Saturday, December 4, 2010

Super Saturday Tutorial: Double Loop Bow on your fingertips!

I’ve been asked so many times to share how I tie Double Loop Bows that I suppose it’s high time I wrote a tutorial for my readers and followers here on Created By You.   The Double Loop Bow tying technique is a little tricky at first, but once you master it, you will find it a quick and simple way to tie an elegant bow… on your very own fingers!  My customers and friends have all mastered this technique, and I know you will too… so with a nod to Ilina Crouse who first shared how she ties the Double Loop Bow on her Hubby’s fingers… here we go!

Double Loop Bow Finger Tying Method Tutorial

Simple Supply List for the Double Loop Bow:

  • 5/8” Satin Ribbon (a wider ribbon is easier to use when you’re first learning this technique)
  • Ribbon Scissors
  • Paper Snips

Step by Step Pictures for Double Loop Bow:

I work with the ribbon on the spool, so there is very little waste.  I’ll be using my right hand to tie the bow on the fingers of my left hand Smile  I begin by placing the spool to the left of my fingers, and pulling the tail across two fingers on my left hand.  If you are left handed, you will want the spool to the right of your fingers, and the tail would be pulled in the opposite direction… but there the dissimilarities end.DLB1_SharonField

Working with the tail of the ribbon, wrap the ribbon around your fingers two times, so there are two complete loops on each finger.  Here’s a photo of what it will look like… although there is a tail from the spool and the end of the ribbon, neither forms a complete loop…


Now, spreading your fingers slightly, you will tuck the loose tail of the ribbon between your fingers where the “V” is formed on your hand.  I’m working with a longer than normal tail so that I can exaggerate the photos and clearly display what I’m doing.  In reality, you probably wouldn’t want to spread your fingers this far apart… I’m just trying to make the photo depiction as clear as possible.


Notice the tail of the ribbon goes down through the V, and back up towards your finger tips.

Next, you will wrap the tail of the ribbon back over the loops on your fingers as shown in the photo below.DLB4a_SharonField


The next step is to wrap and tuck the tail of the ribbon in the small loop formed when you went through the V.  I generally have more involvement from my thumb when tying the double loop bow, but for the sake of the photo, I’m keeping it out of the way Smile


Cinch down the ribbon to tighten it… but not all the way….  This is the back of the Double Loop Bow…


After slipping the double loop bow from your fingers, you will want to manipulate the ribbon to ensure it is neat and tidy on the front before tightening the knot the rest of the way.DLB8_SharonField

Of course, the tail is longer than I would normally have worked with… just because I wanted to be able to show you full detail.  Normally there is very little waste when tying this bow!  Now all there is left to do is to attach the bow to your card… When attaching the bow, I generally prefer to use three mini glue dots (or more for wider ribbons)... one behind the knot, and one just to each side of the knot… keeps it from moving or slipping undone!

Psst… tomorrow I have a fabulous guest stamper with a gorgeous card that makes my Aerial Snowman look pitiful… just wait until you see this card!



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Amy said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial--and to think I was about to buy a Bow Easy!

Handcrafted By Dawn said...

One word, AWESOME. For those of us who craft after everyone has gone to bed (leaving no spare fingers to assist with ribbons) thanks so much for sharing this! The photos are fabulous and I will be trying this soon. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!!

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the pictures and step-by-step tutorial! Your bows are always gorgeous. I'm still trying to master a single loop bow!

scrappychica said...

Great pictures, thank you for the step by step!

Andrea said...

Thanks so much for putting together this tutorial - I can't wait to try out this technique. Your bows are always soooo gorgeous!