Bow Tie Affair

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Give gifts a sophisticated look with crafty bows! Patterned papers give white paper bags a party-ready look when accordion-folded into bow ties. Wrap yarn into bows and thread them onto a length of baker’s twine for cute garland or present toppers!

How to Make a Paper Bow: 

Designed by Elizabeth Stumbo

Materials:

  • 5×10″ piece of double-sided patterned paper
  • 12×212” piece of double-sided patterned paper
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

1. Using a ruler and bone folder, score marks every 12” along the length of the 5×10″ piece of double-sided patterned paper.

2. Accordion-fold paper along the scored marks. Pinch paper together at center of folds. Place a small dab of hot glue at center of pleats on the back of the bow to hold it together.

3. Wrap the 12×212” piece of double-sided patterned paper around pinched center and hot-glue ends together on the back of the bow.

How To Make a Yarn-Bow Garland

Designed by Heidi Vetter; sewcraftcreate.com

1. Wrap yarn around three fingers 30 times, keeping yarn uniform and straight as you wrap. Cut yarn end. Loosely tie a small length of yarn around center of wraps.

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2. Slip wraps off fingers and tighten yarn around center of wraps; do not trim yarn from ball.

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3. Using the yarn attached to the ball, wrap yarn around center approximately 10 times, keeping yarn uniform and straight as you wrap. Cut yarn and secure end to back of bow with a knot through the center wraps. Repeat steps 1–3 to make the number of bows you want.

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4. Cut baker’s twine to desired length and thread it onto a yarn needle. Thread each bow onto the strand of baker’s twine through the back of the center wraps, adjusting the spacing of the bows as you like.

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