:47 am

I can use up all my wire ribbon to make bows.

Stash Buster
Super Great Idea!

38 Jennifer C 12.07.09 at 8:58 am

Great idea! I don’t have wire ribbon though. =( Maybe I should stock up in all the great sales going on.

39 Melissa 12.08.09 at 10:37 am

That is brilliant! So much easier than the “easy bow maker” I bought from the craft store. Looks like any wire edged ribbon will do the trick – thanks for that “easy” project! :-)

40 Deborah K 12.08.09 at 4:37 pm

wired ribbon

41 Vicki Arnold 12.10.09 at 3:22 pm

I don’t have much wired ribbon, but that is too cute!

42 Andrea McMann 12.12.09 at 6:20 am

Wire trimmed ribbon….a girl’s best friend! :D

43 Gloria Elswood 12.15.09 at 12:29 am

ired ribbon…who knew!

44 Kelly O. 12.15.09 at 6:41 am

wire trimmed ribbon and a trash tie–awesome!

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