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Make A Pinwheel Bow

Tutorial By Laura Gilbert

The video version of this tutorial is available on YouTube

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Step 1:
These instructions utilize a cardboard template. This is not necessary, but will ensure that you will get uniform bows each time. This is great for making matched sets. To make the template cut the cardboard to the desired width. It should be about 1/2 wider than the finished bow size. Cut out the exact middle. This will be where you place the clip to slide the ribbon off the template.

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Materials Needed:

Ribbon cut to desired length
Cardboard templates (optional)
Jumbo salon clip
Embroidery floss

Ribbon Width

Finished Bow Width

Length of Ribbon Needed

1 1/2" Ribbon

4" Bow

23" Ribbon

1 1/2" Ribbon

3" Bow

18" Ribbon

7/8" Ribbon

3" Bow

19 1/2" Ribbon

7/8" Ribbon

2" Bow

14" Ribbon

5/8" Ribbon

2" Bow

14" Ribbon

5/8" Ribbon

2" One Loop Bow

7" Ribbon

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Step 2:
Take the ribbon and align with the top of the template.

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Step 3:
Wrap the ribbon up the back of the template.

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Step 4:
Wrap the ribbon down the front of the template.

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Step 5:
Wrap the ribbon up the back of the template again.

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Step 6:
Wrap the final length of ribbon down the front template. Trim any excess ribbon.

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Step 7:
Take the jumbo salon clip and place it in the middle of the template where you cut made the cut in the cardboard.

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Step 8:
Carefully slide the ribbon off the template being careful not to move any of the loops. Make sure the ribbon is tightly held with the clip and that that clip does not move from the middle of the clip.

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Step 9:
Wrap the embroidery floss around the ribbon while it is still in the clip two times.


Step 10:
Tightly pull the floss and tie the floss. Trim the edges for the desired finished look.

Making The Template


Laura Gilbert
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