Three Ways to Tie a Perfect Bow
The holidays are a season of giving and of decoration. Bows are a simple and elegant way to make gifts of all shapes and sizes more festive. Of course we like things that come in small packages the best!
The bows here are three basic styles everyone should know. The final shape of the bow will depend on the texture and width of the ribbon used. You can combine different types of ribbon to make bunches of the same kind of bow. Or, use just one type of ribbon and play with a variety of tying styles. Whatever the style and wherever you use it, the perfect bow will add the final magic touch to tying the knot.
Favorite Bow Perfectly suited to wire-edge or stiff ribbons that hold their shape (taffeta, organdy, or grosgrain), the Favorite Bow is charming when freestanding — sewn to a sash or attached to the side of a table — or as a wrapping; you’ll need at least twelve inches of ribbon just for the bow. If wrapping a box, first tie a left-over-right half-knot.
1. Shape two evenly sized loops, one in each side of the ribbon.
2. Cross right loop over left one.
3. Knot loops by threading right loop behind left one, under, and up through the hole; make sure ribbon is not twisted or bunched.
4. Pull loops into a smooth knot. Adjust loops; trim tails to be slightly longer than loops.
Double Bow To make a perfect double bow, leave enough tail on both ends of the first bow to make the second one. An extra set of hands is also helpful to ensure that loops are taut. First, follow directions for the Favorite Bow, leaving an even tail on both sides; don’t finish ends.
1. Position bow horizontally, and determine which tail exits the knot on the top, and which exits underneath. Make a loop in each tail.
2. Cross top loop over bottom one.
3. Knot by threading top loop behind bottom one, under, and up through the hole; make sure ribbon is not twisted or bunched.
4. Pull loops to tighten; make sure knot of second bow overlaps knot of first. Trim tails, and arrange loops.
The Winged Bow This classic treatment is simple, not frilly, and perfect for smaller packages. You’ll need twelve to fourteen inches of ribbon to work with after encircling the object; use a right-over-left half-knot to secure the object.
1. Cross left tail over right one.
2. Knot ribbon by threading left tail behind right one, under, and up through the hole; make sure ribbon is not twisted or bunched.
3. Pull evenly on tails until ribbon has tightened into a clean, smooth knot.
4. Arrange folds, and trim ends of ribbon.